Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Green SoCal Headlines: Feds Greenlight 2 California Solar Power Plants

Feds Greenlight 2 California Solar Power Plants
Summary: For the first time, federal land managers gave final approval Tuesday for the construction of two large solar installations on public lands that could power hundreds of thousands of homes with renewable energy.

Construction Begins for Largest School Solar Power Installation in California
Summary: Solar company PsomasFMG has started construction on a $52-million solar power installation for the Antelope Valley Union High School District. The 9.6 Megawatt system, which will use approximately 41,000 photovoltaic panels, constitutes the largest school solar power project to date in California.

Schwarzenegger Marks Four Years of AB 32, Touts Clean Tech
Summary: The Governator is hardly leaving office meekly. He recently toured California, touting the fourth anniversary of AB 32's passing. Schwarzenegger is throwing himself into the fight against Prop 23, and he says he will push for clean technology long after his term as governor expires.

Prop 23 Would Kill Advanced Biofuel Technology
Summary: Hopefully, you've heard lots of buzz about Prop 23 by now, the ballot measure that would effectively repeal California's landmark clean energy and climate law (AB 32). Voting no on 23 sends a clear message that California does not want to lose its advantage as the country's cleantech leader.

Fake Farmers Markets? Vendors Busted in LA
Summary: NBC Los Angeles visited various farmers markets across the city, and trailed some vendors who claimed their farms grew everything from broccoli to avocados. But the truth was eventually revealed: visits to farms showed rows of rows of dirt, and one vendor was even caught purchasing vegetables, many of them from Mexico, at Los Angeles's mammoth wholesale market outside of downtown.

AltCar Expo offers alt cars that can actually be driven ... by you
Summary: We've been hearing about them for months: The all-electric Nissan Leaf, the extended-range electric Chevrolet Volt, the Mercedes-Benz B-class F-cell. During this weekend's AltCar Expo at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 20 alternative-propulsion vehicles won't just be on display. They can actually be driven. By you.

Fresno Bids to Be CA HSR's Garage
Summary: The California High-Speed Rail Authority has decided that the right place for a maintenance facility is in the Central Valley, but the location has yet to be decided. With new matching funds, Fresno may have a leg up.

"We Can and Will" Build HSR
Summary: Roelof van Ark, CEO of the California High-Speed High Speed Rail Authority, said earlier this week in San Jose that he is "more confident than ever this project can and will be built."

Solar-Powered Window Shutters – As Seen at West Coast Green
Summary: Yes, you heard right. Among the many intriguing green innovations at last weekend’s West Coast Green were the new Plug n’ Save Solar Shutters, a rather simple solution for homeowners hoping to cut utility costs.

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