Salvador Torres started working with American Solar Direct as an installer just a few months ago. For him, solar is a second career. Before enrolling in the “Renewable Energy Technician: Solar PV Installation and Maintenance” program at L.A. Trade Tech, Salvador spent 15 years working in the office of his father’s used car dealership. By the time his father retired, Salvador was ready for a change.

The Marine Exchange is housed in a small hilltop building in Angel’s Gate Park in City Council District 15. Blessed with steady winds and reliable sunshine, it is perfectly positioned to generate its own power. In 2012, the Marine Exchange installed four wind turbines and 286 solar panels, enough to produce 87 kilowatts of energy during times of peak production. The wind turbines and most of the solar panels are located on the building’s roof; additional panels are placed on the ground around the building. Wind and solar now meet all of the Marine Exchange’s electricity needs, with some power leftover to feed back into the grid.

Los Gatos and El Cerrito will both vote on plastic bag ban ordinances this week.

Dana Point Plastic Bag Ban in Effect


Dana Point's plastic bag ban is in effect. Thanks to all our members, activists, and supporters for their great work in this issue!