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Backup power for medical nonprofit, solar requirement for new homes in CA




SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 27:  Employees of Solar Forward install solar electric panels on a residential rooftop on February 27, 2009 in Santa Monica, California. President Obama signed into law an economic-recovery package containing more than $20 billion investing in a greener economy, including $500 million for green job training.  According to the Council of Economic Advisers, 'green' jobs pay 10 to 20 percent more than other jobs and are more likely to be union jobs. Consumers also benefit from lower electric and heating bills through solar electric, solar water heating, and building weatherization upgrades.   (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Employees of Solar Forward install solar electric panels on a residential rooftop on February 27, 2009 in Santa Monica, California. President Obama signed into law an economic-recovery package containing more than $20 billion investing in a greener economy, including $500 million for green job training. According to the Council of Economic Advisers, 'green' jobs pay 10 to 20 percent more than other jobs and are more likely to be union jobs. Consumers also benefit from lower electric and heating bills through solar electric, solar water heating, and building weatherization upgrades. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
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One year after the Thomas Fire burned through parts of Santa Barbara, a nonprofit medical relief organization has installed a new sustainable backup power system so it can keep operating in case of an emergency. Plus, California will require solar panels on new homes, starting in 2020. And, what the investigation into City Councilman Jose Huizar means for downtown L.A.

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Direct Relief partners with Tesla on sustainable backup power system

Power outages are, at the very least, an annoyance. But during emergency situations, like the recent Camp and Woolsey fires, the loss of electricity can also be life-threatening, especially for people with medical conditions. With that in focus, one organization that provides medicines to people during catastrophes has taken an unusual step to keep the power on. It's installed a solar energy system with on-site battery storage to keep its facility running just in case of a worst-case scenario with a blackout that lasts for months. Take Two’s Sue Carpenter has the story.

Aerial of Direct Relief Solar Energy system.
Aerial of Direct Relief Solar Energy system.
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