California Uses Settlement Funds for Solar on Schools, Biogas

November 02, 2002

The California Energy Commission (CEC) and the California Power Authority have set up a program to distribute several million dollars of funding for solar electric projects on schools, renovate schools and hospitals, and research biogas projects at landfills and swine farms. CEC announced the grants on October 15th resulting from settlements reached between Attorney General Bill Lockyer and two energy companies with long-term electricity contracts with the state.

The CEC grants include:

  • $1.25 million in grants for schools to install rooftop solar energy systems;
  • $2.75 million for retrofitting schools, hospitals, and other public buildings,
  • $2.4 million for five research projects on the production of electricity from California landfills, livestock farms, food processing, and wastewater treatment plants. The CEC estimates that biogas sites could produce as much as 240 megawatts (MW).