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Media Coverage

Closed Hayward dump will be transformed into solar farm SF Gate (May 13, 2015) The quest to harvest the sun’s rays moved Wednesday into a Hayward garbage dump where federal and local officials announced plans to build a solar farm that will serve as a model for the nation on innovative ways to combat climate change. READ MORE

EPA chief leads dedication of Hayward solar landfill conversion Contra Costa Times (May 13, 2015)  An old landfill will be the first in the Bay Area to be converted into a solar farm, with 19,000 panels producing enough energy to power 1,200 homes.

The West Winton Landfill conversion is the centerpiece of the nation's largest government collaboration to create solar energy, with 19 agencies in Alameda, Santa Clara, Contra Costa and San Mateo counties pooling resources to build 186 projects. READ MORE.

Contra Costa County streamlines rooftop solar permits San Francisco Business Times, February 6, 2013
"Contra Costa County and seven of its cities made a deal to simplify permits for rooftop solar installations.

The changes, the county said, are aimed at homeowners and small businesses." READ MORE 

Cleantech initiative launches in East Bay, San Francisco Business Times, June 29, 2011
“An effort to grow and keep cleantech companies in the East Bay officially launched Wednesday and will focus on streamlining permitting, group-buying of renewable power like solar, and workforce training.” READ MORE

Regional innovation clusters initiative moves ahead, Contra Costa Council News, May 2011
“The recently completed 2011 Regional Innovation Cluster Strategic Action Plan, which provides a framework for the establishment of an alliance of interested stakeholders to promote regional innovation clusters focused on clean energy and water technology, has been approved by the Contra Costa Council Board of Directors…” READ MORE

Council approves plan for Economic Development Task Force to pursue aggregate renewable energy procurement program for region’s agencies, Contra Costa Council News, December 2010  “As part of the industry-driven, tri-county clean technology cluster initiative, which is being spearheaded by the Contra Costa Economic Partnership, the Contra Costa Council approved a plan at its November 19 board meeting for its Economic Development Task Force to pursue an aggregate renewable energy procurement program for local agencies…” READ MORE

Greater East Bay clean energy collaborative will capitalize on region’s strengths in clean energy and water technology clusters, Contra Costa Council News, August 2010
“A newly formed Greater East Bay clean energy collaborative is moving forward with plans to position the region as a leading global center for innovation and clean energy…” READ MORE

Press Releases

Alameda County Issues Request for Proposals for Large Collaborative Procurement of Renewable Energy, September 20, 2013

New Streamlined Rooftop Solar PV Permitting Process Makes Solar a More Viable Option for Contra Costa County and Cities, February 6, 2013

Making Cents of Solar: A Solar Financing Workshop For Residential Properties, December 21, 2012

Regional Clean Technology Initiative Launches Membership Marketing Campaign, March 12, 2012

Contra Costa Economic Partnership Wins DOE Grant to Develop Model Solar Permitting Process, December 5, 2011

Government and business sing the praises of Greater East Bay economic development initiative focused on clean technology innovation, June 29, 2011

Area legislators get on board Greater East Bay economic development initiative focused on clean energy and water technologies innovation, June 23, 2011