Supervisor McGoldrick introduces resolution
to encourage solar technology manufacturing
in San Francisco
Mayor Gavin Newsom greets a future generation of San Franciscans
during World Environment Day week who could be the beneficiaries
of clean solar energy production.
By Judith Ghougassian
June 29, 2006
Supervisor Jake McGoldrick introduced legislation at Tuesday's
Board of Supervisors meeting aimed at encouraging a leading solar
energy company in Palo Alto to choose San Francisco as one its
manufacturing facility locations.
Inc., known for developing a new generation of solar electricity
cells, recently announced it plans to build the world's largest
manufacturing site in the Bay Area.
The global solar industry has increased 55 percent from one year
ago, and it is predicted clean technology will be the number one
growth industry in the 21st century.
Nanosolar's impact on the industry will nearly triple the nation's
solar manufacturing output producing a total of approximately
200 million solar electricity cells per year.
McGoldrick said Nanosolar's new manufacturing facility will create
as many as 200 manufacturing related jobs.
The resolution states:
- In November 2001, San Francisco voters approved $100 million
dollars in revenue bonds to pay for solar panels and other energy
efficiency measures for public buildings.
- San Francisco is redeveloping two former military bases
- Treasure Island and the Hunter's Point Shipyard - and has plans
to make extensive use of solar panels in both projects.
- San Francisco has a demonstrated a commitment to supporting
the alternative energy industry and wants to establish a long-term
partnerships with Nanosolar.
- San Francisco is moving forward with implementing Community
Choice Aggregation allowing the aggregation electric loads of
residents, businesses and municipal facilities, to promote the
purchase and sale of renewable electrical energy.
The city's leadership reputation led the United Nations to select
San Francisco as the host city for World
Environment Day 2005.
The Board of Supervisors strongly encourages Nanosolar to choose
San Francisco for the location of its manufacturing facility.