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July 14, 2010
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New 2009 Bay Area Solar Installations (BASI) Report Finds Bay Area Leads California in New Solar Growth
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Berkeley, California – July 14, 2010 - The San Francisco Bay Area leads California in new solar installations according to the latest data just released by the Northern California Solar Energy Association (NorCal Solar), a non-profit solar education organization.
The data highlight the significant growth of solar energy installations for 122 cities in 10 Bay Area Counties for 2009. The data also reflect the increase in solar installations in the Bay Area since the California Solar Initiative (CSI) launched in 2007. The CSI is a10 year incentive program with a goal of installing 1,940 megawatts of solar power on the equivalent of one million rooftops. The data reveal that since the implementation of the California Solar Initiative, the Bay Area has accounted for 46% of the State’s new installed systems and 40% of added total megawatts.
“The 2009 BASI Report shows that the Bay Area continues to be a major contributor to the overall CSI goals with a 70% growth in total new megawatts installed here since 2008,” said Claudia Wentworth, who chaired NorCal Solar’s BASI Committee. “Despite the economic downturn, over 52 megawatts of solar photovoltaic (PV) were added in the Bay Area representing 55% of the State’s total.”
According to analysis of publicly available rebate data, Californians purchased more than $2.5 billion in solar electric technology (PV), representing 24,682 PV installations yielding 273.7 megawatts of electricity from PV solar power from 2007 through 2009. During the same period in the Bay Area, there were 11,438 solar projects - built at a cost of $1.04 million – producing nearly 108.7 megawatts of electricity.
The annual BASI Report uses population guidelines from the League of California Cities ranking Large Cities, Medium Cities, Small Cities and Counties for 2009, 2008 and 2007 only and cumulatively from 2007 – 2009 (beginning of the CSI rebate program) by Total Systems Installed, Total Watts Installed, Systems per Capita and Watts per Capita.
For the first time, the BASI Report also analyzed installations by sector revealing that 93% of the installations in the state and Bay Area are residential while 7% are commercial, government and from nonprofit organizations. Commenting on the report, Elaine Hebert, president of NorCal Solar’s Board of Directors, said, “These statistics underscore the grassroots commitment to solar energy from individual homeowners, whether in big or small cities and communities.”