TITLE

Public and Private Sectors Boost Wind, Solar Power

AUTHOR(S)
Armistead, Thomas F.; Gonchar, Joann; Lang, J.T.
PUB. DATE
January 2006
SOURCE
ENR: Engineering News-Record;1/23/2006, Vol. 256 Issue 3, p16
SOURCE TYPE
Trade Publication
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article reports that the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) adopted the California Solar Initiative, a program that will raise $3.2 billion by 2017 for incentives for builders to install 3,000 MW of solar energy. A surcharge on investor-owned utility bills will allow customers who install photovoltaic panels to get a rebate of $2.80 per watt. CPUC plans to reduce the rebate an average of about 10% annually. The agency will set incentive levels for solar thermal electric projects and solar heating and cooling in 2006. Quayle Hodek, CEO of Boulder, Colorado-based Renewable Choice Energy, commented that the declining price differential between green energy and conventional power is one factor behind the growing interest in wind energy. In October, engineering firm David Evans and Associates Inc., of Portland, Oregon, launched itself on a phased path to 100% use of renewable-energy credits by 2009, for a total purchase of 7 million kWh annually for its 19 offices, all in western states.
ACCESSION #
19692607

 

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