Jul 19

$1,250 for Solar + Backup battery rebate for San Mateo county residents

Posted on July 19, 2021 at 9:24 pm by Clay Curtin

Peninsula Clean Energy is offering a payment of $1,250 to residents of San Mateo County who install solar panels with battery backup power. The Power On Peninsula program helps residents maintain power during grid outages while moving the county toward 100 percent renewable energy. Participants will also benefit from solar power and have the opportunity to sell any excess generation back to the grid. 

Peninsula Clean Energy is working with Sunrun, a leading provider of residential solar and backup battery systems. Sunrun will design, install and maintain the solar electric system and backup batteries. The panels charge the batteries by day, and they provide backup power in case of a grid shutdown. 

Benefits:

  • Helps maintain power during grid outages
  • Advances clean power over fossil fuel, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions
  • Creates local electricity production capacity
  • Provides a community electric storage network that increases resiliency, helps stabilize prices, and enables us to move to 100 percent renewable energy

Peninsula Clean Energy provides clean electricity generation to 97 percent of the residents in San Mateo County at lower rates than PG&E, while investing in the community.

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Jul 05

Popular document shredding event set for August 7

Posted on July 5, 2021 at 8:07 pm by Clay Curtin

Did you file your taxes and need those confidential documents shredded? Do you have piles of office paperwork lying around from working at home? If you answered “Yes” to these questions, you’re in luck! 

Residents and businesses can prevent identity theft by shredding sensitive documents at the City’s popular free shredding event from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, August 7, 2021, at the City Corporation Yard located at 333 Burgess Drive. 

Confidential document destruction includes items such as receipts, checks, pre-approved credit applications, credit card statements, outdated tax returns, pre-printed envelopes, return address labels and business cards. Participants are limited to three boxes (10" x 12" x 15") per vehicle and materials will be shredded on-site. Documents with paper clips, staples and binder clips are acceptable.

NOTE: The electronic waste recycling portion has been cancelled this year. Do not bring any e-waste or household hazardous waste materials. 

To practice social distancing, please follow these guidelines:
  • Please label "Shred only" on any shredding materials and leave them in the trunk
  • It is recommended to remove all other personal items from the trunk to avoid any accidents
  • Residents will open their trucks prior to driving up to the vendors, remain in their vehicles with their face masks on, and the vendors will pick up the shredding materials from the trunks
For more information, please contact Management Analyst Joanna Chen.

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Jun 28

Spare the Air: Bay Area summer smog season is here

Posted on June 28, 2021 at 7:55 pm by Clay Curtin

As the pandemic improves and the number of cars on our roadways each day increases, vehicle emissions remains the largest source of smog pollution and greenhouse gas in the Bay Area. The Spare the Air campaign encourages Bay Area residents to drive less and look for ways to share, shorten or change their commutes to help reduce smog, traffic and gridlock in the region.

The campaign is meant to inform people about the dangerous effects of air pollution on health and ask residents to drive less to reduce pollution when a Spare the Air alert is issued. Between May–October, residents are encouraged to pay attention to daily air quality forecasts and make adjustments to their day’s activities when the pollution levels become high.
 
A Spare the Air alert will be issued when ground-level ozone (smog) is forecast to meet or exceed 126 on the Air Quality Index (AQI) with higher AQI numbers meaning there is a more pollution and a greater health risk.

Bay Area employees are encouraged to check with their human resources office as the return to work, to learn what commuter benefits are available through their employer. The Bay Area Commuter Benefits program requires all employers in the Air District’s jurisdiction with 50 or more full-time employees to offer commuter benefits to their workers. 

During the warmer weather months, Spare the Air Alerts are issued when smog, or ozone pollution, is forecast to reach unhealthy levels. Ozone can cause throat irritation, congestion and chest pain. It can trigger asthma, inflame the lining of the lungs and worsen bronchitis and emphysema. Ozone pollution is particularly harmful for young children, seniors and those with respiratory and heart conditions. When a Spare the Air Alert is called, limit outdoor exercise in the late afternoon when ozone concentrations are highest.

Know when a Spare the Air Alert is in effect:
  • Via text alerts by texting the word “START” to 817-57
  • By connecting with Spare the Air on Facebook or Twitter
  • On the sparetheair.org website
  • By calling 1-800-HELP-AIR
  • By signing up for AirAlerts
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