Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today called on Californians to harness more solar power.
“There should be no rooftop in California without a solar panel,” Schwarzenegger told an audience in San Jose during a Q&A session at SolarTech, an initiative by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, and the California Solar Energy Industries Association’s (CALSEIA) inaugural Solar Summit.
After the event, the Governor’s office issued a list of advances made by the state during what it rightly called “the largest expansion of solar energy projects in U.S. history.”
Included on the list are:
- California leads the nations with over 500 megawatts of installed solar at 50,000 different installations.
- The state has more than 60 percent of the nation’s installed solar photovoltaic capacity.
- The California Solar Initiative which has spurred more than $2.8 billion worth of investment in solar projects throughout the state.
The governor told the audience that “You’ve got to look ahead 20 to 30 years. Every time oil prices go down, we abandon that vision.”
Schwarzenegger said that by developing new technologies and supporting them with wise public policies, California would be known as “the solar state.”
Officials in Arizona and Texas have also announced their ambitions to claim that title, a competition that benefits all three states — and the nation.