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What do we need, right now?

By |2020-03-27T09:54:41-07:00March 24th, 2020|Categories: California, Community, Energy Efficiency, Sustainable Living|

What do we need, right now? To me it's 5 things. Food, water, shelter, health and energy. Why? Because, without these essentials, nothing else matters. If I am hungry and thirsty, there is nothing else I want but food and water. When it's cold at [...]

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COVID-19, WELLBEING AND FREEDOM: WHAT’S NEXT?

By |2020-03-27T11:40:35-07:00March 24th, 2020|Categories: California, Community, Sustainable Living|

COVID-19, Wellbeing and Freedom: what's next? Sitting at home, reading about coronavirus, you peruse social media, pick up your phone, reach out to friends and strategize on staying connected while distanced and being safe. This is the current situation in which many of us find [...]

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Greenhouses and aquaponics: the future of year-round food production.

By |2020-03-27T09:39:57-07:00March 24th, 2020|Categories: California, Community, Sustainable Living|Tags: , , , , , |

This article was written by guest-author Pierre Beauchamp, executive member of Quantum Growth Institute, which builds greenhouses and aquaponic systems for closed-loop, year-round food production in educational and residential settings. Greenhouses and aquaponics: the future of closed-loop, year-round food production. For the last 10 years, [...]

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Forest stewardship: Turn your private property into paradise

By |2020-03-17T13:36:01-07:00February 25th, 2020|Categories: California, Community|

This article was written by guest-author Matt Merrill, founder of Yuba Forest Restoration (YFR), which offers forestry services to the Gold Country region. Forest stewardship is one thing you can do to enjoy more of your property, protect it from fire, and help native species [...]

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Conservation in Your Backyard: Planting Natives is a Win-Win

By |2020-02-11T17:16:59-08:00January 28th, 2020|Categories: California, Community, Sustainable Living|Tags: , , , , |

By Dorothy Punderson, Education and Outreach Coordinator at Sierra Streams Institute - Nevada City, CA.  Conservation in Your Backyard: Planting Natives is a Win-Win Toyon - Native Species A few weeks ago I was outdoors preparing for an upcoming science education field trip [...]

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Ray’s Thoughts on 2019

By |2019-12-30T16:20:04-08:00December 30th, 2019|Categories: California, Solar|Tags: , , |

The Big News from 2019 -what it means for you in 2020 and beyond. The power shutoffs and our focus on community sustainability and resiliency were a major part of our efforts in 2019 and will continue into 2020. The Public Safety Power Shut Off [...]

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Permaculture Sheet Mulching Sierra Harvest

By |2019-10-31T17:00:08-07:00October 31st, 2019|Categories: California, Community, Sustainable Living|

By Amanda Thibodeau, with Sierra Harvest - a local non-profit for "Fresh Food Education & Access" with their office in Nevada City, CA.  Learn a Fall Permaculture technique called Sheet Mulching Hi Sustainable Energy groupies, this is your friends at Sierra Harvest chiming in. Sierra [...]

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Power Outages – Part 4, Adding Battery Storage To An Existing Solar System

By |2019-10-08T10:07:51-07:00September 25th, 2019|Categories: California, Power Backups - Batteries, Solar Industry/Technology|

POWER OUTAGES - Part 4 Adding Battery Storage To An Existing Solar System As covered in Parts 1 through 3 of this series, there are all kinds of options to serve your backup power needs in the event of a power outage. To the uninitiated, adding [...]

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Hybrid vs Electric vs Combustion Vehicles

By |2019-09-25T17:16:00-07:00September 24th, 2019|Categories: California, Solar, Sustainable Living, Sustainable Transportation|

Electric vs Hybrid vs Combustion Vehicles What’s the best choice and why does it matter? With all the new types of propulsion options for vehicles on the market it can be confusing as to which is the best choice. What are the differences between conventional [...]

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California’s Leap in Building Standards

By |2020-03-27T02:03:33-07:00July 23rd, 2019|Categories: California, Renewable Energy Policy|Tags: , , , , , , |

California’s Leap in Building Standards Last May, the California Energy Commission (CEC) announced a ground-breaking update to the state’s building energy efficiency standards. Starting January 1, 2020, all new buildings in California must have solar. The standards (according to Title 24, Part 6, Building Energy [...]

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