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All Hands on Deck!
EcoMotion Network News delves into all sorts of energy and environmental issues, showing what responsible individuals and companies are doing to make Earth a better home for all. This column presents my sense of “eco-logic.” It’s intended to put things in perspective, or at least to ask the question, “Hey, what’s up with that?”
Big environmental issues are demanding attention again, from alarming levels of global warming to the projected peak of global oil production, natural gas supplies and prices are once again precarious, and nuclear appears poised for a rebound. Population climbs fastest in developing countries, and China -- the sleeping giant -- has now clearly awakened and is placing huge demands on natural resources. Global tensions are rising while solutions abound.
In my view, never before has there been such a pivotal point in time for the environmental movement -- and it lacks a voice. Perhaps we thought we’d won the battle years ago. Not true. Instead, it’s “all hands on deck” once again. There are storms brewing. We need to work collectively – shoulder to shoulder like sailors on a ship in high seas – stewarding precious natural resources and the environment. How can we shrink our ecological footprints? What’s your role in the state of the world? Let’s dig in together.
The $3.2 Billion California Solar Initiative
The California Solar Initiative was created by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in early 2006 and will provide $3.2 billion in incentives for customer-sited photovoltaic (PV) and solar energy systems over 11 years.
This is the most ambitious publicly-funded solar PV deployment program in the country with the goal of increasing the amount of rooftop solar units by 3,000 MW by 2017.
This is the largest, but isn’t the first commitment by California to solar energy. Beginning in 1996, the California Energy Commission provided $371 million to help deploy over 13,000 PV systems, delivering over 50 MW of capacity. In 2001, the CPUC established the Self-Generation Incentive Program, a rebate program targeting larger commercial installations which has provided incentives of $421 million and resulted in more than 40 MW of capacity.