California voters decide whether to allow solar panels
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California voters have decided whether to install solar panels on utility-owned buildings, including large residential buildings, to help reduce pollution and protect against earthquakes.
Proponents of the measures say they will generate millions of dollars in new revenue for the state.
The measure passed easily with 51 percent of the vote.
But opponents, including the California Nurses Association and California Association of Counties, argued that the measure would create jobs and create hundreds of thousands of jobs in the state that could then be displaced by the panels.
The Assembly voted along party lines to allow the panel installation, which is set to begin next year.
A statewide voter initiative, Measure J, is also on the ballot this year.
The measures were both opposed by the California Chamber of Commerce, which argued that they would harm California’s economy and job prospects.
California, which has the world’s third-largest population, has a booming economy and a long-term unemployment rate of more than 8 percent.
J would require utilities to install rooftop solar panels that can produce up to 6.7 kilowatts of electricity.
The state is also proposing a $3.4 billion tax credit for the purchase of solar panels, which can cost as much as $2,000 per unit.
California voters have decided whether to install solar panels on utility-owned buildings, including large residential buildings, to help reduce pollution…