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Bill Could Unlock $100 Million for San Francisco Solar Power

A bill passed by the California Assembly last week would allow San Francisco to use $100 million from a 2001 bond measure for solar energy to build large-scale solar projects at locations such as reservoirs and parking garages.

The measure could ease restrictions from the 2001 bond measure, which limits where S.F.can construct projects for solar generation to sites that consume a significant amount of electricity, such as the city’s Moscone Center and the Southeast Wastewater Treatment Plant, The Examiner reports. The state bill would allow S.F to generate solar power at more remote sites that do not consume a lot of electricity and divert that power to other locations, which is not allowed under the 2001 bond measure.

If approved, Assembly bill 2573 would help The City be reimbursed with energy from an alternative source for any power used by Pacific Gas and Electric Company generated from its solar sites. Currently, PG&E is not required to compensate The City for any excess power generated at a municipal site, which is required to go to the power company.

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