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San Francisco Solar Incentive Program Approved by Board of Supervisors 6-3

Solar bill approvedFrom Alissa Pines and Wade Crowfoot at (I’m not sure which of the two actually wrote it, they both sent the same email):

“I wanted to give you a brief (very positive) update on the solar incentive program that Mayor Newsom and Assessor Ting have championed.

It was approved at first reading by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday by a vote of 6-3. Supporting the ordinance were Supervisors Ammiano, Chu, Elsbernd, Maxwell, Peskin, and Sandoval. Supervisors Daly, Mikarimi and McGoldrick voted against the ordinance. Supervisors Alioto-Pier and Dufty were absent from the meeting.

As a result of this vote, Mayor Newsom has withdrawn the solar incentive proposal from consideration on June ballot. Attached is his letter communicating this withdraw to the Board of Supervisors. The Board of Supervisors must vote again on this on Tuesday (March 4) for the proposal for it to be approved. (Passing ordinances require two votes at the Board of Supervisors.)

Please consider emailing or calling Supervisors to thank them that voted for the legislation:”

I don’t want to publish their emails, but if you email addresses on the web, but email me at and I’ll give it to you so you can thank them, or can encourage those who voted against to vote yest on Tuesday (Chris Daly, Ross Mirkarimi, and Jake McGoldrick)… or….

“It’s key to give positive feedback to those who supported the ordinance to ensure the program’s passage on Tuesday. More info on phone numbers and contact info for the Board can be found at

If it’s passed on Tuesday, we look forward to getting back in touch late next week to discuss details of the immediate implementation of the incentive payments.

If you have any questions, please feel free to get in contact. Thanks much for all of your advocacy on this important program!

Alissa Pines
Policy Director
Office of Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting
City and County of San Francisco

Wade Crowfoot
Director of Climate Protection Initiatives
Office of Mayor Gavin Newsom
[email protected]

Last modified: February 29, 2008

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