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Green Jobs Conference Focuses on CA

March 13, 2008

Sacramento, CA – The Golden State is providing a prime example of how to latch on to the new "green economy." A green jobs conference is focusing on what California has done to encourage the clean energy industry. Business leaders, manufacturing companies and labor groups are meeting today to discuss the idea of kicking the clean energy economy into high gear. Josh Dorner with the Sierra Club says California's "Million Solar Roofs Plan" is a shining example for other states to follow.

"The truly burgeoning solar industry in California clearly shows that the right incentives and the right investments can really make a big difference."

California is assisting homeowners with the installation of solar panels, with the goal of one million solar roofs powering homes and pumping extra electricity into the power grid within ten years.

Dorner believes just about everyone has something to gain from an economy driven by green jobs, but the country needs a blueprint to keep the momentum going.

"We're sitting down to come up with a plan to really get going on the clean energy economy. With the economy in its current condition, this couldn't come at a more important time."

More information about the conference is available online at www.greenjobsconference.org.

Deborah Smith/Kevin Clay, Public News Service - CA