California

Dedicated Schwarzenegger is determined to realise the Hydrogen dream

May 29, 2009 / No Comments

The terminator attitude is showing in Arnold Schwarzenegger's determination to make California a state that embraces hydrogen power like none other. [caption id="attachment_5355" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger at the SAE in April 2009"][/caption] He believes that the government keeps changing its policies related to alternative fuels depending on the prices of gasoline. California on the other hand is only moving in ...

PG&E and BrightSource of Oakland Strike Solar Power Deal

May 15, 2009 / No Comments

Pacific Gas & Electric on Wednesday announced it has gone into solar-power contracts with Oakland's BrightSource Energy to produce a total of 1,310 megawatts of electricity. That's enough to power 530,000 California homes during peak hours— 12 noon - 7pm. [caption id="attachment_5078" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Solar farm by BrightSource Energy"][/caption] Go California! Wait! Let me check my PG&E bill. Somebody has to pay ...

Climate Change in California Causes Heavy Losses

November 19, 2008 / No Comments

Without any fanfare it's no longer global warming, well not as often anyway, but climate change. No matter. Real estate assets in California are said to be at risk to extreme weather events, sea level rise, wild fires and such, to the tune of $2.5 trillion. A group of researchers in UC Berkeley are the first to quantify the costs of ...

California’s First Solar Thermal Plant in 20 Years

October 31, 2008 / 1 Comment

Solar energy is without a shadow of a doubt, the leader when it comes to renewable energy sources. It seems that the State of California is assuming the mantle of being the new "Sunshine State" in the US with its amazing progress in utilizing solar energy to the optimum level. Even the economic meltdown that hit the country so hard ...

Giacomini Wetlands in Northern California, Getting Back to Natural

October 29, 2008 / No Comments

After eight years of planning to restore the vastly damaged Giacomini Wetlands in northern California, the National Park Service managed to re-create one of the largest estuary systems in Marin County, which 60 years ago had been unthinkingly cleared out as pasture land for dairy cattle that provided milk and butter during World War II. Took them two years of bulldozing ...

FIGHT! Bush vs California

June 20, 2008 / 1 Comment

There's going to be a fight and if nobody else wants to take on Bush, California will do it for sure. Bush wants to lift the 27-year old ban on offshore drilling. Yesterday I brought this topic up at a lunch meeting with friends. (I live in Silicon Valley) One friend immediately blurted out "Fat chance of Bush lifting that ...

OptiSolar to Build World’s Largest Solar Photovoltaic Farm in California

May 5, 2008 / No Comments

Hayword, California based, OptiSolar are trying their best to build the world's largest solar photovoltaic farm (550-megawatt) 100 miles north of Los Angeles in San Luis Obispo County. The company will produce clean and competitively priced electricity using low profile solar panels that will be placed on ballast on the ground. Thanks to the thin-film photovoltaic technology OptiSolar doesn't need large ...