California to Launch Major Initiatives for Solar PV

California’s newly formed Consumer Power & Conservation Financing Authority will release a Request for Proposal to obtain large quantities of electricity from solar photovoltaic panels.

SACRAMENTO, California, US, 2001-09-17 [SolarAccess.com] The CPCFA will issue the document at its meeting Friday, and directors intend to award at least two contracts for 10 megawatts per year for a four-year period. Delivery of the solar equipment would start within a year. The contracts would go to low bid manufacturers that agree to manufacture PV cells and modules in the state. Manufacturers would also be required to manufacture an additional 10 MW minimum of PV cells or modules that would be available to the general public at the same price offered to the State, according to documents. The meeting will also discuss proposed projects for geothermal, decentralized PV, centralized PV, centralized solar thermal, fuel cells, micro-turbines and conservation. The CPCFA was created by the California Senate to ensure long-term availability of reliable supply of electricity and natural gas, promote environmentally friendly supply and demand solutions, and achieve adequate capacity reserves by 2006. It can issue up to US$5 billion in bonds, and the five-person Board is chaired by David Freeman, an advocate of renewable energy who left his position as head of LADWP to run the new group. “It must play a leading role in the development of renewable energy sources, finance energy-saving conservation efforts, and build energy generation facilities that will produce a strategic reserve to protect Californians against private market price gouging,” says State Treasurer Philip Angelides, who is also a Board member. At its first meeting on August 24, the Board scheduled presentations for Friday to examine options for long-term energy goals and to assess California’s projected energy supply and demand, with close attention to renewables. “This Board will work hard to meet the Governor’s challenge to meet 17 percent of its energy supply with renewable energy,” says director Donald Vial. “California had a record year of conserving energy and becoming more energy efficient. In addition to making that effort permanent, we want to make sure that the energy sources we tap such as wind, solar biomass and geothermal, become greater tools in our energy arsenal.”

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