CA’s solar leadership today and tomorrow

California has long been the US leader for solar power. But will things stay that way? At Solar Power International, Cecilia Aguillon, Kyocera Solar, tells senior technical editor Debra Vogler, “yes.” Here’s why.

October 18, 2011 — California has long been the US leader for solar power. But will things stay that way? Cecilia Aguillon, Kyocera Solar, tells senior technical editor Debra Vogler, “yes.” They speak at Solar Power International 2011, this week in Dallas, TX.

California will remain on top of the US solar agenda for the foreseeable future, says Aguillon.
California Governor Jerry Brown wants to see 12GW of CA-based solar power, both through rooftop solar and utility-scale installations.

The Solar Initiative is “the most sucessful program in North America” at reducing rebate reliance among solar installations. Other government programs, like feed-in tariffs (FITs) are slated for the state. Customer-side (meter-side) and wholesale participation are both key to success.

Public buildings, Army and Navy bases, and other government locations are also attractive spots for solar installations.

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