California aims to be world’s leading solar-energy producer

The California Public Utilities Commission on Thursday issued details for a new energy program that aims to make the US state one of the world's biggest producers of solar energy.
The commission issued a 92-page handbook to guide California’s investor-owned utilities, customers, contractors, and solar equipment
sellers through the rules for installing and operating solar-photovoltaic projects.

The state’s goal is to install 1 million rooftop solar panels on homes, businesses, farms, schools and public buildings over the next
10 years to produce 3,000 megawatts of electricity — the equivalent of six large power plants.

The program has a budget of $2.2 billion that will pay incentives for solar projects beginning on January 1, 2007.