Saturday, April 21, 2012

Peter Hanley and Steve Rogers: 'Solar tax' would Undermine Investments in California schools

When most of us think about solar power, we think of homes with rooftop panels saving homeowners money while generating clean energy in the California sun. Yet residential customers are far from the only users contributing to the rapid growth of solar power in our state. Many schools and school districts are turning to solar to slash their utility bills.

Thanks to policies like "Net Energy Metering," solar has become increasingly attractive to school districts as a money saver. California's Net Metering policy allows a customer's electric meter to "spin backward"; any electricity generated but not utilized on-site goes onto the grid, much like the cellphone rollover minutes on your phone bill.

Based on this policy, the San Mateo Union High School District recently completed the first phase of an ambitious $22 million solar power generation project, an occasion at which state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson unveiled his "Schools of the Future Report" at our Aragon High School. The district undertook this solar project for many reasons, but foremost is cost savings: Money saved on utilities can go directly to classrooms.

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