CALSEIA Executive Director Welcomes California Solar

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I am pleased to welcome CaliforniaSolar.

CaliforniaSolar is unique in its combination of news reports with quantitative data and in-depth reports and studies of use to researchers and analysts.  I appreciate the efforts of CALSEIA member company Stanford Transportation Group for backing this effort.

One of the benefits of this site is its ability to lend an important new voice in calling for smart, consistent energy policy in California and to put a spotlight on inconsistent behavior. In April, for example, Governor Brown issued an executive order setting the goal of reducing the state’s greenhouse gas emissions to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030.  Yet within a few months of that announcement, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will decide on a utility industry request to flatten California’s electricity pricing tiers and add a fixed charge, thus reducing the incentives for homeowners to conserve energy or invest in alternative energy resources like solar.  Similarly, before the end of this year, the CPUC will consider new rules for net metering (what customers are credited for their solar contribution). A decision that, if breaks in the direction of the utilities, could harm the state’s solar market.

Beyond its environmental benefits, the solar industry in California is a significant job creator.  The most recent studies show that there are 54,000 solar-related workers in the state, more than utility workers. But inconsistent policy making at the state and federal levels (think loss of ITC) could jeopardize this economic growth.

In this dynamic environment, I welcome CaliforniaSolar as a site to help track and disseminate information on developments unique to our state.  If measured as a separate country, California would be the 5th largest solar producing region in the world.  It is imperative that we keep growing and leading the country, and world, on transitioning to a clean energy future.  Keeping ourselves informed and connected is critical to this goal. Thank you and welcome CaliforniaSolar.

Bernadette Del  Chiaro

Executive Director

California Solar Energy Industries Association (CALSEIA)

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