Richmond CLEAN festival set to debut June 29

From the event organizers’ Facebook Page:


We are excited to celebrate our Richmond Communities for Local Energy Action Now (CLEAN) Festival this summer.

For the last two years, Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN) leaders have been working locally and statewide to bring local clean energy and green jobs to low-income and immigrant communities.

In particular, Richmond leaders are fighting to clear the shadows of pollution to make room for the sunlight of a clean, renewable energy future. 

POWERED by our dream of local clean energy, the Richmond CLEAN Festival will be a fun-filled day of music, games, performances, clean energy technology demonstrations and more! 

Even will be 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Richmond Civic Center.


Marin Energy customers look to new solar installations

MARIN — A one megawatt solar installation at the San Rafael Airport was unveiled at an 11 a.m. ceremony today.

The solar energy generated from 4,600 panels on 48 hangar rooftops at the airport — the largest in Marin County — will  supply energy Marin Clean Energy (MCE) customers, including Richmond.

The panels were installed by Muir Beach-based Synapse Electric.

The MCE project will distribute power through PG&E’s existing power lines.

According to a news release, “MCE is the first and currently only operating Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program in California, accelerating the creation of local renewable energy projects with its standard offer contract Feed-In Tariff. MCE has paved the way for other California cities and counties to follow suit.”

The clean power generated at the airport will eliminate 1,138 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually, the equivalent of removing 223 cars from the road or planting 29,000 trees, according the release. 

In June, Richmond became the first East Bay city to join MEA and become the first California city outside of Marin County to offer customers a choice to purchase green electricity through Community Choice Aggregation (CCA).

Passed in 2002, CCA granted local cities and counties the authority to purchase electricity and sell it within their jurisdictions, providing customers with a public power option.