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California became the first state in the nation last year to require solar panels on newly built homes. But it's starting to look like the mandate wasn't quite a mandate. The California Energy Commission also gave home builders the option of supplying solar power from an off-site facility, mollifying critics who said rooftop solar would raise the cost of housing. Now the commission is poised ...

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Widespread power shutoffs across the Golden State during peak wildfire season have spurred demand for what's called "solar-plus-storage" as a way for customers to keep their lights on. "Calling it an 'uptick' would be an understatement," said Barry Cinnamon, CEO of Cinnamon Energy Systems, a Silicon Valley-based solar company. Cinnamon said the level of inquiries has more than doubled and his ...

WASHINGTON - Calistoga, Calif., a city of some 5,300, lies tucked in the Napa Valley between wooded hills that state utility regulators classify as extremely susceptible to wildfires. The town was recently threatened by the Kincade fire and has endured several blackouts since the largest utility in the state, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), last year began a policy of shutting down power lines ...

Sayre School junior Parker Stewart knew last year that he wanted his independent study on the environment to have a broad impact on the community. Parker, 16, wanted his private downtown Lexington school to "reduce its carbon footprint." Parker's goal to produce enough solar energy to power the school's science labs is coming to fruition. The installation of 30 solar panels is scheduled for ...