Work on converting SDG&E power sources and home energy systems to solar has not died down in San Diego. The workers that chose to work in the green energy workforce are keeping on pace on increasing the solar system counts in product markets with untapped customers.
The difference between the 20 percent renewable energy SDG&E has to meet by 2010 for its electrical and gas energy supplied to locals and the 33 percent renewable energy it still must meet by 2020 is no secret double digit figure. There is more work to count on.
Progress has been steady. Energy supply is no longer left up to chance in Rancho Bernardo where deficits in electricity that happen during power outages are made up by solar energy produced both by the panels on the roofs, and panels out on solar farms. But the work that spread solar panel usage from San Ysidro to Oceanside and out to the Otay Ranch area the Cornerstone Communities project Palma at Rolling Hills Ranch was started to prove San Diego is still a place to build a New Solar Home Partnership project, one current project in the 10 year 400 million dollar statewide program, was not a sealed deal that limited the solar energy investment to the standard home PV systems.
Partners of the California Solar Energy Initiative continue to make San Diegans face the future energy realities, and encourage them to convert their water heating to a solar system. The installations are the largest job green workers can count on to lower gas costs. The California Center for Sustainable Energy in San Diego regularly informs customers a need to convert to solar has come up, and informs workers there are jobs across the county. Opportunities to do installation work are left open now that the San Diego Solar Water Heating Pilot program has proved a success and the goal to install 200,000 solar water heating systems throughout California by 2017, using funds from a gas customer surcharge to give customers an incentive to convert, remains an outstanding goal the 2007 state act, the Solar Water Heating and Efficiency Act, made part of the renewable energy enterprise.
There is not a lull planned for the conversion work. Work installing photovoltaic systems at schools to convert them to renewable energy the initiative partners in the late 2000s made sure was not delayed has not come to an end. Idleness, even in a fair weather town, leads to lost opportunities to work.
San Diegans planning to take the green way in to the energy workforce can expect to find a place in the California work on expanding solar energy coverage. Signing trained workers onto work rolls has often been a struggle. The workers that take over a year to train have not joined the workforce fast enough to keep the workforce growth in step with the growth in the green work. Late last decade, "rapid expansion was limited by a smaller workforce" than in the early 2000s, according to CCSE. The center stays active training San Diegans to take dependable job opportunities.
The line continues next week.
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