A new report released by the Vote Solar initiative last week claimed that the advantage of California's "shared renewables" bills, SB43 and AB1014 would create demand for a further 1,500MW, add 12,700 jobs (to the already existing 43,000 jobs), raise $130 million in tax revenue and generate $4.3 billion in economic activity.
Susannah Churchill, California policy advocate for Vote Solar, said: "By connecting more Californians with the clean energy they want, shared renewable energy programmes can unleash significant new private investment in the state's growing solar economy. Add the proven environmental, public health, and energy bill saving benefits of more local clean energy, and it's clear that this is an idea whose time has come."
Assembly member Das Williams (D-Santa Barbara) said: "Solar energy is no longer the wave of the future – it is the reality now. We have an opportunity with these bills to dramatically expand our use of renewable energies, create thousands of new jobs and generate tax revenues, all in the greenest way possible."
in community service
Solar Gardens Institute http://www.solargardens.org