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Sonoma Clean Power Signs Two Renewable Energy Projects in Petaluma
Solar Projects Add 2 Megawatts of Sonoma County Solar
 
(Santa Rosa, CA) Sonoma Clean Power (SCP) has signed two new power purchase agreements (PPAs) through their ProFIT program, which was designed to fulfill the agency’s goal of promoting the development of renewable energy in Sonoma County by creating a market for private landowners to sell electricity to SCP.
 
Both PPAs represent solar projects located in rural Petaluma, and will add two megawatts of Sonoma County solar. “The solar generated by these two projects will be added to the mix of 100% local, renewable energy served to our EverGreen customers,” said SCP CEO Geof Syphers. “Right now, all of the energy delivered to EverGreen customers is generated by geothermal energy from the Geysers. Adding local solar to the mix has been one of our goals,” Syphers added.
 
The solar photovoltaic (PV) projects will provide enough power for 600 Sonoma County homes once completed. Completion of both projects is expected in the fall of this year. 
 
“It’s great to have additional Sonoma County solar being developed in our community,” said Petaluma City Councilmember and SCP Board Member, Dave King. “SCP’s ProFIT program enables landowners to contribute to the renewable energy supply in the county, and earn money while doing so,” he added. 
 
Sonoma Clean Power is a not-for-profit pubic agency, and is the official electricity provider for Sonoma County, offering cleaner electricity to residential and commercial customers in all participating Sonoma County cities and the unincorporated areas of the county.
 
For more information, visit sonomacleanpower.org or call 1 (855) 202-2139.

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Sonoma Clean Power Participates in United Way’s “Day of Caring”
SCP Volunteers Clean Up at COTS in Petaluma
 
 
(Santa Rosa, CA) On September 9, 2015, a group of volunteers from Sonoma Clean Power (SCP) participated in United Way’s Day of Caring, joining the pool of 1,200 volunteers at over 50 Sonoma County worksites as part of the community-wide effort to benefit local non-profits.
 
Working at Committee on the Shelterless (COTS), volunteers from Sonoma County’s official electricity provider spent the day cleaning drains and floors, scrubbing tables, cleaning the dining room, a few garbage cans and the bathroom, unloading trucks, sorting and storing incoming food, and sorting and organizing the outside freezer for COTS, a Petaluma-based non-profit whose programs and services empower homeless families and single adults to break the cycle of homelessness, transform their lives, and find housing — for good.
 
“Having impact on key issues in the cities where our customers live and work is core to our commitment to building stronger communities,” said Kate Kelly, Sonoma Clean Power’s Public Affairs Director. “Benefiting the excellent work that COTS does to break the cycle of homelessness in the Petaluma community is a great fit for us,” added Kelly.
“A big, big thank you to Sonoma Clean Power for all their hard work,” said Judy Hess, Food Programs Manager for COTS. “They were all so pleasant to work with, and they all worked very hard,” she added.
Sonoma Clean Power is a not-for-profit pubic agency, and is the official electricity provider for Sonoma County, offering cleaner electricity to residential and commercial customers in all Sonoma County cities and the unincorporated areas of the county.
 
For more information, visit sonomacleanpower.org or call 1 (855) 202-2139.
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Sonoma Clean Power Hires Senior Power Analyst
Rebecca Simonson Joins SCP Team
 
(Santa Rosa, CA) Sonoma Clean Power (SCP) has hired Rebecca Simonson as a Senior Power Analyst.
 
In her new role, Ms. Simonson works closely with the Director of Power Services and other SCP leadership regarding all functions related to power supply planning, load forecasting, energy procurement, risk management, market monitoring, regulatory compliance and settlements.
Rebecca has 13 years of engineering experience in building services consulting, project development and management, building performance analysis, renewable energy analysis, energy and water use benchmarking, master-planning for energy and water efficient community-scale developments, and monitoring and tracking of water use, energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.
 
Rebecca was formerly Director of Sustainability at Built Ecology Lincolne Scott (now WSP Group) in Sydney Australia and Water Agency Engineer for the Sonoma County Water Agency Energy Resources Group where she developed projects to reduce the agency’s energy demands and cost effectively generate renewable power locally to offset the agency’s large demand for power and achieve Carbon Free Water by 2015.
 
Ms. Simonson graduated from the University of California Santa Barbara with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Sustainable Development from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia and an MBA from Sonoma State University. She is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of California in Mechanical Engineering and a LEED Accredited Professional in Building Design and Construction.
Sonoma Clean Power is a not-for-profit public agency, which is the official electricity provider for Sonoma County. SCP offers Sonoma County local control, choice, cleaner electricity, lower greenhouse gas emissions and lower prices.
 
For more information, visit sonomacleanpower.org or call 1 (855) 202-2139.
 
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Sonoma Clean Power Announces 2014 Progress Report
2014 Audit Confirms First Year of Service Produces Impressive Benefits
 
 
(Santa Rosa, CA) With the first year of service to Sonoma County customers complete, Sonoma Clean Power (SCP) has announced its 2014 progress report, which includes the following.
 
-          Greenhouse gas emissions were 48% below PG&E’s last published data from 2013. The total estimated savings is 53,579 metric tons of carbon dioxide, which will be confirmed once PG&E publishes its actual 2014 emissions data in early 2016
-          $13.6 million in total bill savings for customers
-          Energy mix is 36% renewable plus an additional 44% hydropower. The agency is already meeting the 2020 mandates for all California utilities to be at least 33% renewable. By comparison, PG&E’s mix was 27% renewable and 8% hydropower.
-          NetGreen program payments to solar customers of $207,000; one-third of which went to public schools
-          All Sonoma County cities voted to join SCP [note: Healdsburg has its own municipal utility and does not participate in SCP]
 
“We knew the agency was doing great things from the beginning,” said current Board Chair and Cotati City Councilman, Mark Landman. “But benefiting customers and the environment at the same time is really something to be proud of. On behalf of the Board of Directors, I’d like to commend CEO Geof Syphers and his staff on guiding the agency to produce such remarkable results in its first year,” added Landman.
 
SCP began serving their first phase of customers in May 2014; the second phase in December 2014 and the cities of Cloverdale, Petaluma and Rohnert Park in June 2015. The agency is serving the electricity needs of approximately 90% of eligible customers, or about 198,000 accounts.
 
“It’s exciting to have just passed the one year mark and have such outstanding results to report,” said Supervisor Susan Gorin, who also served as the agency’s Board Chair in its inaugural year. “With all Sonoma County customers now receiving SCP service, we expect 2015’s results to be even more dramatic,” added Gorin. “It’s particularly gratifying to see solar customers receiving payment for the surplus energy they’ve produced, with schools being among the top recipients.”
 
“We’re getting a lot of questions about what’s next for us, which is different than just a year ago,” said SCP CEO Geof Syphers. “Initially we got questions about how we would ever be able to deliver on our twin goals of providing cleaner electricity at a lower price than PG&E. The joint rate comparison that PG&E’s mails out each year confirms that our customers are getting cleaner power and saving anywhere from 6-11% off their total electric bill,” Syphers added.
 
Now that all cities are receiving service from SCP, the agency is focused on program development.
 
Sonoma Clean Power is a not-for-profit pubic agency, and is the official electricity provider for Sonoma County, offering cleaner electricity to residential and commercial customers in all Sonoma County cities and the unincorporated areas of the county.
 
For more information, visit sonomacleanpower.org or call 1 (855) 202-2139.

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(L to R) SCP CEO Geof Syphers and Sebastopol Mayor/SCP Board Member Patrick Slayter present Keller McDonald, Superintendent of West Sonoma County Union High School District with a check representing the school district’s annual NetGreen cashout from SCP.  
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April 22, 2015
 
 
For Immediate Release
Contact: Kate Kelly, Director of Public Affairs & Marketing
(707) 978-3468 | kkelly@sonomacleanpower.org
 
Sonoma Clean Power to Host Public Workshops
Free Workshops to be held in Cloverdale, Petaluma & Rohnert Park
 
(Santa Rosa, CA) Sonoma Clean Power (SCP) is hosting a series of public workshops for the newest cities that will begin to receive service in June from Sonoma County’s official electricity provider.
The workshops will include an introduction to Sonoma Clean Power and an opportunity for the community to ask questions:
 
 
Date
Time
Location
May 4th
6 – 7:30 PM
Sally Tomatoes
1100 Valley House Dr., Rohnert Park
May 7th
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Petaluma Senior Center
211 Novak Dr., Petaluma
May 16th
10 – 11:30 AM
Grange Hall
201 Commercial Street, Cloverdale
*May 20th
*6-7:30 PM
*Petaluma Community Foundation
206 G Street, Suite 2, Petaluma
May 21st
6-7:30 PM
Rohnert Park Community Center
Meeting Room 2
5401 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park
June 13th
10-11:30 AM
Petaluma Community Center
320 N. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma
           
   *Seating limited to 20 attendees. Please RSVP.
 
                       
To ensure seating, RSVPs are requested:
rsvp@sonomacleanpower.org
 
Workshops                                            1 (855) 202-2139 | sonomacleanpower.org
 
 
Sonoma Clean Power is a not-for-profit pubic agency providing cleaner electricity to residential and commercial customers in Sonoma County.
 
For more information, please visit sonomacleanpower.org.
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Sonoma Clean Power to Host NetGreen Workshops
Informational Meetings for Solar Interested Customers
 
(Santa Rosa, CA) Sonoma Clean Power (SCP), the county’s default electricity provider is hosting a series of informational meetings on NetGreen, SCP’s net metering program, targeted at those who have solar installed on their homes, or are considering installing solar.
 
The workshops will cover the basics about SCP, information regarding how SCP’s NetGreen program works, the process of installing a system (including roles and responsibilities) and information about what a typical bill looks like and what will change for customers currently participating in PG&E’s net metering program.
 
SCP invites those interested to attend one of these free meetings:
 
April 20th | 6:00 – 7:30 PM: Rohnert Park Community Center – 5401 Snyder Ln.
April 22nd| 6:00 – 7:30 PM: Petaluma Community Center - 320 N. McDowell Blvd
April 27th | 6:00 – 7:30 PM: Cloverdale Veterans Memorial Hall – 205 West First Street
 
Reservations kindly requested. Please RSVP to:  rsvp@sonomacleanpower.org or by phone at 1 (855) 202-2139.
Sonoma Clean Power is a not-for-profit pubic agency providing cleaner electricity to residential and commercial customers in Sonoma County.
 
For more information, please visit sonomacleanpower.org.
Contact
Kate Kelly | Sonoma Clean Power
Director, Public Affairs & Marketing
www.SonomaCleanPower.org
Direct: (707) 978-3468 | Customer Service: 1 (855) 202-2139
 

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For Immediate Release
Contact: Kate Kelly, Director of Public Affairs & Marketing
O: (707) 978-3468 | C: (707) 486-2952 | kkelly@sonomacleanpower.org
 
Sonoma Clean Power Contracts to Build Largest US Floating Solar Project
Innovative Project to add up to 12.5 MW of Sonoma County Solar
 
 
(Santa Rosa, CA) Less than a year into providing default electricity service to residents and businesses in Sonoma County, Sonoma Clean Power (SCP) has contracted with Pristine Sun to build up to 12.5 megawatts (MW) of new solar power in Sonoma County. The venture represents the largest floating solar project in the United States, and the second largest in the world.
 
"This project is groundbreaking because it will be located on irrigation water storage ponds, protecting Sonoma County farmland while reducing our dependence on fossil fuel,” said SCP Board Chair, Mark Landman.
 
“Sonoma Clean Power is leading the way in advancing floating solar technology, and we are proud to partner with them to bring this project to fruition,” said Troy Helming, CEO of Pristine Sun. “This technology offers potential energy production, savings, and job creation for municipalities across the country.”
 
 
The Sonoma County Water Agency (Water Agency) identified the potential for floating solar panels on ponds that store fully treated wastewater. Recognizing the many benefits of floating solar systems, such as minimizing aesthetic impact and preserving land, the Water Agency brought the idea to Sonoma Clean Power as a method for building local renewable energy at a scale that keeps costs competitive with power from fossil fuels. The Water Agency then took steps to solicit developers and eventually leased the project sites to Pristine Sun, a solar developer based in San Francisco.
 
 
The Water Agency’s Board Chair, Supervisor Susan Gorin said, “This project creates local jobs and helps reduce emissions for all of Sonoma Clean Power’s customers, demonstrating the Water Agency’s commitment to our Energy Policy and energy projects of regional benefit.”
The systems will be installed on six different storage ponds, two in northwest Santa Rosa and four in the Sonoma Valley. Development is expected to be completed by the end of 2016, and will supply enough power for 3,000 homes at completion. The Water Agency has identified additional potential sites for floating solar at local wineries and is planning to assist local vintners in developing smaller scale projects.
 
 
“Floating solar systems are still very new, with only a few large-scale systems around the world. This project furthers our goals of developing more renewable energy in Sonoma County,” said SCP CEO Geof Syphers.
Because of the innovative location for the system, extra steps were taken to ensure that SCP customers are protected against any risks. Agency CEO Geof Syphers worked with leading industry attorneys to make sure that the risks for non-performance lie with the developer and not with the agency’s customers.
 
“This is just the kind of project those involved in the formation of SCP knew would be possible with a locally run electricity provider,” said Water Agency Deputy Chief Engineer Cordel Stillman.
Sonoma Clean Power is a not-for-profit pubic agency providing cleaner electricity to residential and commercial customers in all Sonoma County cities (with the exception of Healdsburg who has their own municipal utility) and the unincorporated areas of the county.
 
Pristine Sun is an independent power producer and leading developer of small utility-scale PV power plants in America.
 
For more information, visit sonomacleanpower.org or call 1 (855) 202-2139.
 
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Sonoma Clean Power Workshops
and Public Meetings
Free Workshops to be held in Newest Communities to be Served by Sonoma Clean Power
Sonoma Clean Power (SCP) is hosting a series of free public informational workshops (held in English and Spanish) for the newest cities that will begin to receive service from the not-for-profit public agency that is Sonoma County’s default electricity provider.
The workshops will include an introduction to Sonoma Clean Power and an opportunity for the community to ask questions:
February 25th | 6:00 – 7:30 PM: Rohnert Park Community Center – 5401 Snyder Ln. (Lounge)
March 10th | 6:00 – 7:30 PM: Petaluma Community Center - 320 N. McDowell Blvd (Club
Room)
March 14th | 10:00 – 11:30 AM: Rohnert Park Community Center – 5401 Snyder Ln. (Lounge)
March 21st | 10:00 – 11:30 AM: Petaluma Community Center - 320 N. McDowell Blvd (Club
Room) – en español
March 26th | 6:00 – 7:30 PM: Cloverdale Performing Arts – 209 N. Cloverdale Blvd.
April 4th | 10:00 – 11:30 AM: Cloverdale Citrus Fair – 1 Citrus Fair Dr. (Camellia Room) – en español
April 18th | 10:00 – 11:30 AM: Rohnert Park Community Center – 5401 Snyder Ln. (Lounge)
– en español
May 16th | 10:00 – 11:30 AM: Cloverdale Performing Arts – 209 N. Cloverdale Blvd.
Reservations kindly requested. Please RSVP to:  rsvp@sonomacleanpower.org or by phone at 1 (855) 202-2139.
https://sonomacleanpower.org/meetings/
Sonoma Clean Power is a not-for-profit pubic agency providing cleaner electricity to residential and commercial customers in all Sonoma County cities (with the exception of Healdsburg who has their own municipal utility) and the unincorporated areas of the county.
For more information, please visit sonomacleanpower.org.
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