Morphogenesis - Priestessing on the edge of chaos: Solar Roofs for California
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 Solar Roofs for California
picture 7 Jan 2006 @ 02:30, by Letecia Layson

We have just a few days left to make sure the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) gives 2006 the sunniest start this country has ever seen.

Next week, on January 12, the CPUC will vote on a landmark proposal to build a million solar homes, businesses, farms, churches, schools, and other buildings over the next 10 years.

Please ask the members of the CPUC to unanimously approve the proposed California Solar Initiative. Then ask your family and friends to help out by forwarding this e-mail to them. We can't miss this opportunity to make California a world solar energy leader!

To take action, click on this link or paste it into your web browser:

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BACKGROUND

For the past three years, Environment California and our allies have been working tirelessly to make California the world's solar power leader. Our vision has been to build half of all new homes with solar panels, add 3,000 MW of solar power -- the equivalent of six giant power plants -- on a million homes, businesses and other available rooftops and make solar power affordable and mainstream in 10 years.

Through our landmark campaign, we have won the support of California's high-ranking decision makers and opinion leaders including Gov. Schwarzenegger; the California State Senate; mayors and city council members from more than a dozen California cities; union and business leaders; and papers such as the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle and the Sacramento Bee.

Now, we are on the brink of winning the unanimous support of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) -- the state agency with the authority to adopt the heart and soul of our Million Solar Roofs bill (SB 1) that ran aground in the state Assembly last fall.

On January 12, the four eligible voting members of the CPUC Board of Commissioners are expected to vote on the California Solar Initiative, proposed by Commission President Michael Peevey in mid-December.

Specifically, the California Solar Initiative will:

1. Provide $3.2 billion in consumer rebates to a million solar homeowners and businesses over 10 years. This pot of money, unparalleled in size and scope anywhere in the country, is the key financial driver in building a million solar roofs in 10 years;

2. Provide special funds to install solar on low-income and affordable housing while protecting low-income ratepayers from increased energy costs;

3. Couple new solar installations with additional energy efficiency gains to make California even cleaner;

4. Build the equivalent of six giant power plants on rooftops throughout the state -- saving ratepayers more than $10 billion dollars that would otherwise be spent on dirty, imported fossil fuels.

If adopted by the CPUC Board of Commissioners next week, the California Solar Initiative will become the nation's biggest solar power policy, creating a new milestone in California's proud history in advancing California's proud tradition of leading with forward-thinking environmental policy.

And, what's also exciting is that we've won the support of even more allies for this policy initiative, including the California Apollo Alliance made up of leading labor unions.

Unfortunately, it remains unclear just how supportive or opposed California's energy industry, including the state's three largest electric utilities, will be to the proposed initiative. If their track record in the state Legislature is any indication, they are not entities we would consider true allies to solar power -- at least not yet.

But California voters and ratepayers can help change this by making sure the CPUC unanimously adopts the California Solar Initiative next week.

Then, after this monumental accomplishment is set in stone, we can return to the state Legislature in the weeks and months ahead to put the finishing touches on the Million Solar Roofs program including making solar power a standard option on all new homes built in California and allowing a million new solar customers to receive a credit on their electric bill for excess power generated.

But right now, let's kick off 2006 with the sunniest clean energy program this country has ever seen. Please take a minute right now to urge the members of the California Public Utilities Commission to unanimously adopt the proposed California Solar Initiative. Then ask your family and friends to help by forwarding this e-mail to them.

To take action, click on this link or paste it into your web browser:

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Sincerely,

Dan Jacobson
Environment California Legislative Director
DanJ@environmentcalifornia.org


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