Governor's Solar Plan Expecting Push

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, December 13, 2004
The Schwarzenegger Administration has outlined its broad plan to outfit homes and commercial buildings with solar energy technology. Deputy Energy Secretary Joe Desmond with the state Resources agency says the goal is to include both new construction and existing buildings in upcoming legislation. Cut: JoeD1 (:08) “The government push behind this initiative is going to help drive manufacturing costs. It’s going to drive creativity and the types of products that incorporate this technology.” Bernadette Del Chiaro (kee-AHR-oh) with Environment California has high hopes for the new effort even though similar legislation died last year. She says she wants to see more from builders. Cut: Bern2 (:09) “so we think they should actually put clear signals out to the building industry in the form of standards for them to actually start to build solar into new construction.” State officials will continue to take comments on the subject for a few more days before a final plan is presented to the Governor for his review and decision. SOC