Friday, December 16, 2005

California Solar Initiative: The Way of the Future

Union workers prevented California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and state legislators from passing the California Solar Initiative by demanding exorbitantly high wages for solar panel installers. Luckily, Schwarzenegger was able to by-pass the greed-mongers by handing the ball to the California Public Utilities Commission.
State energy regulators announced Tuesday, a plan to offer $3 billion in consumer rebates over the next 11 years. They plan to produce 3,000 megawatts of energy using solar panels on rooftops of 1 million homes and businesses.
If it works, which is only a matter of politics not science, the state could become one of the top three renewable energy markets in the world, along with Germany and Japan.
NorCal Solar (Northern California Solar Energy Association) has been promoting the use of California's abundant sunshine for energy production since 1976. The state once had an aggressive stance on the use of solar power, but has long since abandoned earlier goals in response to budgetary constraints.
Obviously, the fiscally conservative Schwarzenegger believes solar is not only good for the environment, but good for everyone's wallet too. The plan also puts the world's fifth largest economy back on the world stage.

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