‘Of course, the powerful utility companies are threatened by the idea of a mainstream solar power market in which you and I are able to generate our own energy. They, along with the fossil fuel industry, are fighting us every step of the way.
“Since the Million Solar Roofs initiative began, the total installed cost of residential solar power systems in California has fallen 25%, and the cost of commercial-scale systems has fallen more than 40%. If progress continues at the same rate, residential solar energy should reach break-even costs statewide in the next five years, even without upfront rebates. So far, nearly 100 elected officials across the state have officially endorsed Gov. Brown’s pioneering vision to build 12 gigawatts of local clean energy — enough energy to cover a million solar roofs and then some — by 2020. From 2010 to 2011, jobs in the U.S. solar sector grew 10 times faster than the rest of the economy, with one-fourth of solar jobs here in California.”