Tag Archives: California

CEQA Strikes Again: Supreme Court of California Decision Highlights the Importance of Managing Environmental Issues in Project Development

On Monday, the California Supreme Court halted a nearly 12,000 acre mixed-use development project that was 15-years in the making in Los Angeles County, and had earned both state and local agency support.  The reason?  The Court cited a number of environmental issues with the proposed development as the basis for its decision.  Although the … Continue reading this entry

1-3 MW Solar RFP Issued in Palo Alto, California

The City of Palo Alto Utilities (CPAU) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for 1-3 MW (AC) in order to create a CPAU-branded Community Solar Program. The CPAU has stated that its primary objectives for such program are to help facilitate reaching the City of Palo Alto’s target of meeting 4% of its energy … Continue reading this entry

California Senate and Assembly Vote to Extend Property Tax Exclusion for Solar

In furtherance of California’s commitment to renewable solar energy, the California Senate and Assembly recently passed Senate Bill 871 (SB 871) which, if signed, would extend the sunset date on the existing property tax exclusion for newly constructed solar energy systems from January 1, 2017, to January 1, 2025. Generally, California’s Constitution limits ad valorem … Continue reading this entry

Changes to California Prevailing Wage Law: Implications for Solar Projects

Recent changes to California’s prevailing wage laws highlight the importance of complying with them. Prevailing wage laws are aimed at ensuring that a contractor’s ability to win a public works contract is not based on paying lower wages than a competitor pays. Contractors are required to set the same wage rates when bidding on a … Continue reading this entry

California City Enacts Law Requiring Solar Energy Systems on Most New Homes

The city of Lancaster, California recently adopted an ordinance requiring builders of most new homes to install functional solar power generation systems on these homes prior to their sale to the public. The law is believed to be the first in the nation to actually mandate the installation of solar systems. Californians may recall that the California Environmental Protection … Continue reading this entry