Mayor radiant over Solar Power Initiative funding increase
From the Mayor's Office of Communications
January 12, 2006
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and California Public Utilities
Commission President (CPUC) Michael Peevey joined local and state
officials and solar energy advocates at City Hall to laud the
CPUC's approval today of a multi-billion dollar increase in funding
for the California Solar Initiative.
The expanded program - the nation's largest - will provide $3.2
billion in consumer incentives for deployment of solar technologies
and strengthens San Francisco's position as a national leader
in the emerging solar marketplace.
The goal of the initiative is to move California closer to a
"Million-Solar-Roofs" goal by installing and developing
3,000 megawatts of solar energy on homes, businesses and public
buildings over the next 11 years.
"The expanded funding for solar rebates will greatly strengthen
San Francisco's position as a national leader in the emerging
solar and clean technology marketplace," said San Francisco
Mayor Gavin Newsom.
"The CPUC's decision today reaffirms California's commitment
to providing cleaner energy for communities across the state."
With more than $3 billion now available to rebate consumers for
the installation of solar technologies, the Solar Initiative is
expected to help bring down the cost of solar through economies
of scale and afford more residents and businesses the opportunity
to receive financial incentives.
Benefiting from similar rebate programs in the past, the San
Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) has so far qualified
for nearly $2 million in rebates for its municipal solar deployments
at the Moscone Center and Southeast Wastewater Treatment Plant.
"The expanded California Solar Initiative will empower state
and local governments to make investments in solar technologies
go even further," said SFPUC General Manager Susan Leal.
"With plans for our next installation at Pier 96 underway,
our municipal deployments are gaining momentum and will continue
to grow with these increased incentives from the state."
The City and County of San Francisco has been promoting the development
of solar energy on municipal buildings served by the SFPUC.
In addition to Pier 96 the SFPUC has plans for further deployments
at municipal sites, including Moscone Center West, the Northpoint
Facility, Pier 50, San Francisco General Hospital, San Francisco
Airport and public libraries, health clinics and schools.
Together, the solar installations at the Moscone Center, Southeast
Water Pollution Control Plant and Pier 96 will generate 1,500
megawatt hours per year, roughly the energy needed to power approximately
500 homes for a year.