Monday, April 25, 2011

May Meeting: "Selling Your Power to the Grid"

Thursday, May 12th
Speaker: Allison Arnold, Senior Manager, Marketing and Public Policy, Mitsubishi Electric and Electronics USA
Topic: "Selling Your Power to the Grid: The Latest on SB 32"

6:45pm Networking
7:00pm Speaker
Irvine Ranch Water District Duck Club
5 Riparian Way - Irvine, CA
** Enter off of Campus Drive (not Michelson) due to construction

FREE and open to the public!

In 2009 Governor Schwarzenegger signed Senate Bill 32, establishing a feed-in tariff for renewable energy facilities up to 3 megawatts in size. The law allows renewable energy system owners to receive payment from the local utility for electricity fed into the grid at a (yet-to-be-determined) fixed price over 10-20 years.  A similar law helped make Germany (a country with less average sunlight than Seattle) a world leader in renewable energy.  If implemented successfully, the law would boost California's distributed renewable energy generation capacity by 750MW.  Join us at our May OC Renewables meeting, where Allison Arnold, of solar products manufacturer, Mitsubishi Electric, will explain how home and business owners can get paid for creating clean energy. You'll get an update on the rule-making process currently taking place at the California Public Utilities Commission, and find out how you can give your input as a stakeholder.

Allison Arnold, Solar Photovoltaic Division, Senior Manager, Marketing and Public Policy, Mitsubishi Electric and Electronics USA
Allison leads marketing, communications, and public policy for the solar photovoltaic products manufacturing business of
Mitsubishi Electric and Electronics USA.  She also heads the office Green Team, which helps employees adopt environmentally friendly practices at the company’s Cypress, California headquarters and in the community. Allison serves on a number of boards and committees in support of local and national deployment of photovoltaic technology, including the Board of the California Solar Energy Industries Association, the Executive Committee of the Solar Alliance, Grid Alternatives of Greater LA’s Advisory Council, and the Los Angeles Business Council.  Prior to joining the solar industry, Allison worked in ocean conservation policy as a Program Officer for WWF in Wellington, New Zealand, and as a consultant to government agencies and environmental organizations in New Zealand and the U.S.   She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Earth Systems from Stanford University and a Master of Environmental Studies degree from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, where she studied as a Fulbright Scholar. During her career Allison has sought to advance policies that support environmentally sustainable technologies and

Monday, April 18, 2011

Earth Day Event A Success!

The Earth Day event was a big success! Team OC Renewables had a lot of fun at Crystal Cove State Park. We opted to remove a rusty trail fence, and after completing what they thought would take until noon by 10:30am, we removed another fence!

Next time (2012?), we need OC Renewables T-shirts!  (Groups from Home Depot & SCE had matching shirts)

Here is an article from the OC Register. Wendy was in our group:

Friday, April 8, 2011

OC Renewables Meeting Is An Earth Day Volunteer Event!!!

Saturday, April 16

Friends and family invited to join the OC Renewables team for the annual California State Parks Foundation’s Earth Day 2011 Restoration & Cleanup.

*Registration required*
*Update: One Location - Crystal Cove*

For Crystal Cove, contact:
Dr. Lori Greene,

Crystal Cove
Saturday, April 16, 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Volunteers of all ages are needed at Crystal Cove State Park on Saturday, April 16th for the 14th annual California State Parks Foundation’s Earth Day 2011 Restoration & Cleanup.  Projects include: removal and replacement of ½ mile of old rusty ranch fencing, planting coastal bluff plants and painting gates and curbs.  Registration is required.
Location: Crystal Cove State Park in Laguna Beach. Check-in at Los Trancos parking lot (Pacific Coast Highway, turn inland at stoplight at Los Trancos).
Bring: Water bottle, sunscreen, hat, garden gloves, snacks
REGISTER: Dr. Lori Greene,

Monday, April 4, 2011

Wind Powering America - Siting, Sizing, and Other Considerations for Distributed Wind

Wind Powering America - Siting, Sizing, and Other Considerations for Distributed Wind

The American Solar Energy Society (ASES) Small Wind Division hosted a webinar to provide a general overview of small wind technology and 12-step program for a small wind project, covering topics including zoning, interconnection, and the economics of small wind.

The presentation can be found on the Wind Powering website.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Sierra Nevada Will Make a Donation to ASES on Your Behalf!

logoThis Earth Day, Sierra Nevada is helping people get out for a good cause. For every consumer who makes an online pledge to get outside in April, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. will donate $25 up to $2500 each to one of the following organizations, based on the consumer's preference. The organization with the most votes will receive $5,000.

Take the pledge!