Energy & Environment

Fresno Co. joins HERO energy program

The Fresno County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to join the HERO program, giving property owners another financing tool to make water and energy improvements.

Some evacuees of Yosemite-area fire can go home

(AP) — Firefighters gained ground Tuesday on a blaze in the foothills near Yosemite National Park, allowing some of the 1,000 people who fled the flames to return to their homes.

Fire near Yosemite that 1,000 fled doesn't grow 

(AP) — Officials say a California wildfire that has forced about 1,000 people from their homes in the foothills near Yosemite National Park is holding steady amid higher humidity and calmer winds.

Wildfire near Yosemite threatens 500 structures

(AP) — Firefighters from throughout California were being dispatched Tuesday to protect homes threatened by an out-of-control wildfire burning in the foothills near Yosemite National Park, the second fire around the park in recent weeks.

Dinuba solar project to wrap up in fall

A set of solar systems are under construction in Dinuba, on their way to offset the energy needs at five city-owned sites.

Four local firms make national solar contractor list

Clovis-based solar contractor Arise Solar has earned the 173 spot on a 2014 list of the "Top 400 Solar Contractors in North America."

California water bond won't be a drought-buster 

(AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers are expected to use the backdrop of California's most severe drought in nearly four decades to sell voters on the $7.5 billion water plan they put on the ballot this week.

Local leaders call for adequate water bond

Manuel Cunha Jr. talking about the need for a better water bond.
The City of Fresno, Latino Water Coalition, Nisei Farmers League and other San Joaquin Valley leaders held a press conference Wednesday to urge Gov. Jerry Brown to support an approximate $8.5 billion water bond that would benefit farmers and residents of the San Joaquin Valley.

Crews work to keep Yosemite fire from sequoias

(AP) — Fire crews strengthened old containment lines on Wednesday, as they tried to keep a blaze in Yosemite National Park away from a grove of treasured giant sequoia trees.

Air district program grants $7.2M for technology projects

About $500,000 from the Technology Advancement Program went to TransPower of Poway, Calif. last year to help the company as it overhauled a diesel tractor with an electric propulsion system.Local innovations are showing promise in alleviating the Central Valley’s air problem since being bolstered with funding from the Technology Advancement Program.