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Solar Facts

This new kids' page will be coming soon. In the meantime, read below about the exciting things happening with solar energy in California.

Also, please read Chapter 15 in "The Energy Story" that will tell you all about solar energy.

California Sets Goal to Develop 3,000 Megawatts of Solar Power!

At the direction of Governor Schwarzenegger, the California Solar Initiative was approved by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) on January 12, 2006. The initiative creates a $2.8 billion ten-year program to put solar on a million roofs in the state.

This program changes the way the state's renewable energy incentives and rebates will be managed. The CPUC will oversee a program to provide incentives for existing residential customers and for all non-residential customers.

The California Energy Commission will manage a 10-year, $350 million program to encourage solar in new home construction, known as the New Solar Homes Partnership (NSHP).

The Energy Commission will work with builders and developers to incorporate high levels of energy efficiency and high-performing solar systems to help create a self-sustaining solar market where home buyers demand energy efficient, solar homes. The NSHP will specifically target single family, low-income, and multi-family housing markets.

During 2006, Californians interested in taking advantage of rebates on solar systems should contact the following:

  • For residential and small business customers planning to install solar systems under 30 kilowatts, visit the Energy Commission's Emerging Renewables Program website.

  • For systems 30 kilowatts or larger, visit the CPUC's website or contact your local electric or gas utility. In San Diego, customers should contact the San Diego Regional Energy Office.

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