Monday, January 28, 2008

In L.A., Class Conflict Over Solar Subsidies

The Los Angeles Daily News has a story about a new battle between the "haves" and the "have-nots," and its all about solar power subsidies. A Los Angeles Deparment of Water and Power program to promote solar power has become a give-away some of the richest Angelenos.

According to the Daily News:

Since its inception in 1999, DWP ratepayers have paid $50.8 million to fund the city's Solar Incentive Program, which has financed half the cost of 1,022 solar power systems for residential and commercial property owners.

But of the $18.1 million in residential solar subsidies, nearly three-quarters has gone to 633 customers in five council districts encompassing upscale Westside communities, the West San Fernando Valley and the Silver Lake area.

Solar power to the richest [Los Angeles Daily News]