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Aarna Networks Joins CNCF, Commits to Cloud Native Future

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SAN JOSE – Aarna Networks, which offers a zero touch management software solution for edge computing and 5G applications to enterprise customers and communications services providers, has officially joined the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), positioning the company and its products for a cloud native future on the digital edge.

Aarna is strategically aligned with the CNCF ecosystem and believes that cloud native principles and technologies are critical to moving to next generation cloud and edge infrastructure. Aarna leverages projects such as Fluentd, Istio, Jaeger, Keycloak, Open Policy Agent, Operator Framework, Kubernetes, and Prometheus in its products, including AMCOP – an open source, cloud native application for orchestration, lifecycle management, and real-time policy driven closed loop automation.

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Uber Will Now Deliver Orders From Over 70 Grocery Outlet Stores

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Uber continues its push into on-demand and scheduled grocery delivery. Starting Thursday, West Coast customers can use Uber and Uber Eats to order sundries from more than 70 Grocery Outlet locations in California, Oregon and Washington state.

The goal of the pilot partnership "is to provide a reliable and affordable grocery delivery option that works for everyone, no matter your budget," said Oskar Hjertonsson, Uber's head of grocery, in a statement.

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California’s vehicle-to-grid experiments offer a glimpse of the future

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The tech already exists for an EV battery to power your house. Now carmakers, utilities, and regulators are working out how that energy-storage tech could help bolster bigger things—namely, the power grid, as both the demand for electricity and reliance on renewables grow.

California has been the US leader in policies that support electrifying transportation, and is crafting regulations that would ban the sale of any new gas-powered cars in 2035. In October 2019, the state passed a bill that requires the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to maximize the use of “feasible and cost-effective” vehicle-grid integration by 2030—one of only a few of its kind in the country.

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Target’s New Store Design Powered by Solar Energy Could be the Sustainable Shop of the Future

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Target has transformed one of its California stores into its most sustainable store yet.

Powered mostly by solar energy, the new exterior design at its Vista, Calif. location is the latest innovation for the Minneapolis-based company as its moves further into executing its sustainability strategy.

The store, which is about 40 miles north of San Diego, now boasts 3,420 solar panels across its roof and newly installed carport canopies. Target said that its new design will generate more renewable energy than it needs annually to operate and will test multiple innovations to reduce the building’s emissions. The retailer said it expects to produce up to a 10% energy surplus each year from this design and will transmit it back to the local power grid.

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Ripon will upgrade water meter system for 5G networks

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The new 5G-compatible endpoint telemetry devices that can be attached to water meters are coming soon to Ripon.

The Ripon City Council approved last week  replacing the soon-to-be-outdated original 3G system – part of the 2015 Water Meter Installation Project – that sends water-usage data back to the city via cellular signals.

“The endpoint devices purchased (from Badger Meter, Inc.) had a 10-year battery life with a five-year full replacement warranty and a five-year pro-rated replacement warranty,” said Public Works Director James Pease in his March 8 report to Council.

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Device uses eye movement to help non-verbal children communicate

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LOS ANGELES — New technology is helping non-verbal students communicate.

San Bernadino County Schools in California recently received a grant to buy the Tobii Dynavox Eye Gaze Machine.

“This equipment just motivates everybody to keep working on individual students and how we can best connect with them so that we can support their goals,” said Superintendent Ted Alejandre.

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Pilot project to test the benefits and problems of solar panels covering canals

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Stretches of irrigation canals in Central California are about to get a bit of a facelift.

“We serve 150,000 acres with irrigation,” Josh Weimer, the external affairs manager with Turlock Irrigation District, said.

Weimer is part of a first-in-the-nation project that’s coming to life.

“We already own these 250 miles of canals, so the idea of using existing land that we own to minimize the cost of the overall project is something we’re very interested in,” he said.

“We expected that the benefits would be water savings by reducing evaporation and renewable energy produced, but there are other benefits,” Brandi McKuin, a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Santa Cruz, said. She and her team said they have scientific proof of the benefits to us all.

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Medical robotics company Noah Medical opens research centers in California

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Noah Medical announced today that it unveiled a new research and training facility and a research and development facility in California.

The 10,000 square foot research and training facility in Sunnyvale, California, and the 15,000 square foot R&D facility in San Carlos, California, will be used to pursue new medical robotics indications.

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Turlock Irrigation District will be the first in the nation to put solar panels on canals

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Project locations are located just outside of Ceres and outside of Turlock Lake in the Hickman area.
Project locations are located just outside of Ceres and outside of Turlock Lake in the Hickman area.

TURLOCK, Calif. — A small portion of Turlock Irrigation District's canals will be part of a first-of-its-kind project that puts solar panels over canals.

"On its surface, it's putting solar panels over canals, right? Not necessarily groundbreaking, however, this is the first type of project in California... this is really a groundbreaking project and the first in the nation," said Josh Weimer, External Affairs director for TID.

The project is formally known as Project Nexus. It follows research out of UC Merced that studied how putting solar panels over canals could net some positive impacts for the state. During the project, TID will have their eyes on water evaporation, improvements to water quality, canal maintenance and renewable energy generation. 

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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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