From The Daily Transcript, writer Monica Unhold, “Ocean Beach offices county’s first net zero building.” An Ocean Beach architecture firm’s new offices will be the first commercial building in San Diego County to qualify as net zero — meaning it generates as much energy as it consumes. Architects Hanna Gabriel Wells converted the 54-year-old Ocean…

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The Ugly Side of Solar, PT. 1 Have you ever driven by a solar installation that was so ugly you wondered what the owners of the house were thinking when they decided to install their system? Have you found stories on the internet about leaky roofs, fly-by-night solar companies or other tales of solar despair?…

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Today from the Contra Costa Times, reporter HEATHER HACKING The world is poised for the third industrial revolution, said economist Woodrow Clark, a keynote speaker at Butte College’s third annual Sustainability Conference, which continues today. Clark was among members of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with former…

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Reporting from Environmental Leader and Bloomberg, “$500B Plan for U.S. Green Building Retrofits Touted.” The United States can build a low-carbon economy by retrofitting existing homes and businesses for energy efficiency, which would reduce waste and pollution, jumpstart an economic recovery, create good jobs and deliver energy cost savings, while reducing global warming, according to…

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“We’ve never seen solar module prices so low. With the rebates still relatively high and the federal tax credit at 30%, there’s never been a better time to go solar,” said Scott Gordon, Vice President of Residential Sales at Helio Energy Solutions.   According to a Yahoo! Finance report yesterday, August 10, “Technology, Tenacity Drive…

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From the Burbank Leader, writer Michael J. Arvizu: “Bob’s celebrates with solar panels. As a California Point of Historical Interest, the restaurant with the Big Boy had to get approval for its green project.” It was the year the first Emmy Awards were given in Los Angeles. It was the year the first Volkswagen Beetle…

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Once Wanting to Tear it Down, Philip MacDonald Holds a Huge Place in His Heart For Bob’s Big Boy By Andrea Alegria – San Fernando Valley Business Journal Staff The historic Bob’s Big Boy restaurant in Burbank is turning 60 years old and owner Philip MacDonald couldn’t be happier. Some fifteen years ago he would…

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August 27, from 1 pm to 2:30 pm the California Public Utilities Commission will host a discussion on the topic of feed-in tariffs (also known as “renewable energy payments”).  The session can be attended free in  their San Francisco auditorium or access via webcast.  Their website information describes the event as “Learn what it means…

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Helio Energy Solutions will participate in the Sustainability Fair Presented by the Center for Sustainable Energy, California in San Diego.   The event showcases energy efficiency, water conservation, renewable energy and other green products and services for both residential and commercial properties.  The commercial day is Thursday, August 6 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  The…

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Washington Post, August 3, 2009, Editorial published by John Doerr and Jeff Immelt: America confronts three interrelated crises: an economic crisis, a climate crisis and an energy security crisis. We believe there’s a fourth: a competitiveness crisis. This crisis is particularly evident in America’s worldwide standing in the next great global industry, green technology. There…

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Reported from Green Inc.: “Feed-in Tariffs for Solar Continue To Spread” Variations on the policy that jumpstarted Germany’s decade-long boom in rooftop solar systems are taking root in more cities in the United States. The policy, called a feed-in tariff, offers small-scale producers of solar energy long-term contracts (usually at above-market rates) for the electricity…

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Bob’s Big Boy in Burbank is a marvelous example of creatively installing solar power panels on a historic building. This building is registered as a California Point of Historical Interest and is the oldest remaining Bob’s in the United States. It was designed by well known Los Angeles architect, Wayne McAllister, and built-in 1949. For…

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Canadian Solar Inc. (“Canadian Solar”) (NASDAQ: CSIQ), Helio Energy Solutions, Inc. and Bob’s Big Boy of Burbank today announced the launch of the Commemorating 60 years in operation by going a modern “green,” Bob’s is inaugurating a 26 kW Canadian Solar photovoltaic panel system installed by Helio Energy Solutions. The “Sixty and Solar” celebration showcases…

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