California Agency Allocates $2.9 Billion To Solar Energy

The state Public Utilities Commission creates the California Solar Initiative, but does it have enough power to popularize the alternative energy course?
February 3, 2006, 7am PST | David Gest
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"On January 12, the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) did something the California Legislature, mired in last fall’s special-election politicking, could not: In a 3-1 vote, the commissioners instigated a far-reaching, capital-intensive plan to make California the country's leader in renewable energy."

"The California Solar Initiative, a near-copy of what was once Schwarzenegger's grandly touted 'Million Solar Roofs' bill, or SB1, adds $2.9 billion to the $300 million already allocated for the installation of photovoltaic panels on California rooftops; its goal is to raise the state’s solar-generation capacity to 3,000 megawatts by 2017."

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Published on Wednesday, January 18, 2006 in LA Weekly
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