University of California, Riverside


Assembly Bill 811


Loan Program Boosts Solar Technology Through Collaboration

Capturing an increasing share of the sun’s energy in Southern California was part of the message of a Feb. 9 conference at UCR to promote the benefits of Assembly Bill 811.

managing directorAlfredo A. Martinez-Morales, Managing Director of Southern California Research Initiative for Solar Energy (SC-RISE) said AB811, which offers low interest loans to stimulate the use of solar panels and other sustainable technologies, is a prime example of policies that need to be adopted.

Incentives and greater public awareness of the economic and environmental benefits are essential to realize SC-RISE’s goal of the widespread adoption of affordable solar technologies, Martinez-Morales said.

Education through outreach, curriculum development, technology demonstrations and workforce development are other important ingredients to a successful solar scenario in Southern California, he added.

Like AB 811, SC-RISE plans to be a nexus for local government, utilities, technology companies, contractors and public to find common interests for the common good. “In this case we want end-users to feel and know that they are doing something that is of benefit not only to them but also to society as well,” Martinez-Morales added.

The other essential driver of affordable solar energy, new technologies, is also on the agenda for SC-RISE which has recruited more than a dozen scientists and engineers who are actively conducting solar research, especially at the materials levels, he concluded.


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