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Solar Energy Partners Announces Merger with The Standard, Offering Customers Higher Value and Lower Costs

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"We're growing - and moving - incredibly fast, with the merger having already combined The Standard's cutting-edge philosophies with SEPs pedigreed 'smart game,'" says Alex Williams, Co-Founder at SEP.

TURLOCK, Calif., -- Solar Energy Partners, also known as SEP, a company that offers a 'white glove' service in researching, comparing, selecting, and installing residential solar panels today announced their merge with The Standard. This merger is set to accelerate SEPs already rapid growth, enabling the company to expand its footprint into several other states and offer its services to millions more throughout the country.

"We're growing - and moving - incredibly fast, with the merger having already combined The Standard's cutting-edge philosophies with SEPs pedigreed 'smart game,'" says Alex Williams, Co-Founder at SEP. "As such, we now have hundreds of finessed, verifiable solar experts from The Standard working alongside SEP's equally capable representatives to offer customers an even more bespoke experience across a number of states."

Founded four years ago in Bakersfield, CA. by Todd Jensen, Brian Hutchings, and Brad Holm, The Standard solar energy company expanded into Texas last year. Since March of 2020, the organization has grown from 15 representatives to 150 with offices in Fresno, Bakersfield, San Diego, Dallas, San Antonio, and Houston. As a result of the merger, SEP now has over 500 contractors in five states, which amounts to a 500% growth rate in the past year.

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Tech Tools Making a Difference in Stanislaus County Schools

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(TNS) — Even as school districts in Stanislaus County work to increase in-person learning time for primary grade students and possibly return junior high and high school kids to campuses in mid-March, distance learning remains a mainstay of education during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Being thrust nearly a year ago into this unprecedented environment has led teachers, administrators and support staff to explore and employ an array of trainings and tools and to walk a line between what's beneficial and what becomes a burden.

Here's a snapshot of some of the tech being used in local school districts. Note: A tool discussed by a district may be in use in other districts as well.

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Coronavirus: California city protects bus drivers with air cleaning tech

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The city of Turlock has announced it will become the first in California to install air cleaning devices across its entire operational bus fleet, as it looks to protect its drivers from the risk of airborne transmission of coronavirus.

Turlock Transit, the city’s transit agency, plans to install 20 AirLabs AirBubbl air cleaning devices in the driver cabins of its buses by the end of the month, including eight devices which are already installed. The AirBubbl removes more than 95% of airborne viruses and contaminated particulate matter and floods the driver area with over 30,000 liters of clean air every hour, creating a clean air breathing zone for the driver to keep drivers safe.

California is one of the US regions hit hardest by coronavirus, with more than 30,000 registered deaths and more than 2.7M registered cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The high level of coronavirus in the region is putting hospitals in the state under immense pressure, with 88.2% of intensive care beds occupied in the seven-day period from the start of January.

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Getting Paid To Shop Local: Stanislaus County App Helps Businesses And Customers

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MODESTO (CBS13) — Spending cash in Stanislaus County is now a little easier on your pocketbook. A local nonprofit is paying customers to shop local to help struggling businesses.

“It’s pretty much free money, there is the incentive to come and spend it locally,” said customer, Tyne Adraktas.

Tyne Adraktas ate for free Friday, paying for her food using the RAD card. It’s a local app where you put money in and get more out.

“Every dollar counts, where you could also save yourself and help a business that might be struggling right now is very important,” she explained.

The app allows for a one-time match of up to $100 to spend in downtown districts across Stanislaus County.

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County downtown business program doubles customers’ spending dollars

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A downtown business program that started in Modesto and pays customers for shopping local has been expanded to include Turlock and all cities in Stanislaus County.

The RAD Card, or, “Relief Across Downtown” Card, is a digital gift card created by the Downtown Modesto Partnership this summer. It was originally focused on aiding downtown Modesto businesses but with the commitment of one million dollars from Stanislaus County CARES Act, the RAD Card program will now expand to downtowns in all cities and unincorporated communities countywide.

When a customer downloads the RAD Card app, their purchase amount of either $25, $50, $75 or $100 is automatically matched, doubling the funds in the customer’s RAD Card account. The customer’s app is then assigned a unique QR code that can be scanned by participating restaurants, retailers and personal care services when a transaction occurs.

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Council OKs gap funding for water plant

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Sitting as the Ceres Financing Authority, members of the Ceres City Council last week unanimously approved the sale of $22 million in bonds to finance the surface water project as an interim measure.

The cities of Ceres and Turlock have formed a joint powers authority, called the Stanislaus Regional Water Authority (SRWA), with the Turlock Irrigation District to build and run a plant to siphon water out of the Tuolumne River, filter it and pipe it to homes. The water will be stored in a large above ground tank at Ceres River Bluff Regional Park and comingled with groundwater.

The design-build contract awarded to CH2M Hill costs $195.4 million with total costs expected to reach $285 million. Each city’s share of the plant’s cost will be based on how much water is being used. Turlock will receive 10 million gallons of water per day and Ceres will receive 5 million gallons per day. The Ceres City Council approved a five-year series of rate increases on water service to help pay off Ceres’ share of $89 million.

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MODESTO, CALIFORNIA, U.S., October 13, 2020 / -- According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be 1.8 million software-related job openings in the next decade. With American universities producing only 65,000 computer science graduates each year, the ever-tightening tech labor market is expected to push salaries even higher. Many software jobs already pay six figures, and experienced developers in leading companies such as Airbnb and Google make more than $200,000 annually. Despite boundless opportunities in tech, a very large group of workers continues to be shut out of the industry due to lack of training.

Bay Valley Tech is now expanding its free software training program to help Californians who have found it difficult to qualify for these tech jobs. The code academy aims to train 1,000 new programmers locally, with 300 students planned for next year. Local employers E&J Gallo, Novo Technologies, Merced County and others are already benefiting from the highly effective tech education program. Gallo recently hired five code academy students and other employers are approaching Bay Valley Tech to hire software coding talent as well.

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City Council OKs bonds for interim funding of surface water plant

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The Ceres City Council approved a resolution last week which gets the ball rolling on issuing bonds to help finance the surface water plant jointly built between the cities of Ceres and Turlock.

Both cities are members of a joint powers authority under the name of the Stanislaus Regional Water Authority (SRWA). In June the JPA Authority awarded a $195.4 million design-build contract for the design and construction of the plant to CH2M Hill. The firm will complete the raw water pump station, design and construct raw and finished water pipelines and a 15 million gallon per day water treatment plant (WTP). The project costs will be funded by both cities and Turlock Irrigation District.

The project is expected to be completed in August 2023.

The SRWA agrees to deliver 15 million gallons of treated water per day with 5 MGD being supplied to Ceres and 10 MGD supplied to Turlock. The water will be comingled with ground water.

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Cell phone data reveals which California counties are not socially distancing

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Want to know which California counties are evidently not doing a very good job of obeying the statewide shelter-in-place order that has been in effect for over a week now?

The data company Unacast, a firm that collects cell phone location data for private companies, created an interactive map that shows which counties in California and beyond are correctly "socially distancing" by staying at home.

Each county and state is graded on an A-F basis on the "change in average mobility," or the decline in distance traveled since quarantine measures were first put in place.

"To calculate the actual underlying social indexing score we combine tens of millions of anonymous mobile phones and their interactions with each other each day - and then extrapolate the results to the population level," Unacast writes in its methodology.

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