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We banned the bag in 100 communities.

In 2013, more cities and counties stood up to protect Pacific wildlife and passed bans on single-use plastic grocery bags. Now, more than 90 communities in California, from Marin to Los Angeles, are living bag free. Thanks to citizen support, California now has a network of 124 underwater state parks that protect our coast and wildlife.

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Vintners bottle sunshine with solar powered harvest

RUTHERFORD – Clusters of harvest-ready grapes, pendulous and purple, dangle among deep green leaves at Frog's Leap winery, waiting to become Napa Valley wine.

But a few rows over is a plant of a different kind – an array of square-faced solar panels that provide the power to keep operations humming.

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Solar Homes Defy a Cool Housing Market

With foreclosures rising and home prices diving, there is a bright spot in California's residential real estate market: Solar-powered homes are starting to outsell traditionally electrified new homes in several markets, and developers are stepping up their use of the technology.

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Assembly Member Saldana lends support to Solar Hot Water Initiative

SACRAMENTO – Leaders of California’s solar industry, along with legislators, environmental and educational groups, gathered at the State Capitol Tuesday to harness the power of the sun. As temperatures reached near 100 degrees, solar companies demonstrated how highly efficient solar water heaters can capture energy from the sun to make cold water hot, dramatically reducing dependence on fossil fuels, cutting air pollution and lowering energy bills.

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Old is new again for heating water

OUR VIEW: Rooftop systems would help reduce California's dependence on fossil fuels. Can reaching back into the past help ensure our planet's future?

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