Solar project to destroy thousands of Joshua trees

BORON, Calif. —  A renewable energy company will soon begin clearing thousands of protected Joshua trees just outside this desert town, including many thought to be a century old, to make way for a sprawling solar project that will generate power for 180,000 homes in wealthier coastal neighborhoods. The 2,300-acre project has angered residents of Boron […]

Man scams East Bay woman out of $350K after installing solar panels in her home

Judge gavel, scales of justice and law books in court. (Brian A. Jackson/South Florida Sun Sentinel) (KRON) — A man has been convicted of scamming an elderly woman with dementia out of more than $350,000, Alameda County District Attorney Pamela Price said Monday. The man installed solar panels in the victim’s home before gaining her […]

How California found itself with an unexpected solar energy challenge – NBC Bay Area

It’s a common sight across the state: rows of suburban homes topped with solar panels. But as California works toward its ambitious clean energy vision, an almost counterintuitive challenge has emerged: The state is, at times, generating more solar energy than it can handle. It’s to the point where loads of clean energy are going to […]

Tesla plans massive Bay Area job cuts, including Fremont car factory

Tesla electric vehicle factory in Fremont, 2020. FREMONT — Tesla is slashing more than 2,700 Bay Area jobs, including major layoffs at the company’s electric vehicle factory in Fremont. The staffing reductions at the Austin-based electric car maker — which has its engineering headquarters in Palo Alto — represent the largest single round of job […]

Too much solar? How California found itself with an unexpected energy challenge

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — It’s a common sight across the state: rows of suburban homes topped with solar panels. But as California works toward its ambitious clean energy vision, an almost counterintuitive challenge has emerged: The state is, at times, generating more solar energy than it can handle. It’s to the point where loads of clean […]

Use solar power, kill a tortoise? Climate change solution carries environmental costs

Dustin Mulvaney, SJSU environmental studies professor, stands at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., on Thurssday, May 2, 2024. Mulvaney believes California has far more than enough alternative space, including parking lots, contaminated land and other areas, that there’s no need for massive solar arrays in pristine areas such as the Mojave Desert. (Shae […]

Aurora Borealis from the Bay Area and far beyond

Thanks for reading! Unlock this story and more with a free account. Already a subscriber? Login FLASH SALE Don’t miss this deal Standard Digital Access $1 for 1 year Already a subscriber? Login People contemplate the Aurora Borealis also known as Northern Lights visible from Vasco Road in Livermore, Calif., on Friday, May 10, 2024. […]

Are solar panels a good investment? New Berkeley study offers an answer

Alternatives employee Tony Chang installs no-cost solar panels on the rooftop of a low-income household on October 19, 2023 in Pomona, California. GRID Alternatives has installed no-cost solar for over 29,000 low-income households located in underserved communities. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images) Solar power panels have long seemed an appealing option in California, a state […]