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2008-07-16 09:01:11

Southern California Edison (SCE) today began installing solar panels at the first of approximately 150 Southern California commercial rooftops that eventually will make up SCE's two square mile solar generation project -- the largest solar panel installation in the world. During the next 45 days, SCE will attach 33,000 solar panels to a 600,000-square-foot commercial roof in Fontana, Calif., leased from ProLogis. When completed, this first installation will be capable of generating 2...

2008-06-30 18:02:54

By Greeley Tribune, Colo. Jun. 29--Xcel Energy offers rebates to customers who use solar systems in residential and commercial applications. Mark Stutz, Xcel spokesman, said the company has paid nearly $31.3 million in rebates and purchases of Renewable Energy Credits through its Solar Rewards Program. Those payments went to 1,525 consumers, Stutz said, adding the company has received nearly 2,300 applications. Xcel will rebate customers $2 per watt of solar panels installed on...

2008-06-30 03:02:46

By Anonymous Last week in Sacramento the California Senate Local Government Committee voted in favor of Assembly Bill 811. The legislation, which now moves to the Senate Appropriations Committee for review, would allow cities and counties in California to make low interest loans to local homeowners and business owners for the installation of solar panels and other permanent energy efficiency improvements. Participating homeowners and business owners would be allowed to repay the loans...

2007-08-31 21:06:03

Southern California Edison (SCE) supplied a record amount of electricity to its customers today, 23,303 megawatts of power delivered at 3 p.m. PDT, surpassing the previous record of 22,889 megawatts supplied on July 25, 2006. The tremendous demand for electricity is being attributed to increased air conditioner use brought on by residual heat built up over several days. One megawatt is enough power to supply about 650 homes. Even though the average daily temperatures have been higher...

2006-08-21 13:37:04

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Monday signed into law a bill that aims to make the state one of the world's biggest producers of solar energy. The bill, which cleared the state Senate last week, calls for the installation of 1 million rooftop solar panels on homes, businesses, farms, schools and public buildings by 2018. The solar systems would generate 3,000 megawatts of power and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases by 3 million tons, equivalent...

2006-01-12 15:14:53

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The California Public Utilities Commission on Thursday approved a $2.9 billion program to make California one of the world's largest producers of solar power. The "California Solar Initiative," backed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, aims to add 3,000 megawatts of solar energy over 11 years through the installation of 1 million rooftop solar energy systems on homes, businesses, farms, schools and public buildings. That amount of electricity would be equivalent...

2005-09-09 16:21:53

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's campaign to expand the use of solar power in California will likely move to the state's Public Utilities Commission after lawmakers failed to take it up late on Thursday, a commission spokeswoman said on Friday. A bill supported by Schwarzenegger aimed to put solar energy panels on the roofs of one million new homes and businesses within 10 years, raising California's solar generation from a current 100 megawatts to more than...

2005-08-31 18:37:53

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Wednesday reintroduced legislation to set up a cabinet-level Department of Energy to reorganize the state's energy agencies. The measure would revise an energy reorganization plan that was rejected in the state Senate last week. The new bill aims to clear up questions about the authority of the California Public Utilities Commission and potential conflicts of interest raised by the state Attorney General. The new...

2005-07-07 11:29:18

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A bill supported by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to sharply expand the use of solar power in California was approved late on Wednesday by a state Assembly committee. The measure aims to put photovoltaic solar panels on the rooftops of one million new homes and businesses in the next 10 years, raising California's solar generation from a current 100 megawatts to more than 3,000 megawatts, equivalent to 30 new "peaking" plants to deliver power during high-demand...

2005-07-07 11:42:30

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A bill supported by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to sharply expand the use of solar power in California was approved late on Wednesday by a state Assembly committee. The measure aims to put photovoltaic solar panels on the rooftops of one million new homes and businesses in the next 10 years, raising California's solar generation from a current 100 megawatts to more than 3,000 megawatts, equivalent to 30 new "peaking" plants to deliver power during high-demand...


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