California renews popular solar program

Sunday, September 25, 2011 @ 05:09 PM
posted by rene5432

Jerry Brown, the governor of California, has signed into law three bills to help increase investment in renewable electricity, according to CleanEnergyAuthority.com.

Likely the most important of the three bills involve the massively successful California Solar Initiative, which offers rebates for the installation of solar power systems. The program began in 2007 and has led to the installation of nearly 200 megawatts of solar capacity.

However, CSI has been regularly hampered by a lack of funding, drawing far more applications than it could fulfill. The new bill authorizes an additional $200 million in rebates through the program, acording to The Business Journal.

Brown signed the bill at the Marshall Elementary School in Fowler, which will now soon boast part of a major solar power system that the school district hopes could lower its electric bills by as much as 98 percent.

"Their electricity costs are the highest non-personnel costs in their entire budget," Rick Brown, president of TerraVerder Renewable Partners, said in a statement. "So to be able to find a way to control and reduce that cost is a significant benefit to the kids because that moeny is then going into the classroom."

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