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California passes 1 GW rooftop solar milestone

The Environment California Research & Policy Center has released a new report showing that California has installed more than 1 GW of rooftop solar power.

The report says that California is now firmly on course to meet its goal of installing 3 GW of solar capacity by 2016.

The 3 GW target is part of a 2006 law called the Million Solar Roofs Bill which established a statewide interagency effort, which includes programmes that fund solar projects on homes, commercial businesses, farms and government buildings.

More than 100,000 rooftop photovoltaic systems have been installed since the programme began, accounting for around 800 MW of solar photovoltaic power

‘California can become the Saudi Arabia of the sun if it continues to get behind big, successful solar programmes,’ says Michelle Kinman, Clean Energy Advocate with Environment California Research & Policy Center and co-author of the report Building a Brighter Future: California’s Progress Toward a Million Solar Roofs.

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