a1 Science Writer, USA
California continues its tradition of leading the United States in environmental stewardship through the California Solar Initiative (CSI), a $3.3 billion program established in January 2006. The goal is to generate 3 GW of electricity by 2017 through photovoltaic methods by installing solar cells on the roofs of existing and new residential and commercial buildings (see Figure 1). CSI will “reduce our output of greenhouse gases by 3 million tons,” California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said in a speech given in October 2006. “That is equivalent to taking one million cars off the road.”
Tim Palucka can be reached by e-mail at TPalucka@aol.com.
Palucka is the author of The 3 GW Initiative sidebar in this issue of MRS Bulletin.