Google investing $94 in Sacramento Area Solar Fields

An article from the LA Times today describes Google’s investment with a local company, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR), to build four large solar farms in the Sacramento area.  The power generated from these fields is already contracted by SMUD for the next 20 years.  This highlights the strength of the solar industry locally and the amount of investment local utilities are making in this form of power generation.  The panel farms will be constructed by Recurrent Energy out of San Francisco

Recent Solar News

Recent Solar News

A 13 year-old student designed a solar tree based upon the Fibonacci sequence seen throughout nature.  He got some pretty amazing results.

Solar industry news piece on the future of solar given the current US energy policy and market conditions, as usual the news is better for solar than many other sectors.

This is a nice public information piece directed at folks who are concerned that solar panels will ruin their roof.

A piece on the fact that power plant investment for renewable energy has finally started to surpass the amount of investment in fossil fuel plant construction.

 A new solar power plant is being proposed for Fresno County, the plant will be huge containing 2.5 million solar panels.

 Bay area schools using solar to transform their campuses and impact budgets.

California Air Resources Board approves Cap and Trade

California has once again set the standard for environmental protection in California by approving the nations first Cap and Trade program for greenhouse gas pollution.  The link below is to an article explaining exactly why this is a big deal:

Sierra College Sustainability Forum for October

Sierra College Sustainability Forum
Thursday, October 20th
V-321, Rocklin Campus
5:30-7:00 PM


Sustainability Group & Community Information Sharing

 Featured Speaker:

Krissy Gilbert, Chair of Sierra Colleges department of Environmental Studies & Sustainability What is Sustainability?

 Questions and Answers, Networking


Parking information

The parking lots on campus have yellow parking machines that dispense parking passes, passes are $2 each for a daily pass.  The nearest lot to the V-Building is behind Sewell Hall (Bldg. S)

Campus Map

Today some links to sustainability events and resources

Today some links to sustainability events and resources

Sierra College Sustainability Forum – October 20th, Professor Krissy Gilbert, Chair of the Environmental Studies & Sustainability Program, What is Sustainability?” A discussion of the three prongs of true sustainability.

Sacramento Sustainability Forum -  a monthly forum with speakers from around the Sacramento Region, check out their link at:–and–Events.php

Green drinks, a monthly social event where people interested in sustainability and green issues can meet and talk there link:

The Green Capital Alliance is a great place to get information on what is happening around the region related to sustainability, there is a news letter you can subscribe to electronically:

The California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE) is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating change for a clean energy future. Join us for free workshops; take advantage of incentive programs; attend our special events, and contact us for technical assistance. CCSE is here to help, their site:

Solar news and information

Some links to articles, initiatives and resources related to solar education, the industry and the installation of solar on your home.

Articles on the installation of Sierra College’s solar parking lot:

Google moves further into financing residential solar.

The Education and Environment Initiative has solar curriculum online and is designed to work with existing textbooks.  The standards-based curriculum teaches History/Social Science standards to mastery, while supporting English Language Arts.  The materials include background content for teachers, local resources and real and relevant California examples.

These materials are directed at K-12 instructors, to download the curriculum visit or to get the materials on a DVD call Kirk Amato at (916) 341-6760

A free guide to residential and commercial solar leasing programs called Power Purchase Agreements, is available online at:

A good article on Feed in Tariffs from the California Solar Energy Industry Association (CALSEIA)

PG&E Solar Energy page has some great information and tools for those of you in PG&E’s service area.  Likewise for SMUD (rebates) and Roseville Electric(rebates and information).

Award Winning Sierra College Solar Program accepting students for Fall Semester

Award Winning Sierra College Solar Program accepting students for Fall Semester

Sierra College Solar Program accepting students for Fall Semester

Sierra College’s award winning solar program is still taking students for the Fall 2011 semester.  Students need to fill out their application paperwork at the college prior to August 1st and then complete registration for the courses.  For more information on the application and registration process prospective students can go to the follow link for more information: and click on your appropriate status as a new, continuing or returning student.  If you have further questions please contact our counseling department, information for both our NCC and Rocklin campuses is available at the following link:

If you have questions about the program click the links below or e-mail the program director at [email protected]

Sierra College Solar Installation complete!

Sierra College has just completed the installation of over 3700 solar panels on the Rocklin campus.  The installation was done as part of a power purchase agreement with Borrego Solar and the installation was completed by Collins Electric.  The main feature of the installation was the construction of carport parking structures that will provide: 304 covered parking spaces; almost 60,000 sq ft of shade; and provide almost 900 KW of power.

Sierra College's covered solar parking area


The installation will provide an on-site demonstration area for commercial level solar for Sierra College’s award winning solar program.  Additionally, two Sierra College students were hired to be part of the installation team.

A second phase of the project will begin at Sierra’s Nevada County Campus and when fully complete the project will provide the college with 1.8 megawatts of power.  In addition to providing clean energy this system clearly shows Sierra College’s commitment to sustainability.

Sierra College Solar Program Wins Award!

Sierra College Solar Program Wins Award!

Sierra College President Leo Chavez (right) accepts award from Steve Nichols, Economic Development Chair for Placer County

Each year at the annual Placer County Economic Development Summit, the development board honors outstanding public-sector and private-sector contributions to the county’s economic well-being.  This year Sierra College’s Solar Program was one of the public-sector award winners for, “helping fill the need to have a skilled workforce in the rapidly growing energy field.” 

At the summitt Sandra Scott, Sierra’s retiring grant developer was also recognized for her, “effectiveness serving as a liaison between the college and both the business community and local government agencies.”

You can read the full story at:

Governor elect Jerry Brown puts forward his green plan

Governor elect Jerry Brown has indicated he wants to continue to move forward with 20, 000 megawatts of renewable energy generation for California by 2020.  The main difference is that Brown wants that generation to occur within California instead of other states.  This change would provide a significant boon to both energy producers and installers within the state and also provide a boost to California’s economy, you can read more at the following link:,0,2842087.story