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iStock_000004788253Medium_revIt's no surprise that the rising cost of fossil fuels and their environmental impact is driving a global transition toward renewable energy. But if you're feeling a touch of déjà vu, you're not off base – we've done this all before. Our ancestors used whale blubber to light and heat their homes. Then the whale population dwindled and blubber became too costly (plus the whales were dying out), so we switched to kerosene. Later we replaced kerosene with electricity from coal and natural gas, and eventually became dependent on petroleum.

Now the shift is toward renewable energies like solar, wind power, and nuclear. The technologies are still developing, and many are already available with government rebates and energy company incentives to boot. Use this section to learn about the opportunities and decide what makes the most sense for you.

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Partner Profile: Napa Valley Hospice & Adult Day Services

It all started with a desire to go solar, but after some research, Napa Valley Hospice & Adult Day Services (NVHADS) realized that the return on an investment in solar panels would take longer than anticipated. The nonprofit would not see initial returns for three to four years—and it would take 14 years to reap more significant savings

Partner Profile: United Cerebral Palsy of the North Bay

The solar panels United Cerebral Palsy of the North Bay (UCP) recently installed on the roof of its warehouse near the Napa airport are expected to generate about 102,630 kilowatt hours of energy annually—enough each day to power the equivalent of 31 average homes. By generating its own power, the organization will spare the air nearly 45 tons of harmful greenhouse gases annually.

Cap and Trade Auction Proceeds Investment Plan

In 2012, the Legislature and Governor Brown established the Greenhouse Gas Reduction (GHG) Fund to receive proceeds from California’s Cap and Trade auctions and to provide a framework for how the auction proceeds will be administered.

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SNC Events and News

SNC featured on Comcast "Newsmakers"
Want to know more about Sustainable Napa County, how the organization got started, and what we are up to now? Watch ... More >
Energy savings pay off for school district
How is the Napa Valley School District saving nearly $300,000 a year?  Through energy efficiency of course! ... More >

Other Events and News

Gasser Goes Green: Conservation features and so...
Feb 21, 2009 Gasser Goes Green Conservation features and solar panels installed By KEVIN COURTNEY Register Staff Write... More >
Napa City Council makes history
Adopts city’s first mandatory high performance building ordinance On December 2, 2008 the Napa City Council... More >

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