Wednesday, June 11, 2008

SF Passes Largest City Solar Program in U.S.


Written by Craig Rubens

After six months of hard fought politicking, the San Francisco board of supervisors has finally approved the Solar Energy Incentive Program, the country’s largest municipal solar program. The program has been greenlighted for ten years and has an annual budget of $3 million dollars. The money will be doled out as rebates in the form of tax incentives for private solar installations. Now the ordinance just needs approval from Mayor Newsom, who has been pushing for this program; it’s expected the solar energy incentive program will be operational in the coming weeks.

The program is designed to reduce the cost of solar for city residents and leverage private dollars to get more solar on San Franciscan roofs. Local solar installers, including Sun Run, Akeena Solar and Solar City all made appearances throughout the lengthy 6-month proceedings to voice their approval of the program explaining it would provide jobs and clean power for the foggy city. Now the installers can start including these large new rebates, which can cut the cost of going solar by 20 percent, in their promotional materials and cost estimates.

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