San Francisco has received $10 million in federal stimulus funding to boost solar energy usage in The City, it was announced today.
The City was one of 16 municipalities nationwide to receive American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding for solar projects, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
The money will help eliminate financial barriers and other obstacles that stand in the way of solar installations in affordable housing buildings, public schools and untapped neighborhoods, The City said.
San Francisco was selected to receive money for its leadership in the solar energy movement, the feds said. The Department of Energy cited The City’s work since the 1970s in the effort, including a voter-approved bond initiative in 2001 to pay for solar panels, energy efficiency and wind turbines for public facilities. The feds said they were also impressed with San Francisco’s aggressive push to increase its renewable energy usage to 50 megawatts – predominantly from solar power – by 2012.