Energy & Environment

Board levies $18K penalty on former Fresno cleaners

The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board has ordered a former Fresno dry cleaner to pay $18,000 for violating a state order.

GRID Alternatives finishes fifth Solarthon in Madera

GRID Alternatives' fifth Central Valley Solarthon wrapped up this week in Madera, installing rooftop solar panels on homes for eight low-income families. Nonprofit solar installer GRID Alternatives wrapped up its fifth Central Valley Solarthon in Madera yesterday with volunteers putting solar energy systems on rooftops for eight low-income families.

Parlier, Kerman, Selma join HERO program

The Fresno County communities of Parlier, Kerman and Selma voted to become the newest members of the HERO (Home Energy Renovation Opportunity) program that provides property owners a financing tool to make water and energy improvements.

Report: Valley water use drops

A new report on daily water use throughout the state showed Central Valley communities conserving more than ever.

Fresno to vote on water conservation incentives

The Fresno City Council is scheduled to vote Thursday on an act  that would award residents up to $1,000 when they take action to conserve water.

PG&E opens first smart electric control center in Fresno

A crew of around 25 operators will oversee PG&E's electric grid from its new 24,000 control center in Fresno.Pacific Gas & Electric Co. cut the ribbon in Fresno today on the first of three centers in the state designed to manage its electric distribution system through new state-of-the-art technology.

60-MW solar project kicks off in Mendota

Local officials gathered in Mendota today to celebrate the start of a 60-megawatt solar project.

Ag sees bright side of net energy metering aggregation

Net energy metering aggregation, which allows single solar energy systems to run off multiple electric meters, came to the Central Valley in February.Solar companies in California are picking up new customers this year thanks to a new state rule allowing single solar systems to run off multiple electric meters.

Madera bottle plant earns Energy Star certification

The Ardagh Group's glass bottle making plant in Madera was one of five of the company's facilities throughout the country awarded Energy Star certification for taking measures to reduce energy use.

Fresno fire and safety inspection program begins

Businesses in Fresno have a month to submit forms showing that they've addressed fire and life safety hazards as part of the city fire department's Self-Inspection Program.