Sacramento, CA — The Senate today passed Governor Schwarzenegger´s plan for a new round of incentives to encourage use of solar-generated electricity, despite arguments that years of government support has yet to make the industry self-sufficient.
Sunny California has a wealth of solar energy just when it needs it most on stifling summer afternoons of the sort that led to rolling blackouts and spiking electricity costs during the state´s power crisis in 2000 and 2001.
Proponents say the proposed 10 years of incentives that would be provided by electricity ratepayers would jump-start a promising technology.
Schwarzenegger´s goal is to produce three-thousand megawatts worth of solar power by 2018. That´s the equivalent of six large fossil fuel-fired plants.