It’s 2012 already. And, it’s about time we bring solar to our communities
We’ve done it here in Oakland through Oakland Solar Mosaic
. By installing rooftop solar in Oakland’s flatlands at the Asian Resource Center in Chinatown, People’s Grocery in West Oakland, and St. Vincent De Paul in downtown Oakland, we’ve seen how low-income communities and communities of color have the most to gain from renewable energy.
It’s time we distribute this idea throughout California. By bringing rooftop solar to our communities, we can create jobs, clean the air, and make our neighborhoods strong and healthy.
Through Solar for All (Assembly Bill 1990, Fong), we can do that. This is what it has to offer:
- People would get paid for the extra electricity that their solar panels create. This would happen through a 375 Megawatt Feed in Tariff program for disadvantaged communities in California.
- Solar would be more affordable thanks to long-term, fixed-rate payments to small-scale renewable energy producers. These payments would help finance solar installations and cover maintenance costs.
- We would see more solar on apartments and small businesses. This bill would support at least 1000 solar projects on commercial and multi-family residential rooftops, ranging in size up to 500 kw.
- People living in the neighborhoods where solar is going up would get the jobs. This bill includes a preference for local hire.
Let’s make sure our communities have the wealth, health, and power to control our energy future. Isn’t it about time we do this?