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More Clean Energy Projects Could Be Coming to County, Pending Analysis

“We’re fortunate to live in one of the sunniest regions in the nation, but the tools needed to help pay for solar panels and related technology are out of reach for many property owners,” said Supervisor Dianne Jacob.

The County of San Diego made the following announcement on Feb. 26, 2013:

The county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday launched an analysis that could lead to more rooftop solar and other small-scale alternative energy projects across the region.

At the urging of Vice-Chairwoman Dianne Jacob and Supervisor Dave Roberts, the board unanimously voted to initiate a detailed look at financing options for homeowners and businesses interested in installing energy-saving systems.

“We’re fortunate to live in one of the sunniest regions in the nation, but the tools needed to help pay for solar panels and related technology are out of reach for many property owners,” said Jacob. “We’re hoping the analysis will help us lift the financial cloud hanging over solar, particularly for homeowners.”

“An analysis will help us to help the consumer,” said Dave Roberts. “I want to jump-start a clean industry to create jobs, offer funding options from a choice of vendors and promote competition to bring down price.”

County staff was directed to evaluate and compare public-private financing initiatives known as PACE, or Property Assessed Clean Energy programs, which are more widely available in other parts of California.

PACE allows lending companies to provide loans to property owners interested in installing alternative energy projects. The money is repaid through property tax assessments.

San Diego County started a commercial PACE program last year, but has so far held off on a residential program because of limitations imposed by federal housing authorities. But at least two other counties, Riverside and Sonoma, are moving ahead with residential initiatives. Both have proved highly popular with consumers.

San Diego County officials will analyze those initiatives and others and report back to the supervisors within four months.

Several companies have expressed strong interest in offering market-rate loans to homeowners if the county decides to start a residential PACE program.

Komfort February 26, 2013 at 11:23 PM
More peaker plants then.
Things I Learned February 27, 2013 at 12:58 AM
Prepare to be tooled.
Komfort February 27, 2013 at 03:59 AM
The Solar Shade Control Act grants certain protections to owners of solar collectors. Solar collectors that are blocked by the shade of a neighbor's tree or shrub may be protected under the Shade Act. The solar owner must be able to answer "Yes" to the following questions: Does the neighboring tree or shrub shade more than 10% of the solar collector between 10 am and 2 pm local standard time? Was the tree or shrub in question planted, or did the tree or shrub in question grow to shade the solar collector, after the solar collector's installation? Did the tree or shrub in question begin to cast a shadow on the solar collector one year after the solar collector's installation? Was the tree or shrub in question planted after January 1, 1979? Was the solar collector installed pursuant to the Section 25982 setback requirements? Does the solar collector meet the statutory definition of a "solar collector" provided in Section 25981? There may be no violation of the Shade Act on the part of the tree or shrub owner if any of the following questions can be answered "No": Does the tree or shrub shade more than 10% of the solar collector between 10 am and 2pm local standard time? Do you own or lease the property on which the tree or shrub is located? Was the tree or shrub in question was planted after January 1, 1979?
Things I Learned February 27, 2013 at 02:40 PM
Don't plant a tree for your tomorrow It's your tree that blocks my sun Don't plant a tree in Obamerica Don't plant a tree today soon all the world has none Tame the breeze, we'll subsidize you Make a promise to the Earth Don't plant a tree, now is the time to Milk the tools for all that they are worth Don't plant a tree for then tomorrow We'll change our minds and cry unfair! Don't plant a tree in Obamerica Time for you one percent to do your share No more shady place to rest in No more place for birds to sing Fell a forest for the future With the breath of life to Dear Leader you will sing Don't plant a tree for your tomorrow Though that command we used to blare The drones will find you in Obamerica Cuz it's always Year Zero for the rouge Khmer
Mike Walker March 02, 2013 at 10:58 PM
the solar sales people sell what is fast, easy and convenient and systems with minimum maintenance. The smart thing to do when this program is in place is purchas e system with a battery backup option. Why? Because a very, very big utility bill is coming due. What for? The upgrades for the so called "smart grid" which will be just as vulnerable to blackouts as it is today and to pay for the tens of $billions of dollars for the energy sprawl on our public lands going on right now. If you have the inverter with the battery back up option (which can act as a peaker plant), you can drop off the grid and be spared the rate payer gouging. be smart prepare to go off-grid.

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