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<br /> <br />6C <br /> <br />:m:J <br />pLfASANTONc <br /> <br />~ <br /> <br />City Council <br />Staff Report <br /> <br />March 21, 2006 <br />Administrative Services Department <br /> <br />SUBJECT <br /> <br />Options for City-supported "PhotovoItaic Project" Activities <br /> <br />STAFF RECOMMENDATION: <br /> <br />Consider options for City support of Photovoltaic Project activities and <br />direct staff accordingly. <br /> <br />SUMMARY <br /> <br />The current list of Council Priorities includes a goal of supporting <br />"Environmental Awareness" and under that goal are a number of activities <br />including one named "Photovoltaic Project" and defined as "pursue a public <br />or private partnership for a photovoltaic project". Staff has explored a <br />variety of activities that could be considered for implementation and is now <br />looking for Council direction on which to focus attention. <br /> <br />Honorable Mayor and Members of the City Council: <br /> <br />BACKGROUND <br /> <br />The Council's work plan includes the goal of developing a "Photovoltaic Project" which is <br />described as "pursue a public or private partnership for a photovoltaic project". Council has <br />also allocated a modest level of one-time funding. Separate from this work plan item, the City <br />of Pleasant on has been involved with solar energy in two ways: we have participated with <br />GRID Alternatives to include panels in affordable housing units, and panels were included in <br />the construction of Fire Station #4. (See Exhibit A for a diagram of how solar panels work.) <br /> <br />Financial incentives that have existed at the State and Federal levels for some time have <br />recently been enhanced. Programs at the Federal level have increased the tax credit for <br />commercial solar systems and offer new credits to homeowners. The credit covers 30% of <br />system cost up to $2000 per system with some conditions (for more information see <br /> article attached as Exhibit B). The State of California has also enhanced support <br /> <br />SR 06:074 <br />