Friday, May 08, 2009

Ambitious California Program Aids Renewables, Efficiency and Water

In March, my colleague Leslie Kaufman wrote about an innovative solar financing scheme taking root in Palm Desert and other California locales, in which homeowners can avoid the high up-front costs by paying for a solar system gradually, through higher property taxes.

Sonoma County appears to have taken the model to its most ambitious level. The county has just launched a program that is notable both for its hefty, $100 million price tag, and also for including energy efficiency and water conservation measures along with solar panels.

See Kate Galbraith's story for Green, Inc., the NY Times' Energy and Environment blog >>