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The Sahara desert is expanding, and has been for at least a century. It's a phenomenon that seems impossible to stop. But it hasn't stopped at least one group of scientists from dreaming of a way to do it. And their proposed solution, a grand scheme...

California is ready to remake the U.S. West -- or at least its power grid. The legislature is considering a plan to expand a grid serving 30 million Californians to encompass as many as 13 other Western states -- if they choose to join the effort....

LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — A new solar project has been announced for the Nevada desert near Las Vegas, one that investors say will produce 690 megawatts of electricity. Investment group Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners announced Monday the Gemini Solar Project, which will be built on federal land...

Remember Keystone XL, America’s favorite zombie pipeline? TransCanada’s long-resisted pipeline, intended to carry crude tar sand oil from Canada to Steele City, Nebraska, has been in the works since 2008, but construction still hasn’t started. The project continues to be hit with protests, lawsuits, and seemingly endless postponements. Activists are...

California Solar is excited to offer the MPOWER PACE program that has recently arrived in Nevada County. This new financing option opens the door for more Nevada County residents to achieve energy independence and save money at the same time.
“At California Solar, we are always looking for the best solar financing options for our customers and we’ve been waiting for MPOWER to come to Nevada County for a long time. Not only is it a great option for using alternative energy to save money, but the people who work at MPOWER are dedicated to the utmost service and education throughout the entire loan process. It’s a great way to help people OWN their power instead of just renting it.” - Rob Totoonchie, Residential Sales Manager
Join Cal-Solar for a Step by Step Introduction to planning and implementing an off-grid residential solar system. California Solar Electric Company is often asked many questions about designing, installing and operating off grid solar systems. In response to this, we are offering a two-day workshop on planning and implementing an off grid residential solar system on October 15 and 16, 2016 at our 149 Main Street facility in Grass Valley. Workshop hours are from 9am to 3pm on Saturday and from 10 am to 1pm on Sunday. Registration is $150 and space is limited. Pre-register and save your space with a $50 deposit today by calling (530) 274-3671. This Off-Grid Workshop provides an introduction to system design and maintenance. Attendees will leave with a solid understanding of the factors of design, as well as ongoing maintenance of off grid power stations. Take your power back—learn how to use the sun’s energy to go off-grid.
  California Solar Electric Company is featured on this season’s cover of BriarPatch Coop’s publication, The Vine. We appreciate working with BriarPatch, building their new photovoltaic solar energy system. It is a great match of cooperative values, community resources and sustainability. Included here are a few excerpts from the article that explain a bit more about the process we are engaged in as we examine the possibility of becoming a worker-owned cooperative. From The Vine:
Cooperatives are enterprises that are owned, controlled, and operated for the benefit of the members, and are democratically governed on the principle of one member, one vote. In a consumer cooperative like BriarPatch, the voting members are the people who buy the goods from the business. A worker cooperative’s members are the people who work in the co-op, and are referred to as worker-owners.