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Published December 21, 2007 04:46 PM

California Funds Solar Water Heating Systems

Sacramento, California - A bill signed by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger would provide rebates to residents and businesses to support the installation of 200,000 solar water heating systems in the state by 2017. 

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The bill, which takes effect on January 1, 2008, requires the State’s energy commission to evaluate data from a pilot project run by the California Center for Sustainable Energy; if the commission finds that a solar water heating program would be cost-effective for residents, it will establish eligibility criteria and set up a surcharge on natural gas usage to fund the program.

Residents enrolled in savings programs for low-income natural gas customers will be exempt from the surcharge, and at least 10% of the proceeds from the surcharge will be set aside to fund installation of solar hot water systems on low-income residential projects.

This initiative joins the California Solar Initiative, passed in January 2006, which aims to install 3,000 megawatts of photovoltaic systems in the state by 2017

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