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Sunny Los Angeles Lags on Solar Energy, Says UCLA/USC Report

Statewide, one gigawatt of rooftop power has been installed, the Environment California Research & Policy Center announced last week on the progress of a state's 2006 Million Solar Roofs Initiative. The law mandates 3 gigawatts of rooftop solar statewide by 2016. LADWP's contribution - 280 megawatts - was only 8% realized by July of this year.

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Increasingly Sunny Days for California Solar Power

California has passed a milestone in increasing its use of green energy. We've installed 1 gigawatt of solar-generating power, enough to run a city roughly the size of San Francisco. We're on pace to generate 3 gigawatts by 2016.

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Electricity from Rooftop Solar Hits Milestone in California

Electricity generation by rooftop solar installations in California has surpassed the one-gigawatt mark, according to an analysis of a state incentives program.

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MILESTONE: California Installs one gigawatt of rooftop solar across state

KTVU visited local solar installer specialists Sungevity to get insight about California getting to the one gigawatt of rooftop solar across the state. Watch video.

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California Hits Solar Energy Milestone

“Even in a bad economy, the solar industry has been growing exponentially by 40 percent per year,” says Michelle Kinman of Environment California.

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State's solar energy doubled in five years

California's solar power industry now generates enough electricity to light over 600,000 homes in the state.

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State's solar energy output reaches milestone

"This report really shows that investing in these solar programs works," said Michelle Kinman, a clean-energy advocate at Environment California and one of the report's authors. "It's not only the fact that we're on pace to achieve the 3,000 megawatts. There's also the benefits of the creation of green jobs and the strengthening of the solar industry in the state, not to mention the benefits of clean energy and clean air."

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California hits renewable energy milestone: 1 gigawatt of solar power installed to date

California has hit a major renewable energy milestone: 1 gigawatt -- or 1,000 megawatts -- of solar power has been installed on rooftops throughout the state.

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California has 1 in 4 U.S. solar energy jobs, study says

"This report shows that the solar industry is not only creating green jobs across California but that the industry is forecast to continue growing at a much faster pace than the overall U.S. economy," said Michelle Kinman, a clean energy advocate for Environment California. "California industry and policymakers have a tremendous opportunity to build on this solid foundation and make solar a centerpiece of the state's energy policy."

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Green jobs gaining traction in California

More than 500,000 people are employed in "green jobs" in California and that number is expected to ramp up in the coming years, according to a report. The Environment California Research & Policy Center report, "Building a Clean Energy Workforce: Preparing Californians for New Opportunities in the State's Green Economy," additionally documents nearly 300 green job training programs at more than 130 institutions throughout the state.

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