'Million solar roofs' program gets off to a bright start

California's solar initiative, better known as the million solar roofs program, has had "a very healthy start," according to Polly Shaw, the solar initiative analyst for the state's Public Utilities Commission. At San Jose's SunPower, vice president Julie Blunden calls the early results "impressive," especially since much of 2007 has been spent establishing new regulations, procedures and forms. This year through mid-September, the PUC says, applications for solar incentives for projects that will represent 160 megawatts of power have been received.

That compares with 198 megawatts of solar power installed state-wide over the previous 25 years. In all, the program has 5,109 applications this year - with more than 1,200 in August alone. That'll mean $320 million in rebates to homeowners and business owners. Of those, residences account for 89% of the applications. However, the remaining 11% from businesses, governments and non-profits represent 87% of the total megawatts. The goal is to have 3,000 megawatts of solar power, or about 1 million new solar roofs, in operation by 2017.

News source: Mercury News

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I thought I heard about something similar, only with a sort of "wind catcher" which supposedly created more electricity than solar power. Possibly in Europe? Brain is fuzzy at 4AM...

Just build some more nuclear plants!

I'm pro-environment, but those who are afraid of nuke plants don't know how safe nuclear energy today really is. There are dozens of reactors throughout the world now and there have been only a handful of accidents. Reactor designs like Chernobyl are obsolete, modern reactors don't explode or send radioactivity into the atmosphere if they melt down.


As long as they're based on nuclear fission they are a dead end because of their waste products and the difficulty of getting rid of them and their very limited life span. It is irrelevant if they can be safely run as long as these problems still exist.

BTW, Chernobyl wasn't a nuclear explosion. It was the same as if a "Dirty Bomb" had gone off.

What do you mean? Does solar power produce enough for the whole state? No.

Generally a solar panel, even in the UK can produce enough power for the majority of your house's needs (with some form of storage). I'd imagine some people profit from their panels in California where they can sell it back to the grid...

In the UK, the maximum grant you can get is £2,500 (~$5000) which isn't very much (and the number of grants available is incredibly limited).

Ok thanks. What I meant was that if the solar panels produced enough to power your own house, so you didn't need to purchase electricity from elsewhere. Which you answered :-)

Every single place on earth needs to adopt this idea then, it is so obvious, simple, and innovative.

The solar roofs would be better in California's bordering states like Nevada or Arizona. It's only in the South/Central California that there's abundant sunshine.