Local First Willits

The Willits Chamber of Commerce is celebrating the 5th Annual Hometown Celebration on Thursday, June 28, 2012, from 5pm to 9pm. This year’s theme is “Celebrate Our Independents” and focuses on independent businesses as part of the Chamber’s ongoing Shop Local campaign.

Local businesses will stay open until 9:00 PM. Event activities include: live music, vendor booths, games, food, a prize wheel, and more.

The Willits Chamber of Commerce, along with a team of business owners, non-profit organizations and City representatives that comprise the Local First Committee, are dedicated to providing independent business owners with opportunities to reach locals and visitors alike. All businesses and organizations within the greater Willits area are welcome to participate in the Hometown Celebration.

The shopping is great! As you stroll through the downtown area, stop in and browse our local merchants. Many will have discounts and sales for the evening! They will also be open late for your shopping pleasure, and will be glad to see you! Your purchases could win you ticket for a FREE spin on our famous prize wheel located at the Willits Chamber of Commerce and Local First booth.

Vendor booths line Main Street and fill parking lots, side streets, and alley ways in downtown Willits. You can shop for anything from art and crafts, cookery, hardware, massage, furniture, to shoes, craft supplies, body essentials, children’s clothing and services, gift items, books, videos, music, hair care, good eats, drink and much more. Whew!!! All of this available from our vendors and downtown merchants! Sure to meet any and all of your needs and desires!

What a party we have planned during the 86th Annual Willits Frontier Days Celebration! Mark your calendars and join in the fun!

Remember, Shop Local! Be Local! Think Local!…And, Party Local!

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A decision by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will increased the number of rooftop solar installations that will qualify for net energy metering (NEM) by clarifying the way the program is capped.

NEM allows customers to receive a bill credit for excess energy produced by their home solar system. However, the number of solar systems allowed to receive NEM credits is not unlimited. Without NEM, the market potential for rooftop solar would be severely restricted.

California law states that electric utilities are only obligated to offer NEM to customers until the amount of installed solar capacity equals five percent of the utility’s “aggregated customer peak demand.”

Prior to the current CPUC decision, electric utilities interpreted “aggregate customer peak demand” to mean the coincident system peak demand, or the highest demand from all customers at any one time. Under the new interpretation, it is estimated that this cap could be reached in Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s territory as soon as 2013, at which time the utilities would not accept new NEM customers.

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