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  1. H. E. Taylor

    H. E. Taylor Guest

    2005/09/09: REA: Million Solar Roofs Bill Dies in California Assembly

    2005/09/09: REA: CA Assembly Rejects Million Solar Roofs Bill

    2005/09/10: REA: Interview: Jan McFarland of PVMA and ASPV -
    On California's Next Steps for Solar

    2005/09/10: ClimateArk: California Solar Bill Fails
    The nation’s biggest solar initiative dies after politicians disagree over
    whether to pay electricians installing panels union wages.

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    I wonder why.

  3. Guest

    Pehaps you mean kilowatt-hours of energy, an accumulation of power.

  4. Al

    Al Guest

    SB-1 isn't dead! It is in limbo. There is an opportunity to bring it back
    in Jan., 06 (it will then become a "two year" bill. This happens very

    Also SDG&E in San Diego is talking about a 900MW Stirling plant in the
    Imperial Valley desert.

  5. Al

    Al Guest

    That is BS!

    What about the utility industry that cut the net-metering in this Bill?
    What about the CA Chamber of Commerce that was opposed from the very
    beginning and had ALL the Repubs wanting to vote against SB-1 until the Gov.
    leaned on them (so they tried to insert a POISON PILL). This Bill was seen
    as a TAX by the GOP and the Chamber.

    If you want to blame the IBEW, where's your blame for the handful of C-46
    contractors in CA that refused to budge?

    For everyone's information: CA's C-46 license was established to install
    solar warm water systems NOT high voltage power systems. In fact, in CA
    right now there are only about 80 or so C-46 contractors that couldn't give
    an inch to see this Bill pass. For comparison that is 80
    installers(contractors) that wanted a competitive advantage over 25,000
    installers(contractors) in the marketplace. C-46 contractors don't have any
    minimum standard for their workforce skill, C-10 contractors are required to
    use workers that are in training or have been trained.

    Get your facts together! If you want to place blame, place it on everyone

  6. Al

    Al Guest

    Here is an editorial written by the San Diego Regional Apollo Alliance after
    the stall of SB-1.



    The San Diego Regional Apollo Alliance is a broad coalition of
    environmental, labor and community organizations. The Alliance was formed
    in 2004 and has been working diligently toward the goal of creating a safe
    and healthy energy future while creating good jobs for our region. Member
    organizations of the San Diego Regional Apollo Alliance include groups such
    as the Environmental Health Coalition, the San Diego and Imperial Counties
    Labor Council, SouthBay Greens, and the Coalition for Sustainability.
    Together, we are working to implement strategies to poise our region as a
    leader in achieving energy independence.

    One needs only to pull up to a gas pump to be reminded that measures must be
    taken to end our region's dependence on fossil fuels. San Diegans were the
    first to be hit hard in their pocketbooks during the "energy crisis" when
    law makers voted to deregulate the electricity market, and filling one's gas
    tank today is a powerful economic reminder that our region's reliance on
    fossil fuels does not present a sustainable future for San Diego's energy

    Last week the State Legislature ended its session without passing the
    "Million Solar Roofs Bill", SB1. The Million Solar Roofs Bill, which can be
    brought back for consideration in the January law-making session, aims to
    install one million solar systems-enough to provide 3,000 megawatts of solar
    power for the state in the next ten years. A million solar roofs will allow
    California and San Diego to take another step toward energy independence.

    The San Diego Regional Apollo Alliance believes that the Million Solar Roofs
    Bill and all such commitments to strong and comprehensive policies that lead
    to the goal of creating energy security for our region are important and
    necessary. We also believe that we must take the opportunities presented by
    such measures to create a viable and sustainable marketplace for those
    technologies while protecting our environment and creating good jobs and
    training opportunities for our families and future generations.

    Recent articles in the UT (Sun Sets Over Bid for Solar Program, September 9,
    2005) and other publications have pointed to a debate stirring in Sacramento
    around the future of the solar industry. That debate is about who should be
    employed to do solar installations. Requiring certified electricians to
    install rooftop solar systems isn't a subject for debate it is just common
    sense. If you go to get your haircut or your nails trimmed, your
    hairdresser and your manicurist must be licensed. Certified electricians
    are tested on the electrical code, are well-trained on the latest
    technological advances, and know the best ways to make sure that solar
    installations are high quality and will benefit the consumers who invest in
    them. Today's grid-connected solar systems have hundreds of volts of AC and
    DC current circulating within them and in the grid that feeds homes, schools
    and businesses. We all understand that poor electrical work done by
    untrained workers can have terrible consequences. In addition to
    electrocution, bad work can result in property damage and create warranty

    Labor unions, and especially the International Brotherhood of Electrical
    Workers (IBEW) Local 569 that represents and trains electricians in San
    Diego and Imperial Counties, worked hard for the passage of the Million
    Solar Roofs Bill. In fact, the IBEW and its employers have the largest
    solar training program in the country and have been providing training for
    solar installations for eight years. In the last two years, IBEW
    electricians have completed more than 1200 solar installations in San Diego.
    The IBEW is committed to expanding, not shrinking the solar energy market.

    Despite this commitment to solar energy, electricians have become the target
    of a full-fledged media blame campaign. Less than 100 contractors (C-46)
    have worked through this Bill to give themselves a competitive advantage
    against more than 25,000 existing C-10 electrical contractors. There is no
    "bottom" for employees of the C-46 contractors while all C-10 contractors
    must have qualified, certified workers. If that doesn't represent 'special
    interest' what does? Furthermore, while the IBEW was working with
    legislators to get the Solar Roofs bill passed, utilities amended the bill
    to cut the proposed net metering cap in half. Net metering allows rate
    payers to feed unused generated electricity back into the grid. Where was
    the outrage from the press and the Governor's staff when that amendment

    Some of the Governor's biggest backers, like the California Chamber of
    Commerce, did not like SB1 and the Governor is feeling a lot of pressure.
    Now, just like he broke his promises to teachers and students to payback the
    money he borrowed from their budget, the Governor is looking for a way
    around supporting a bill that he once championed. In doing so, the
    electrical workers, those who depend on new energy technologies to earn a
    living, are the Governor's scapegoats- being used to appease his corporate
    allies. The Governor has expressed his intent to use administrative roads to
    establish a consumer rebate program. However, such a move means that home
    builders will not be required to incorporate solar panels into new home
    construction. The San Diego Regional Alliance asks the Governor, why?

    In conclusion, in a country where we have only 3% of the world's oil
    reserves but account for more than 25% of global demand such political
    back-peddling begs the question: What are we going to do now? When the
    dust of the recent Legislative session settles such statistics should
    elevate us past partisan politicking to a much more inclusive debate about
    how the people of our region will deal with the decline of fossil fuels and
    the hemorrhaging of middle-class jobs to low-cost countries.

    The San Diego Regional Apollo Alliance is dedicated to making
    our region energy independent. The security and health of our residents
    depends on just such a plan.

    For more information about the San Diego Regional Apollo Alliance and to
    find out how you can get involved please visit our website at,
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