Energy & Environment

Westlands Solar Park plan lands major investor

The proposed Westlands Solar Park has landed a major investor and a power-purchase agreement with the City of Anaheim.Los Angeles-based real estate investment firm CIM Group announced this week it has partnered with Westside Holdings, LLC, to invest in the proposed Westlands Solar Park — a master planned development located in a state competitive renewable energy zone that covers 24,000 acres.

EPA fines Fresno facility $34,600

A Fresno heat exchanger refurbishing facility has settled with the Environmental Protection Agency in the amount of $34,600 to resolve hazardous waste violations.

Air district accepting clean tech proposals

The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District announced that its seeking proposals for its Technology Advancement Program to fund emission reducing technologies.

Selma almond processor going solar

Raven Farms in Selma is the latest Central Valley farming operation to turn to solar energy as a way to save money.

Records show inspection lapse in oil and gas wells

(AP) — Federal officials in charge of overseeing the drilling of new oil wells on public land in California let three years pass without inspecting some high-priority sites, according to public records.

Rebates spurring electric vehicles in Valley

Electric vehicles are seeing a steady adoption in the San Joaquin Valley compared to other regions of the state, a new map shows.

Study: Valley uses highest share of groundwater

The Central Valley pumped the most groundwater out of any region in the state, with the share even higher during dry years, a new study showed.

Madera Unified picks contractor for energy plan

The Madera Unified School District announced it has selected Highlands Energy of Fresno to maximize energy savings using $212,000 from Proposition 39.

State agencies plan landscape water workshops

As California’s drought heads into the hottest and driest months of water year 2014, the Department of Water Resources and the California Center for Urban Horticulture at UC Davis invite professional landscapers to attend workshops at Walnut Creek June 25 and Fresno June 27 on how to reduce water use through improved system efficiency.

Tulare County reduces irrigation amid drought

Tulare County officials said millions of gallons of water have been saved from several landscaping conservation efforts enacted in the last year.