Topic: Solar

Biden Administration Announces 50% Hike in Tariffs on Solar Cells from China 

President Biden recently announced new tariffs on goods imported from China. The levies include a major tariff increase on solar cells, the vast majority of which are manufactured in China. As previously reported by SPURR, 2023 saw multiple factors constraining American solar energy initiatives. This...
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SB 1374: An Introduction to California’s Newest Energy Bill Affecting Schools

After new regulations rattled California’s school districts, who have long struggled to procure and afford renewable energy, a new bill has emerged to bridge the gaps. SB 1374 was recently introduced by Menlo Park Democratic Senator Josh Becker, and according to a CalMatters opinion piece,...
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SPURR Announces RFP for Solar and Energy Storage

The School Project for Utility Rate Reduction (SPURR) announces a Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking qualified vendors to submit responsive proposals for solar photovoltaic and energy storage projects. SPURR is a CA joint powers authority with >300 member public school and community college districts and...
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City of Fresno breaks ground on large solar project procured through SPURR

On Oct 23, 2023, the City of Fresno broke ground on a large solar power project procured through SPURR’s Renewable Energy Aggregated Procurement (REAP) Program. You can see local TV news reports here and here. The detailed press release issued by the City of Fresno...
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San Luis Obispo County California

Hear from Annie Secrest, the County’s Energy and Water Coordinator, and John Diodati, the Interim Public Works Director, to learn about their new solar projects and their procurement process with SPURR and ForeFront Power.
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South Monterey County JUHSD Goes Solar at Two High Schools

Chief Business Official, Sherrie Castellanos, speaks to South Monterey County Joint Union High School District’s decision to adopt solar energy and process for procurement with ForeFront Power and SPURR.
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Bakersfield City Council Meeting

Bakersfield City Council considers SPURR solar program
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Q&A with Dick McKinley of the City of Paso Robles

ForeFront Power recently sat down with Dick McKinley, the Public Works Director of the City of Paso Robles to understand why the municipality adopted solar and what advice he has to offer other cities and towns.
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State Center Community College District saves over $18 million by going solar!

Watch as Christine Miktarian and Dr. Carole Goldsmith describe their experience procuring solar across State Center Community College District (SCCCD). SCCCD partnered with ForeFront Power and School Project for Utility Rate Reduction (SPURR) to provide 7.4 megawatts (MW) of solar across four of its main...
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