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Local School District Harnesses Solar to Save Thousands

For Superintendent Andy Alvarado, who is seeing Golden Valley Unified School District (GVUSD) through tough fiscal times, embracing solar power was all about the math. With energy prices on the rise and state education dollars declining, installing affordable solar panels to produce clean electricity was a decision that is sure to receive a passing grade.

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Los Angeles 6th Graders Awarded Solar Video Contest Prize

Before hundreds of excited elementary school students, Environment California presented Ms. Raquel Vargas’ 6th grade class at Micheltorena Elementary School with $750 in prize money for winning 2nd place in the Los Angeles Solar Video Contest.

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Winners of Los Angeles Solar Video Contest Announced

“The creative talent and commitment of Angelenos to a clean energy future shine bright in the winning videos,” said Michelle Kinman, clean energy advocate for Environment California. “These videos can inspire residents and public officials to make Los Angeles the #1 solar city in America, bringing cleaner air, reduced global warming pollution and local jobs.”

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California Legislature Passes Three Solar Bills

The California State Legislature has made it easier for more Californians to participate in the state’s clean energy transformation, passing bills to expand solar hot water heaters to community pools, to cap permitting fees for solar systems and to enable aggregate net metering by farmers, schools and other customers with multiple meters.

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End-of-Session Solar Watch List

This week, the California State Legislature will make pivotal decisions regarding a number of bills designed to expand California’s successful solar market.  In specific ways, each of these bills will give more Californians the ability to invest in solar power, bringing cleaner air, more jobs and a more stable electricity grid to California.

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Two Big Pro-Solar Bills Advance Key California Legislative Committee

Two bills authored by California State Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis), which aim to expand the state’s solar market to more Californians, passed through the State Assembly’s Committee on Utilities and Commerce on Monday. Both bills have attracted broad sets of supporters, who are eager for the state to adopt solar programs that will reach new sets of customers, from farmers to apartment renters to businesses who lease their office spaces.

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California Regulators Vote Unanimously to Expand World-class Solar Program

The California Public Utilities Commission voted 5-0 to expand California’s highly successful net energy metering program. This critical decision will enable more Californians to go solar, with the potential to add roughly two gigawatts worth of solar power—twice the amount currently installed on homes, schools, farms and businesses across the state.

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60,000 Californians Urge Regulators to Say YES to More Rooftop Solar

Solar, environmental, public interest and science groups banded together to help Californians send nearly 60,000 messages asking the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to expand a popular clean energy program called net metering.

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Over 100 California Leaders Call for More Solar

A growing number of state leaders are calling for the bright spot in California’s economy—solar power—to keep shining.  A bipartisan group of more than 100 elected officials from up and down the state have now endorsed Governor Brown’s goal of installing 12,000 megawatts (MW) of clean, localized power by then end of the decade as part of his “Clean Energy Jobs Plan.”

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