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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 12, 2006

CONTACT: Terrie Prosper
California Public Utilities Commission
Phone: 415-703-1366



CONTACT: Amy Morgan
California Energy Commission
Phone: 916-654-4989
                     

M E D I A     A D V I S O R Y

Joint workshop to discuss affordable housing in
State Solar Programs


June 12, 2006 The California Energy Commission and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will hold a joint workshop to discuss affordable housing in solar incentive programs.

The CPUC's California Solar Initiative, and the California Energy Commission's New Solar Homes Partnership are part of the Governor's Million Solar Roofs Initiative. The initiative's goal is to create 3,000 megawatts of solar electricity in California by the end of 2017.

Ten percent of the solar funding is set aside for low-income and affordable housing participants. Both commissions are committed to including the affordable housing market in the state's solar programs.

Discussion at the workshop will include how components of both programs should be structured to best fit the affordable housing community needs. Agenda topics include: overview of the California Solar Initiative and affordable housing in California, expectations and goals for solar in affordable housing, program implementation issues and strategies, and the next steps for both programs.

When:
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
9:30 a.m.


Where:
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street
First Floor, Hearing Room A
Map and Directions to the Energy Commission
http://www.energy.ca.gov/commission/directions.html


The CPUC and the Energy Commission encourage all Californians to participate in their meetings, hearings, workshops, and proceedings. If you have questions regarding how you can participate in this workshop, please contact either:

The CPUC's Public Advisor, Karen Miller, by phone at: (415) 703-2074 or toll free at: (866) 849-8390, by TTY at: (415) 703-5282 or toll free TTY at: (866) 836-7825, by FAX at (415) 355-5404, or by e mail at: public.advisor@cpuc.ca.gov

The Energy Commission's Public Adviser, Margret J. Kim, by phone at: (916) 654-4489 or toll free at: (800) 822-6228, by FAX at: (916) 654-4493, or by e-mail at: pao@energy.state.ca.us

To participate in the meeting by phone, please call 1-888-730-9135 by 9:30 a.m., June 13, 2006. Pass Code: Housing Call Leader: Diana Chong

Audio from this meeting will be broadcast over the Internet. For details, please go to: www.energy.ca.gov/webcast

More information about the California Public Utilities Commission's, California Solar Initiative can be found at: http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/PUC/energy/solar/

More information about the California Energy Commission's, New Solar Homes Partnership can be found at: http://www.newsolarhomes.ca.gov

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