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C.A.R. Business Products now offers 3D home tour technology exclusively to REALTORS®

Real Estate Business Services® Inc. (REBS®), a subsidiary of the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.), through its C.A.R. Business Products division, has signed a partnership with 3D home tour provider immoviewer, to help REALTORS® easily create virtual property tours and boost their business

Counter to Utility Claims, Solar Users Provide Net Benefits

Solar panels provide pollution-free energy that delivers far-reaching benefits to the environment and the electric grid, said a new report released today by Environment California Research & Policy Center. The report outlines how solar panels on homes, schools and businesses often provide more benefits than they receive through programs like net metering, counter to utility claims that solar owners don’t pay their fair share

New award recognizes California leadership in zero net energy schools

California is leading the nation in the transformation of K-12 schools and community colleges to zero net energy (ZNE) performance. To honor early innovation and leadership in this market, nine inaugural ZNE School Leadership Awards were given on behalf of the California Investor owned Utilities Prop 39 ZNE School Pilot Program to showcase the people, buildings and districts that are driving this new standard for school environments. ZNE schools are high performance buildings that combine energy efficiency and renewable energy resources to produce at least as much energy as they consume annually.

Los Angeles to Chart Path to 100% Renewable Energy

The Los Angeles City Council stepped up its climate leadership by directing the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power to work with area academics and other stakeholders to determine how to move the city to 100% renewable energy.

Roadmap Released for a ‘Smart from the Start’ #CleanEnergy Future in California Desert

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) finalized the first phase of theDesert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) on public lands, a conservation strategy developed by the state of California, the federal government and conservation stakeholders, including Defenders of Wildlife. The plan identifies smart from the start areas for renewable energy development that avoids or minimizes adverse effects on wildlife.

Reps. Huffman & Thompson Applaud Obama Administration’s “Clean Energy Savings for All Americans Initiative”

its bold new announcement of a cross government partnership, the “Clean Energy Savings for All Americans Initiative,” which includes an expansion of Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs. This administrative action comes after Reps. Huffman and Thompson urged the Department of Veterans Affairs to enable veterans to receive VA-secured home loans to take advantage of PACE programs.

CPUC, ENERGY COMMISSION, AND NBI ANNOUNCE MILESTONE TOWARD ACHIEVING STATEWIDE ZERO NET ENERGY...

The California Public Utilities Commission, California Energy Commission, and the New Buildings Institute (NBI) today announced that California continues the march toward its zero net energy (ZNE) goals, with 108 new and renovated commercial buildings that have been either verified as generating as much energy as they consume or are working toward that target.

Environment California Kicks Off Public Education Effort for 100% Clean, Renewable Energy

Environment California Research & Policy Center will deploy hundreds of door-knockers this summer as part of a multi-million-dollar effort to educate Americans about the possibility of 100 percent clean, renewable energy.

San Diego ranks 2nd for solar power in nation

Environment California Research & Policy Center was joined in front of San Diego International Airport’s 3.3 megawatt (MW) solar installation by Mayor Kevin Faulconer, airport officials, local renewable energy advocates and industry leaders to celebrate San Diego’s impressive solar power achievements. San Diego has more solar panels than most major American cities, ranking 2nd nationwide—for the third year in a row—among dozens of metropolitan areas analyzed in a new report.

Faulconer Announces San Diego Increased Solar Capacity by 26%, Ranks Second Nationally

Marking a big step toward implementing San Diego’s Climate Action Plan and the goal of 100 percent renewable energy use citywide by 2035, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer joined environmentalists and solar businesses Friday to release a new report that shows San Diego ranks second nationally in solar energy capacity following a 26 percent increase in solar panel installations over the past year.

Interior Department Approves 287-Megawatt Soda Mountain Solar Project in Southern California

As part of President Obama's Climate Action Plan to reduce carbon pollution, create jobs and move our economy toward clean energy, Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management Janice Schneider today announced approval of the Soda Mountain Solar Project on public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in California

Target making inroads on solar power, but Environment California “expects more”

Target has pledged to put solar panels on a quarter of its stores, but the company could cut pollution dramatically and even save its customers money by putting panels on all of its nearly 2,000 rooftops in North America, advocacy group Environment California said today

Auction.com Enhances Online Real Estate Selling Experience by Launching Seller Dashboard

In a move that further revolutionizes its online real estate selling experience, Auction.com, LLC, the nation’s leading online real estate marketplace, today announces the launch of its Commercial Real Estate Seller Dashboard, a new tool created specifically to provide added intelligence and simplify the user experience for Auction.com customers.

Mayor Garcetti Announces Streamlined Solar Program for Los Angeles Residents, Businesses

Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced the roll-out of a revamped solar energy program, which will enable thousands of Angelenos to produce and utilize solar power with greater speed and efficiency

STREAMLINING THE RESIDENTIAL SOLAR PERMIT PROCESS

Streamlining the permit process for solar energy installation will encourage the effective development of solar technology, and minimize the obstacles and permit costs for installation. Residential solar permitting fees have been reduced, saving more than half in permit costs. Previously, the permit fee for a residential solar system topped $1,000; however, with the new process, fees have been reduced to $304.

U.S. EPA Honors 2015 Green Power Leaders in California

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced its annual Green Power Leadership Awards to seven businesses across California. “These organizations demonstrate that green power is an affordable investment that provides reliable energy while fighting global warming.”

California Wins as Top Solar State in the Country

In 2014, California not only led the nation in total installed solar electric capacity, with solar power generating more than 5 percent of the state’s total electricity consumption, but the Golden State also added more installed solar capacity last year than all other states combined, according to a new report released today by Environment California Research & Policy Center.

Renew Financial partners with SolarCity to boost solar for commercial properties

Renew Financial offering PACE financing for thousands of commercial properties as part of major partnership with leading national solar company, making solar affordable for tens of thousands of properties in California. National expansion of plan also likely

Increased Wildlife Protections Secured for California Solar Flats Project in Monterey County

Conservation groups have reached an agreement with the First Solar, Inc. to provide additional conservation protections to wild lands and wildlife as part of construction of the California Flats Solar Project, a proposed 280-megawatt solar energy project in Monterey and San Luis Obispo counties.

California Water Mandate & Compliance

This year the State of California has mandated that properties cut water usage by at least 20-percent – a large undertaking for some companies and brands that might have to make major overhauls to landscaping and water usage in prospective properties. Unire Real Estate Group, with its more than 35-million square feet of managed property, has been working diligently with tenants, clients and landscapers to develop and implement new watering strategies, as well as replace existing planting with drought

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Pelosi Remarks at Hunters View Community Commemoration Ceremony

Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi joined San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, Board of Supervisors President London Breed, Supervisor Malia Cohen and community leaders to honor the newly opened Hunters View Community Housing. Below is a transcript of the Leader’s remarks

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CBRE National Retail Partners West Completes Sale of BeachWalk in Solana...

CBRE’s John Read announced that his National Retail Partners – West (NRP-West) team along with Reg Kobzi in CBRE’s San Diego office completed the sale of BeachWalk, a 54,973 square-foot coastal retail center in the city of Solana Beach, Calif. Situated along Highway 101, the property is steps to the Pacific Ocean, walking distance to the Cedros Design District and Amtrak Train Station, and less than a mile from the world famous Del Mar Fairgrounds, site of the Del Mar Racetrack. The sale price was $33.25 million. More...