Even with the global financial crisis, industry analysts predict the solar market will expand dramatically in the next decade and generate hundreds of thousands of “greentech” jobs nationwide. The growth will be fueled by government mandates for utilities to use low-polluting sources of energy by innovative financing for buying solar power systems and by a projected boom in the availability of solar panels.
San Diego will provide a blueprint for the nation through its “Sustainable Energy 2050 Plan,” which will create an energy infrastructure capable of supporting the region on a sustainable path. Where appropriate, San Diego will work in partnership with local, state, and federal representatives to realize its plan. In this project, San Diego is addressing key issues necessary for a sustainable solar infrastructure, including tariffs, data management, expedited permitting, strengthened private-sector involvement, training and technical expertise, and long-term implementation.