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Riverside Extends Support of Solar Initiative

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Riverside Continues Its Support of Solar Initiative

riverside supportRiverside Public Utilities (RPU) has made a $100,000 grant to SC-RISE, supporting the CE-CERT solar initiative for the second year.

The City of Riverside was the founding partner of SC-RISE, and California’s first “Emerald City,” along with its municipally owned electric utility have continued to work closely with the initiative. RPU and city officials serve on the Initiative Board of Advisors, which is working to analyze the potential for solar installations on Riverside rooftops, with a goal of attaining 20 megawatts of installed photovoltaic systems by 2020.

RPU’s own photovoltaic rebate program has proved very popular about two megawatts already installed and more than four megawatts in the pipeline.

Photo: Riverside Public Utilities’ Mike McClelland (left) presents a $100,000 check to SC-RISE Managing Director Alfredo A. Martinez-Morales to support the activities of the solar initiative in its second year.

The idea for SC-RISE grew out of a four-party agreement between Riverside, it's sister city of Sendai, Japan and their two hometown research universities -- UCR and Tohoku University. Sister Cities International recognized the effort of the four entities by awarding its 2010 Innovation Award for Sustainable Energy Development, to their work as an example of diplomacy with "real impact."

SC-RISE is a collaboration of industry, academia and other interested parties to drive the adoption of solar energy throughout Southern California.


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