Bill to allow San Francisco to expand solar projects
Bay City News Service
September 30, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - An assembly bill approved by Gov.
Schwarzenegger on Friday will allow San Francisco to expand solar
energy projects and move the city toward greater energy independence,
according to Assemblyman Mark Leno's office.
AB 2573, introduced by Leno, will let the city use $100 million
in renewable energy revenue bonds to build larger and more cost-effective
solar facilities in areas such as reservoirs, rooftops and open
spaces, Leno's office reported.
The bill allows San Francisco to be compensated by Pacific Gas
and Electric Co. for the solar power the city generates in remote
sites that consume little or no power, whereas previously surplus
solar power had to be given to PG&E in these areas, according
to Leno's office.
"By building large scale sources of renewable energy to
power our schools, fire houses, and public transit, we protect
the environment and decrease our dependence on other sources of
energy,'' Leno said.
The bill will go into effect Jan. 1.
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