California Reaches 1 Gigawatt of Installed Rooftop Solar Power

Date: 15 November 2011

Date: 14 November 2011

California homeowners and business owners have a reason to be proud. This week, it was announced that Californians have installed enough solar panels on their rooftops to generate more than 1 gigawatt of electricity – 1.005 gigawatts, to be precise, according to data released by the state.

Only five countries in the world—Germany, Italy, Spain, Japan and the Czech Republic—generate more solar power from rooftop photovoltaic (PV) systems than California.

Landmark Success for California’s Push for Solar

One gigawatt is an important milestone for the Golden State, proving that the state is making significant progress towards its 3-gigawatt goal. That goal was established in 2006, when California’s legislature enacted the Million Solar Roofs Initiative, which calls for 3 gigawatts of solar-generated electricity by the end of 2016.

The Initiative has been most effective working with public utilities to provide solar rebates for homeowners and business owners who install residential solar systems. The rebate program operates on a ten-step methodology, offering per-watt rebates that are reduced as participation in the program increases.

Currently, Pacific Gas and Electric is in the ninth step of the program, offering $.25 per watt. Southern California Edison is in the seventh step, offering $.65 per watt.

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