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With Push Toward Renewable Energy, California Sets Pace for Solar Power

SAN FRANCISCO — A decade ago, only 500 rooftops in California boasted solar panels that harvest the sun’s energy. Today, there are nearly 50,000 solar-panel installations in the state, according to a report to be issued Thursday by the research and lobbying group Environment California.

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Solar foothold reaches beyond Santa Cruz to more conservative regions

Solar panels have long been the domain of eco-conscious communities like Santa Cruz and Berkeley. Not anymore.

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S.F. solar power rebate use quadruples in 2008

The economic recession hasn't stopped eco-conscious San Franciscans from installing solar panels on the rooftops of their homes and businesses - with some financial help from the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.

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Report calls for fossil fuel reductions

SANTA CRUZ -- Californians will spend trillions of dollars over the next two decades to sustain their dependence on fossil fuels, according to a report by an environmental advocacy group released Tuesday.

The state will spend $2.9 trillion on oil, coal and other fossil fuels by 2030 states the report, titled "The High Cost of Fossil Fuels: Why America Can't Afford to Depend on Dirty Energy."

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The High Cost of Fossil Fuels

Between 2010 and 2030, California will spend as much as $2,911 billion on oil, coal, and other fossil fuels - 2.9 times the total earnings of all California workers in 2007. At the same time, pollution from fossil fuels is the number one source of air and global warming pollution and a leading source of water pollution, said Environment California Research and Policy Center's in their new report.

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