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Bringing Solar Power to More CA Homes

PHOTO: California lawmakers will consider a bill that is aimed at streamlining the solar permitting process. Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) says his bill, AB 2188, will help lower the cost of solar installations and further expand the accessibility of solar to more California homeowners who want to control their electricity bills and generate their own clean energy. Credit: NASA.
PHOTO: California lawmakers will consider a bill that is aimed at streamlining the solar permitting process. Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) says his bill, AB 2188, will help lower the cost of solar installations and further expand the accessibility of solar to more California homeowners who want to control their electricity bills and generate their own clean energy. Credit: NASA.
August 7, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Making it easier, cheaper and faster for California homeowners to get rooftop solar systems is the idea behind proposed legislation being pushed at the State Capitol.

Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi says his bill will streamline the permitting process to eliminate confusion and extra costs.

"So that we can get more solar panels on people's homes, so that we can create jobs, grow our economy, and it's great for the environment," he stresses.

Muratsuchi says it can take less than a day to install rooftop solar panels, but the entire process currently takes months because of slow permitting.

AB 2188 will be up for a vote in the Senate floor this month.

Muratsuchi maintains streamlining the solar permitting process will help lower the cost of solar installations and bring solar to more California homeowners, who want to control their electricity bills and generate their own clean energy.

He says his bill will keep California on the leading edge of the solar industry.

"By encouraging the growth of the solar industry, creating jobs and reducing our greenhouse gas emissions," he points out.

A recent UCLA study found if just 5 percent of homes in Los Angeles County had solar panels, it would generate 28,000 jobs and reduce carbon gases the equivalent of removing more than 225,000 cars from the roadways.


Lori Abbott, Public News Service - CA