Camarillo Solar Power Company Becomes Another Anecdote For Why CA is a Job-Killer

Power-One Solar Inverter

A local solar power company, Power-One, announced this week that it is expanding operations in Arizona, not California, making the Camarillo tech company another anecdote for why California is a job-killer state.  Prognosticators said after AB32 passed green and clean energy companies – like solar energy technology corporations – would flock to California.  Here’s what Power-One CEO Richard Thompson had to say about that … “Arizona is where the solar corridor is in this country, and it is really attracting industry,”

California will be the last, not the first state to emerge from the recession if we don’t roll back regulations, lower taxes and prevent frivolous litigation.  Start by voting for Proposition 23 and suspend AB 32.  It’s time to level the playing field with other states like Arizona, show that California can compete, and start creating jobs here, not in Phoenix.  Power-one is making a prudent business decision.  This news is not the company’s fault, it’s Sacramento’s fault.

“Phoenix wants to be known as the Silicon Valley of solar,” he said. “The state made it very attractive for us to be there.” – Power One CEO Richard Thompson.
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Published in: on October 6, 2010 at 3:41 pm  Leave a Comment  

Local Renewable Energy Companies Hoping to Obtain Fed Stimulus Monies In the Pipeline Today

It was announced today that the California Energy Commission (CEC) will control $300 million of federal stimulus dollars to support energy projects throughout the State, particularly renewable developments, like wind, solar and tidal energy.  For the CEC website, click here.  The press release is below. 

Some local Central Coast projects are looking closely at how to obtain some of those funds.  One would expect Gray’s Harbor Ocean Energy, a Washington-based company with a Ventura area tidal project, to coordinate a pitch for some of these funds. We will have to wait to see how effective we are here on the Central Coast to compete for these funds.



On February 17, President Barack Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) into law. The comprehensive economic stimulus legislation provides nearly $800 billion in new spending for a variety of programs and activities designed to spur economic development and job growth. Moreover, the economic stimulus bill substantially increases funding for existing and new energy programs and initiatives.


ARRA contains over $37 billion in federal funding for energy efficiency, renewable energy and a host of other clean energy initiatives. These initiatives are also supported with about $20 billion in energy-related tax credits, energy bonds and other favorable tax incentives. New funding and energy-related tax credits present California and the California Energy Commission and its stakeholders and citizens with an opportunity to lay the foundation for economic recovery and a more secure and cleaner energy future.


With the signing of ARRA, the Energy Commission is expected to receive nearly $300 million in federal funding for the State Energy Program (SEP) and Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Programs (EECBG). Funds from these two programs will support efforts to promote conservation, increase energy efficiency and expand renewable energy in California.


The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is working on guidelines for the distribution and use of the SEP and EECBG funds. Release of the federal guidelines is imminent, and we are very interested in working with DOE, state agencies, and our energy stakeholders to ensure we get the money out quickly to stimulate economic activity and create the foundation for long-term sustainable growth.


The Energy Commission has launched a new website page devoted to ARRA activities at:

Published in: on March 3, 2009 at 10:10 pm  Leave a Comment  

Central Coast Ground Zero for Alternative Energy Development?

The most recent news: A Washington State company, Greys Harbor Ocean Energy, applied for a permit in October from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to allow them to explore wave technology 10 miles off the Ventura Coast.  Click here for the Ventura County Star article. Locally, a coalition is forming to promote the Central Coast as the “silicon valley” of alternative energy innovation, manufacturing, use and development. See here

Artist depiction of wave energy

Artist depiction of wave energy

Published in: on January 4, 2009 at 5:13 pm  Leave a Comment