Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Sutter Amador Hospital Harnesses Solar Power to Provide More Than Half its Electricity Needs

Large Solar Project Is Part of Sutter Health’s Commitment to the Environment and Public Health

JACKSON, CA -- Sutter Amador Hospital “flipped the switch” Friday, April 26 on an on-site solar generating system that will provide more than half of the electrical power needs for the medical campus. The solar power purchase agreement project, otherwise known as a PPA, is part of Sutter Health’s ongoing efforts to provide a cleaner energy source at its hospitals and medical office buildings, demonstrating the Northern California healthcare network’s commitment to environmental stewardship.
Roof top array at Sutter Amador Hospital in Jackson, California
Sutter partnered with ENGIE Services U.S. to install 1.58 megawatts (MW) of solar power on parking structures and rooftops at Sutter Amador Hospital. The solar power system will generate 2.4 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of clean, renewable power per year, reducing the Hospital’s carbon footprint while positively impacting Sutter’s core mission to provide excellence in patient care.

As a result of the new solar installations, Sutter Amador Hospital is expected to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 1,762 metric tons annually, the equivalent of removing 374 cars from the road or reducing the use of more than 190,000 gallons of gasoline each year. The 2.4 million kWh of clean energy produced is the equivalent of powering 211 homes for a year.

“Sutter Health and Sutter Amador Hospital have been looking for ways to continue our mission of superior health services to the community while at the same time contributing to a healthier environment,” said Stephen Lockhart, M.D., Sutter Health Chief Medical Officer and executive sponsor of Sutter Health’s environmental stewardship program. “The main reason for bringing this sustainable energy source to the Sutter Amador Hospital campus and other locations is to reduce our carbon footprint in the communities that we serve. Now it will be Earth Day every day here at Sutter Amador Hospital.”

Sutter, ENGIE and community leaders "Flip the Switch" on solar power at SAH.
The Sutter Amador Hospital solar project is the second of six Sutter Health locations throughout Northern California that are part of a pilot program in the network’s ongoing efforts to reduce its use of fossil fuels for power generation.

“Sutter Amador Hospital is proud to be a model hospital by generating more than half of its electricity by using this renewable, clean energy source,” said Sutter Amador Hospital CEO Tom Dickson. “With our new solar program, Sutter Amador Hospital has accomplished using energy generated by the sun – a renewable source – while at the same time reducing harmful emissions and improving on-site energy resiliency and independence. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

The energy savings created from the solar installations will be redirected to resources that directly impact patient care and other mission-critical needs at Sutter Amador Hospital, Dr. Lockhart says. Sutter Health has also locked in a favorable rate for 20 years, hedging against the risk of fluctuating energy prices in the future, assisting in Sutter’s mission to provide quality healthcare at affordable prices.

In addition, the new parking canopy systems that provide clean energy to Sutter Health’s vital healthcare operations will also provide shaded parking for hospital vehicles, staff vehicles and the general public. This will save in maintenance costs for facility transportation and reduce the use of automobile air conditioning.

Part of the solar array in visitor and staff parking at Sutter Amador.

Parking structure.
Sutter Amador Hospital Chief Nursing Executive Melody Montgomery shared during the “Flip the Switch” event Friday that as she watched the solar system being constructed and started paying attention to solar arrays at other facilities, “It was easy to see the positive impact happening as our system was built – I thought, these structures are going up well here. They are strong, and they represent the courage of making a decision like this to provide clean energy with lasting impacts for the community across Sutter Amador Hospital – from patients to staff and visitors,” she said.

Montgomery said the solar generating system has added to the hospital’s attractiveness. “It really has enhanced it,” she said, “and it has really brought to light Sutter Health’s focus on the community and the environment.”

ENGIE completed construction on the solar arrays on parking structures and rooftops in just six months. The firm’s ongoing commitment includes operations and maintenance services, ensuring the solar systems are always operating at peak performance. Over the life of the system, ENGIE will provide routine panel washing, as well as monitoring and resolving any production issues that would ever impede the system from achieving maximum performance.

“Our ongoing relationship with Sutter Health allows ENGIE to bring best-in-class energy technology innovations that set the bar for meaningful sustainability initiatives within the healthcare sector, with Sutter leading the charge in this arena,” said ENGIE Chief Operating Officer John Rohde. “The positive environmental outcomes and savings goals met through this partnership will have a direct impact on hospital operations and patient services.”

Sutter Amador Hospital serves a population of 40,000 with 52 licensed beds, providing 24-hour emergency care, critical care, a family birth center, surgery and laboratory services in Amador, Calaveras and neighboring counties. In partnership with ENGIE, Sutter Amador Hospital is one of the first locations in the Sutter Health network to install solar through a power purchase agreement (PPA) financing structure. For more on Sutter Amador and Sutter Health, visit www.sutterhealth.org.

ENGIE Services U.S. is a national energy company that works with healthcare education, government, commercial, industrial and other organizations. It delivers integrated Energy Effective™ programs that drive sustainable results. As part of the No. 1 energy services provider in the world, ENGIE provides an extensive set of energy and sustainability management services to thousands of customers throughout the United States. Over the past 40 years, ENGIE Services U.S. has provided more than $2.7 billion in savings for its customers.

ENGIE Services U.S., a division of ENGIE, the #1 energy services provider in the world, is a national energy infrastructure and building services company that helps education, government, commercial and industrial customers become more efficient, productive and sustainable. Over the past 40 years, we have partnered with thousands of customers to generate more than $2.7 billion in savings, while also improving facility performance. For more information, please visit https://engieservices.us or contact Lani Wild, Communications Manager, at 415-735-9080.

Sutter Health is more than 60,000 people strong thanks to its integrated network of physicians, employees and volunteers. Rooted in Sutter Health’s not-for-profit mission, these team members partner to deliver exceptional care that feels personal. From physician offices to hospitals to outpatient care centers and home services, they proudly support the more than 3 million people in their care—nearly 1 percent of the U.S. population, in one of the most diverse and innovative regions in the world. Sutter team members adopt new technologies, make novel discoveries and embrace creative thinking to help patients and communities achieve their best health. From its street nurse program that provides check-ups for homeless people, to telemedicine-aided specialist consultations, to walk-in care clinics, to smart glass technology, the Sutter Health team goes beyond traditional models to make care more convenient and to nurture and empower people throughout their medical journey.
For more information about the Sutter Health network visit: sutterhealth.org | facebook.com/sutterhealth | youtube.com/sutterhealth |twitter.com/sutterhealth.

Mother Lode Exchange - Tues April 30


Open Every Wednesday and Saturday 11am-3pm

(Beautiful bunches of dried lavender from South River Lavender, a farm located in River Pines, nestled in the Shenandoah Valley. )

May 4th is International Herb Day!
Join Us!
Saturday May 4th.


@ 12pm-Gage Kerrigan, certified herbalist, will give a detailed presentation on Picking Wild and Local Salads, identifying local edible plants that grow right in your back yard.

@ 1:30pm-Dixie Lee Norkoli, certified herbalist, will be presenting an introduction to Lifestyle Medicine and the Herbal Connection, a fun way to use food and herbs as your medicine.

@ 11am-2pm-The ACRA/ACRD Community Garden, also located on the Chichizola/Cuneo property, is having a plant sale!

Join us at the Exchange May 4th to celebrate all plants.  



It's RADISH season here in Amador County, CA. Here is a recipe for yummy, crunchy radish chips. 

Roasted Salt & Pepper Radish Chips

radish chips7 (1 of 1)

(organic and local when you can)
  • 16 ounces of fresh radishes
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil (melted) or olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Thinly slice radishes or use a mandolin, place in a bowl.
Toss with oil.
Lay radishes onto two baking sheets, don't overlap.
Whisk the salt and pepper together then sprinkle over the slices.
Bake for 12-15 minutes.


Upcountry Farms with fresh produce and flowers.

Casa de la Pradera will offer homemade bread and jams.

Resonance of Light with herbal creams and salves.

Winterport Farm with pasture-raised Beef.

Butte Mountain Farm will be there with lots of fresh produce, eggs, chicken and dried goods.

Pancake Power Foods with her organic baking mixes, spices, and breads.

South River Lavender with lavender products and flowers.

Majestic Oak Farm has olive oil, duck eggs and seasonal produce.

Sierra Herbal Wellness with a host of herbal teas.

Certified Angel Card readings with Larry, intuitive sessions and metaphysical supplies.

Paloma Pollinators offering Bee Inspired Toys and vegetable seedlings.

Also featuring local artists:
Linda Cole
Mountain Girls Gold Mine
Sutter Creek Creations
Gray Horse Studios
Laura Carpender
Joan Winter


The Amador Farmer's Market starts soon! Check out the flyer below to see when the market starts in your area. 


All items are made/grown locally with love and are focused on organic and sustainable living.

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See you at the market!


Mother Lode Exchange
Community Market



We've Moved to a New Location!

Now Located at the Historic Chichizola Store,
1324 Jackson Gate Rd in Jackson.


Check out our new website!

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Public Safety Awareness Day in Sutter Creek - Sat May 4

Upcountry Kindergarten Readiness Program begins April 30

Summer 2019 Pools: Ione, Plymouth & Sutter Creek

Swim lessons, pool passes, and special needs classes available!
Ione, Plymouth, & Sutter Creek Pools
Pool season starts on June 1st in Sutter Creek and Jun 8th in Ione and Plymouth.
Dates and times vary.
 $4 per child (17 & under), $5 per adult (18-55), $4 per senior (55 & over)
For more information, please call the ACRA office at 209-223-6349, email ACRA at acra@amadorgov.org, or message our Facebook page atfacebook.com/goacra. Visit our website at GoACRA.org.

Monday, April 29, 2019

CAL FIRE: Online Burn Permits now available for Amador, El Dorado, Sacramento and Alpine Counties


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10th Annual NAMI Walk in Sacramento- Sat May 4

Let's all be a Hero for MENTAL WELLNESS!

Join us! Saturday May 4th as NAMI AMADOR will be walking in the 10th annual NAMI Walk in Sacramento's William Land Park (by the zoo).

This is our only fundraiser of the year and donations keep our programs for caregivers and those with mental challenges going. We are also able to send members to conventions and training. We offer both educational classes and support groups on a regular basis. 60% of money donated to our team stays in Amador County!

Walkers are invited to register free on-line at:

Become a part of our team BELIEVE IN AMADOR!

Donations can be made on-line or by check - made out to NAMI WALKS and mailed to 22581 Shake Ridge Road, Volcano, CA 95689

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Master Gardeners Present: Planting for Change - Sat May 18

Healthy, beautiful, productive gardens need a balance of various natural conditions in order to thrive. As many gardeners have noticed, climate change is already having an impact on our gardening efforts and plans. Higher temperatures and changing rainfall patterns are causing changes in growing seasons and insect life cycles. Even warm weather plants like tomatoes and peppers are harmed by increased temperatures. Considering the connection between successful gardening, air temperature and rainfall, a changing climate will create some new challenges for gardeners.

If you are interested in learning methods for managing the changes, join the UCCE Master Gardeners of Amador County for the Public Education class, “Planting for Change” on Saturday, May 18 from 9:00 am to Noon at the Amador County GSA Building, 12200-B Airport Road, Jackson

Master Gardeners will provide information on various ways to plant and manage your garden and landscape for the future, including how to properly remove and replace your lawn. They will also discuss some of the Amador Master Gardeners’ favorite landscape plants and techniques you can use to make your garden more sustainable over time. Handouts will be available. This class is free and open to the public. No reservations required.

Master Gardeners Present: Creative Composting - Sat May 4

Composting is Nature’s way of recycling. It is a satisfying way to turn your fruit, vegetable and green waste into a dark, crumbly, sweet-smelling soil conditioner. Composting saves money by lowering trash bills and replacing store-bought soil conditioners. It helps garden and house plants by improving the health of your soil as well as saving water by helping soil hold moisture.
Learn how you can benefit your garden and the environment by recycling valuable organic resources by attending the Public Education class, “Creative Composting” provided by the UCCE Master Gardeners of Amador County on Saturday, May 4, 2019.
Various home garden composting methods and materials will be discussed. Information about worm composting or vermiculture will also be included. Handouts will be available. This class is free and open to the public.
No reservations are required.  Classes are held in the GSA Building at 12200-B Airport Rd, Jackson from 9 a.m. until Noon.

Wine Tree Farm: Amador Four Fires Wine Club Pickup & 6th Anniversary

Hi Carol,

Let's celebrate Spring with some great wine tasting events!

First off:
May 4th, 2019 from 11am-4pm
is the 
Annual Amador 4 Fires presented by the Amador Vintners and held at the Plymouth Fairgrounds.

May 11th, 2019 from 12pm-4pm
Our Wine Club Pick up party and our 6th Anniversary at Wine Tree Farm!
Ignite your senses at the Amador Four Fires Festival on Saturday May 4th in Amador Wine Country. Immerse yourself in one of Northern California’s more unique food and wine experiences inspired by four iconic wine regions of the world. Sample more than 200 world-class wines while you enjoy engaging seminars, live music, artisan vendors and farm to fork cuisine cooked over an open flame.

For info and tickets visitwww.amadorfourfires.com.

Enter code WTA4F19 when you buy your tickets by May 1st for $5 off General Admission or VIP tickets
Tickets on sale now! 
May 11, 2019
From Noon-4pm
at Wine Tree Farm

Join us in celebrating our 6th Anniversary

Wine Club members may pick up your 2019 Spring wine club wines!

We will have a Taco Bar and all the fixings.

Free for wine club members
$15/each for non members.

RSVPs appreciated!
209-783-5049 or 
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14467 Highway 49
PO Box 73
Amador CityCA 95601