California now gets a very significant portion of its electrical generation from solar power. So much so that consumers were just advised to turn off unneeded lights and unplug appliances on Aug. 21 when a partial solar eclipse will cover the state.
With our temperate to hot temperatures, why is the city of Redding not generating its own solar power for our community? The city already owns that white elephant, Stillwater. A big solar array could be placed there and on other city-owned properties, for only the cost of installation and operation.
Since the sunlight is free, ratepayers like me who suffer with huge power bills during the summer heat should get significant relief.
In the alternative, REU should offer generous rebates to city residents who install their own solar panels. PG&E has done this for years for county residents.
We all benefit from use of renewable, non-polluting energy. It is time the city of Redding gets on board with the rest of the state in use of our cleanest and most abundant resource.
Time for Redding, REU to Go Solar, by Mary Pearl, Record Searchlight, June 2, 2017.