Yesterday I spent 90 minutes talking solar with the folks at Pasadena Water & Power. It was a great conversation and it really re-confirmed my belief that these folks are true solar proponents who - while understaffed, overworked and underpaid - are working hard every day to make solar in Pasadena a reality.
Here are some highlights from our conversation:
- Regarding the July 1 decline in solar rebates – the decline is in response to not just built systems, but committed rebate allocations. A big chunk of that is destined for Cal Tech which will be installing more than 1 MW of solar in 2010. (In many respects it is only right that Cal Tech should get the biggest share of the rebate funds since they are the biggest electric customer in PWP’s service territory.) All the more reason for the rest of you folks to get on board now before the rebates go down!
- AB 920 – the folks at PWP emphasized their desire to have solar customers participate in the AB 920 rate-setting hearing process. They anticipate contacting solar customers before the hearings occur so that customers can have their voices heard. Of course, we will be blogging more on the AB 920 process as the hearing(s) approach.
- Support for the LA Grand Solar Tour – although the details are yet to be worked out, PWP expressed interest in assisting with, and perhaps even co-sponsoring the LA Grand Solar Tour - the signature event for LARES (the Los Angeles Renewable Energy Society) the now-forming Los Angeles chapter of ASES.