San Francisco Mayoral Candidate Phil Ting Joins Sierra Club & Solar Supporters to Rally Against Proposed Cuts to GoSolarSF Program

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San Francisco Public Utilities Commission proposes 40% cut to successful GoSolarSF program

On Thursday, May 19 at 9:45 AM, San Francisco Mayoral Candidate Phil Ting will speak on the steps of City Hall at a rally against the proposed cuts to the City’s GoSolarSF program.

GoSolarSF – one of the nation’s most successful solar incentive programs, which Ting helped launch – has quadrupled the number of solar roofs in San Francisco, created scores of new green jobs and helped attract more than a dozen new solar companies to the City.

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission has proposed cutting funding to the successful program by 40% and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors will be holding a special hearing to discuss the SFPUC budget, which includes funding for GoSolarSF. Supporters of the GoSolarSF and the Sierra Club Bay Chapter will join Phil Ting on Thursday morning at 9:45 on the steps on City Hall.

Phil Ting and the Reset San Francisco online community have been organizing for more than a month to help protect the successful GoSolarSF program. Ting has launched an online petition at http://www.ResetSanFrancisco.org, which has already organized nearly 1,000 supporters. Ting also hosted a recent Ask an Expert webcast with Solar Task Force Member Jeanine Cotter, who is the CEO of San Francisco-based Luminalt Solar Energy Solutions. The webcast can be watched here: http://www.resetsanfrancisco.org/ask-now

“GoSolarSF is more effective government in action. We are using a tiny investment to jumpstart a new San Francisco-based industry. And independent data even shows that this small investment more than pays for itself,” said Ting, who referenced a new study from the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab which showed that homes with rooftop solar panels sell for a substantial premium over homes without the capacity to generate all or some of their own electric power.

Who: Phil Ting, Sierra Club Bay Chapter and supporters of GoSolarSF
What: Rally to Support GoSolarSF
Where: Steps of San Francisco City Hall, Polk Street Side
When: Thursday, May 19, 9:45 AM

About Phil Ting
Phil Ting is the co-founder of San Francisco’s Solar Task Force, which initially proposed the GoSolarSF program. The GoSolarSF program has created 5MW of solar power, helped create numerous green jobs in San Francisco and helped attract nearly a dozen new solar companies to the city. Ting is also co-chair of ChinaSF, a public/private partnership that is creating local jobs by helping attract new Asian-based businesses to the city. As Assessor-Recorder of San Francisco, Phil Ting is a solutions-focused, innovative reformer whose efforts have enabled him to generate over $245 million in new revenue for San Francisco by making sure everyone pays their fair share in property taxes.

Learn more about his campaign to Reset San Francisco at http://www.resetsanfrancisco.org/

Paid for by Phil Ting for Mayor 2011. FPPC #1334205

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