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Northern California’s First Solar-Powered Cannabis Dispensary Opens

Emerald Pharms

Emerald Pharms announced today the opening of Northern California’s first solar-powered medical cannabis dispensary. Emerald Pharms will be open to the public on Tuesday, October 27th.

Emerald Pharms will specialize in regional heirloom genetics, and feature an extensive selection of high quality, lab-tested products, including: CBD-rich products, edibles, topicals, tinctures, sublingual sprays, gel caps and smokeless vape cartridges, as well as flower, seeds, and clones.

“We chose Hopland because it’s the gateway to The Emerald Triangle, the largest cannabis producing region in the world, and the place where CBD-rich cannabis was re-discovered,” said Emerald Pharms. “Our mission is to showcase the things Northern California is best known for: environmental sustainability, technical ingenuity and high quality cannabis.”
Emerald Pharms is located at the Real Goods Solar Living Center in Hopland, California, a twelve-acre permaculture paradise and demonstration site for renewable energy, green building, biodynamic gardening, and other sustainable technologies.

Compare Reviews for Solar Energy Companies


Solar Energy is taking the world by storm and for many consumers hoping to be apart of that storm, finding credible resources that cover the topic can be hard. ConsumerAffairs created a guide that helps consumers determine whether or not “going solar” will work for them.

Here are a few topics the guide covers:

  • What are the different types of solar energy companies – and which one will meet your specific needs?
  • Going solar can be expensive, so what are your financing options?
  • Does the company offer service beyond installation?

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An Electrifying Investment: What Distributed Generation and Net Metering Mean for You


Today, the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC) released a new tool designed to educate consumers about the benefits of next-generation smart grid technologies. Providing answers to many common questions, SGCC’s new fact sheet An Electrifying Investment: What Distributed Generation and Net Metering Mean for You simplifies the principles of net metering and distributed generation. Designed to empower consumers to take on America’s shifting energy landscape, this new tool also equips consumers with key questions they should ask when considering a home energy system, such as rooftop solar panels.

Auric Solar Flips the Switch on Utah’s Largest Solar Power Project at Rio Tinto Stadium

Solar Panels over Rio Tinto Parking Lot

Rio Tinto Stadium, the home of Major League Soccer’s Real Salt Lake as well as the USL Real Monarchs, today flipped the ceremonial switch on the state of Utah’s largest privately-owned solar array. The 2,020-kilowatt system was installed by Auric Solar.

The solar panels will offset 73 percent of Real Salt Lake’s total annual stadium power needs – the largest offset in North American professional sports and entertainment venues. The ambitious project was initiated in April 2015 and took six months to complete.

Nearly 95 percent of the solar array (made up of 6,423 solar panels) has been installed on new solar-covered parking structures, including an entirely new parking lot on the north side of the stadium. Covering the equivalent of 3.10 acres, the aggregation of the panels would cover 2.3 American football fields, 1.3 FIFA regulation soccer fields, extending 7.9 miles or 41,500 feet if stacked end-to-end.

SunEdison and City of Fremont Unveil City’s New Solar Canopy Systems

SunEdison Logo (PRNewsFoto/SunEdison, Inc.)

SunEdison, Inc. (NYSE: SUNE), the largest global renewable energy development company, today announced the completion of three solar canopy systems for the City of Fremont, Calif. The systems are expected to generate 1.2 megawatts (MW) DC of clean, reliable electricity for the city.

The solar canopy systems are mounted on canopy structures over parking lots at the city’s Irvington Community Center, the Aqua Adventure Water Park, and the Robert Wasserman Fremont Police Center. The solar systems are expected to generate enough energy to power almost 150 homes each year and avoid the emission of more than 500 tons of carbon dioxide annually, equivalent to the amount of carbon sequestered by approximately 425 acres of forest.

The City of Fremont signed 20-year power purchase agreements with SunEdison as part of the Regional Renewable Energy Procurement Program (R-REP) led by Alameda County. It is projecting that the solar energy will save taxpayers more than $2.6 million dollars over the life of the agreement, and will result in a more than 5 percent reduction in city emissions following the completion of a fourth canopy system early next year.

Surging Growth Prompts Restart Solar to Open New Los Angeles County Showroom, Office & Warehouse

Restart Solar, a leading Southern California-based residential solar company with locations in Ventura County, San Bernadino County, and Orange County, announced today that in response to surging demand for its cost and energy-saving solar system installations, it has opened a new 5518 square foot showroom, office and warehouse in Los Angeles County at 1501 Truman Street, Los Angeles 91340.

According to Restart Solar’s founder and President Kyle DeMarinis, the new location was selected after a prolonged search because it supported the company’s expansion goals, but without compromising its established commitment to customer support and service.

“Since day one, our business model has always been to be the best local residential solar company in every area that we serve,” commented DeMarinis. “Now through our new location, we can get to our Los Angeles County customers much faster. We can also invite them to come in and meet our amazing team, see our advanced products and equipment, and enjoy a better overall customer experience. Simply having happy customers isn’t good enough. We strive to make our customers raving fans, and our new location is a key part of this ongoing commitment.”

GE Power Conversion Breathes Life into the Japanese Solar Market with Highly Reliable and Cost-Effective Solutions

GE Power Station
  • GE Power Conversion is supporting the Hosoe mega solar project in Japan with its Brilliance inverter skid solutions, offering a complete equipment and 20-year lifecycle services package tailor-made for the Japanese solar market
  • GE’s technology offers reliability and smooth integration into the solar farm and grid, while being cost-effective and fully compliant with local standards
  • The solar farm is planned to commence commercial operations in 2018 and will be one of the biggest in Japan

Miyazaki, Japan – 30 July – Your average solar farm won’t get very far if the task at hand is to change the way in which energy is generated for 50 million Japanese households – here, you have to think big. That’s why the Hosoe solar project in Japan, planned to be in service by 2018 and equipped with GE Power Conversion technology, will be anything but average.

Located on Kyushu Island, the 96.2-megawatt (DC) photovoltaic solar plant is set to be one of the largest in Japan, and is expected to generate clean energy for up to 30,000 households, delivering annual CO2 emission savings of 68,200 tons. To enable this operation with enhanced efficiency, the developer of the project, Pacifico Energy K.K., selected GE Power Conversion to supply its Brilliance inverters for the mega solar project.