Utilities to Pay Homeowners for Solar

California energy utilities, including Pacific Gas & Electric, must start paying homeowners for the extra solar power that their solar-roof panels produce, under a bill signed late Sunday by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Previously, utilities could just take the solar power for free, providing no incentive for homeowners to become more fuel efficient. In addition, the new law will provide a new incentive for homeowners to install rooftop solar systems.

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