Solary Energy Momentum in California
SAN FRANCISCO - Hoping to make California a world leader in solar power, state energy regulators Thursday approved some $3 billion in customer rebates over the next decade to encourage people to install solar panels on their roofs.
The goal of the project is to get Californians to install equipment capable of producing 3,000 megawatts of solar electricity on 1 million homes, businesses and public buildings over the next 10 years.
The state Public Utility Commission voted 3-1 to provide $2.9 billion in rebates for solar panels between 2007 and 2016. Last month, the five-member PUC approved $300 million in rebates for 2006.
Solar advocates said the $3.2 billion program would make solar energy more affordable, create jobs, reduce air pollution and cut emissions of heat-trapping gases blamed for global warming. (Full Article)
It's time's like these that I'm proud to be a Californian. So I know I just moved here a little over year ago, but I claim this beautiful state as my own. In order to mitigate our coming energy crisis, all levels of the government and local communities need to start investing in renewable energy and that includes solar energy. There's two basic ways to decrease our energy consumption. Penalties and incentives. There needs to be incentives for people to decrease their consumption and $ 3 billion over the next 10 years in California is a step in the direction...definitely not enough as a standalone move, but the ground work is definitely being laid down for other states to follow and othe incentives to be implemented.