This is an excerpt from EERE Network News, a weekly electronic newsletter.

November 27, 2002

San Francisco Launches Solar Initiative with 675-kW System

The City of San Francisco awarded the first contract under its voter-approved solar bond initiative on November 22nd. PowerLight Corporation will install a 675-kilowatt solar power system on the roof of the city's Moscone Center, a convention center, to generate about 825 megawatt-hours of electricity each year. In addition, energy efficiency improvements will save about 4,500 megawatt-hours of electricity annually.

A year ago, San Francisco voters approved Proposition B, which authorized the city to issue up to $100 million in revenue bonds to finance renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in city- and county-owned buildings. Voters also approved Proposition H, which enables the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to issue revenue bonds to support renewable energy and energy efficiency developments in city, commercial, and residential buildings. See the November 7, 2001, edition of EREN Network News.

Last week's announcement benefited from some celebrity appeal: Singer Bonnie Raitt joined Mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr. and representatives of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) at the podium. See the SFPUC press release.

Anyone wishing to add solar power to a building might want to visit the redesigned "Photovoltaics for Buildings" Web site, provided by DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The new, beefier site provides information on using solar power in homes and commercial buildings and provides examples through its "feature projects."