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2017-05-26. Batteries could be latest clean technology to get California boost.

posted May 28, 2017, 10:22 PM by Alan Gould

By David R. Baker, San Francisco Chronicle. For GSS Energy Use chapter 10. Excerpt: Ten years ago, California started giving homeowners and businesses rebates to go solar, hoping to kick-start an industry. It worked. Now, some state officials want to do the same thing with batteries. Legislation from state Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, would create a 10-year incentive program for energy storage, handing out rebates to people who want to install batteries in their businesses or basements. The rebates would shrink over time, as the cost of a still-expensive technology declines. That approach mimics the California Solar Initiative, the state rebate program that began in 2007. Many credit the initiative, which issued declining rebates until its $2.17 billion budget was spent, with helping make solar power mainstream in California — and creating businesses and jobs along the way....  http://www.sfchronicle.com/business/article/Batteries-could-be-latest-clean-technology-to-get-11174650.php