San Francisco Launches Solar Energy Incentive Program

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed legislation to implement a 10-year solar rebate program for the city’s residents, businesses and non-profits. The proposal was originally announced by Mayor Gavin Newsom and Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting on December 11, 2007. It had eight legislative hearings over the last seven months and passed this week by a vote of 8-3.

The incentive program provides solar rebates to local residents ranging from US $3,000-$6,000. It provides up to US $10,000 for non-profits and businesses that install solar. It also provides up to US $30,000 for non-profit affordable housing to install solar systems.

“This rebate program further establishes San Francisco as America’s solar energy leader and symbolizes the commitment of the City to make affordable solar power available to those who want it,” said Mayor Newsom. “This program will ensure San Francisco’s ongoing leadership for providing the opportunity to thousands of residents to economically place solar on their rooftops. I want to thank Supervisor Bevan Dufty and Assessor Ting for their leadership on this legislation.”

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