Million Solar Roofs Plan

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My Flex Your Power newsletter informed me about the legislation Governor Schwarzenegger signed on August 21:

…Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed SB1, legislation authored by state Senator Kevin Murray (D-Culver City) that aims to generate 3,000 megawatts of solar energy and place photovoltaic (PV) panels on one million California homes and businesses over the next decade. The bill broadens the $3.2 billion Million Solar Roofs plan proposed by Gov. Schwarzenegger last year and currently being promulgated by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) as the California Solar Initiative (CSI). SB1 expands the CSI — and directs $800 million of the plan’s $3.2 billion — to customers of municipal utilities such as the Sacramento Municipal Utility District and Los Angeles Department of Water Power; increases the number of customers who can sell excess solar energy back to power companies for credit on monthly bills by raising the net metering cap from 0.5% to 2.5% of a utility’s total load; and, beginning January 1, 2011, requires developers of more than 50 new single-family homes to offer PV systems to all homebuyer.

The press release on the Gov’s website uote Arnold as saying: “When I ran for governor, I vowed to make the environment the centerpiece of my administration and turn back the clock on pollution,” said Gov. Schwarzenegger.”

What do you think of the Governor’s “Million Solar Roofs Plan” and how do you think it will factor in come election time?

Image: Governor Schwarzenegger with Senator Kevin Murray and Bernadette Del Chiaro, Clean Energy Advocate for Environment California

2 Replies to “Million Solar Roofs Plan”

  1. It all seems very well choreographed, this move in particular. I hate to say it but I think the election is Arnold’s to lose and right now his campaign is smooth and savvy. I still cringe with embarassment at how Schwarzenegger wound up usurping the office and give him little legitimacy — and even less credibility after that fiasco of a special election he so obtinately foisted upon the state. But I just haven’t been getting a good vibe from the Angelides camp since his primary victory over Steve Westly and I think he’s being way too tentative in the wake of how negative he had to campaign to get to this stage. We’re not yet in the homestretch and the big guns have yet to be fired, but I just get a feeling that Arnold’s hitting his stride and Phil’s having trouble figuring out how to break it.

  2. Them two guys in the pictures are making weird faces.

    Senator Murray: Yess… yes baby yesss… you know I’m flexing my power right now.

    Governator: Owww this new jaw is hurting my wonderful face. Dana Nooo!

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