Murrieta isone of the most “solar friendly” cities in southern California. Notonly is the weather ideal for solar electricity generation, but the city officials have worked hard to create an atmosphere conducive to solarinstallations.
On Wednesday, March 30 at 6pm HelioPower will host an open house at the company’s headquarters located at 25767 Jefferson in
Murrieta. Residents will be able to tour the solar installationfacility and get a status from city officials. Brian Ambrose, SeniorManagement Analyst for the City of Murrieta will be on hand to providean update on the city’s solar friendly initiatives including the popular $1,000 solar rebate. The program will also feature Scott Gordon, Vice President ofResidential Sales and a popular speaker on solar, smart grid and smartmeter related subjects.
Murrieta city officials report that the rebates for solar in theircity are being claimed more quickly than they had anticipated. As ofMarch 14, the city has processed the 45th $1,000 rebate (out of a totalallocated of 72). So there are a total of 27 rebates remaining,although there are about 10 in the process of permitting, constructionor final inspection stages.
In April 2010, the City of Murrieta began the Solar Rebate Program to incentivize residents to purchase a solar power system. The rebate isopen to purchased solar electricity systems on homes, not PPA’s orleases. The City made available seventy-two $1,000 rebates with theexpectation that it would take a minimum of 2 years until the rebateswere fully paid out (based on past history). However, as of March 14,there are only 27 remaining rebates.
On the business front, Murrieta is a solar installation companyfriendly city. Officials understand that the permitting process costssolar installation firms added time and staff expense. In an effort tosave solar installation companies time (and therefore money!!), the City of Murrieta has recently implemented a more efficient permittingprocess for solar installations. Instead of driving down to City Halland waiting in line to submit permit paperwork, the city has adopted ascan and email submission system for solar permits.
Finally, Murrieta city officials have been very involved in theWestern Riverside County Energy and Water Efficiency ConservationProgram. Last year the City of Murrieta and other area cities joinedwith the Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG) to implement a PACE/AB 811 program. Everything was going smoothly until Fannie Maesent out a directive to mortgage companies to not honor PACE loans (nottake a subordinate position). The city reports they have worked through the details and are ready to move forward with the program. BrianAmbrose will give a brief update on this program.
For information on the HelioPower open house please call 1 87 SOLAR 888 or save a seat by reserving it here online for the free Murrieta solar event.
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