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California wants the sun to power homes day and night.
With a measure signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, the state has made a new commitment of $800 million for clean-energy technologies including home storage. The goal is to capture electricity generated by solar panels during daylight hours to help keep the lights on after the sun goes down.
The funds increase the state incentives set aside for energy storage to more than $1 billion. The rebate money can be used for residential and commercial systems, including for schools, farms and businesses.
“We want to make sure that everyone who has rooftop solar also has an energy storage system,” said State Senator Scott Wiener, a San Francisco Democrat who sponsored the bill. “Once you have a rebate program that the industry knows is table for a number of years, the industry will invest and innovate.”
According to the California Solar and Storage Association, a trade group,
homeowners can expect to pay about $4,500 for the typical installed battery system. That figure is the out-of-pocket cost after a $3,500 state rebate and a federal tax credit worth $2,000.
About a third of the money has been set aside for low-income people to claim first.
The state funds the incentive program with a fee of about 50 cents a month added to utility customers’ bills.
The rebate offer follows Mr. Brown’s recent signing of another bill that mandates 100 percent carbon-free electricity in California by 2045. The effort to increase storage is seen as a critical step in reaching the carbon-free goals.
“This is a classic California nuts-and-bolts policy of how to build the dream,” said Bernadette Del Chiaro, executive director of the trade group.
• The White House told the F.B.I. to interview anyone it wants in the Kavanaugh inquiry after criticism of its scope. Agents must finish by Friday. [The New York Times]
• Dozens of protesters gathered in Santa Ana to support Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and denounce the nomination of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. [The Orange County Register]
• The Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal by Vinod Khosla, the Silicon Valley venture capitalist, to overturn a ruling that requires a beach access path he owns near Half Moon Bay to stay open. [The New York Times]
• The Salesforce Transit Center will remain closed for at least 10 more days as crews work to repair two cracked steel beams. [San Francisco Chronicle]
• Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a measure that would have required public university student health centers to provide abortion medication. [The Sacramento Bee]
• Los Angeles County could join in the fight against the Trump administration’s rules to deny visas or permanent residency to immigrants. [The Los Angeles Times]
• Why are bunches of new Teslas parked in lots and garages across the country? Evidence being posted online has raised questions about production, logistics, quality and even demand. [The New York Times]
• The future of electric cars is brighter with Elon Musk in it, an Op-Ed contributor writes. [The New York Times | Opinion]
• While California’s impulse is on the right side of history, the enacting of a rule requiring every publicly traded company to instate one woman on the corporate board is so misguided that it might do more harm than good, our DealBook columnist writes. [The New York Times]
• Slack, the workplace messaging company, is actively preparing for an initial public offering in early 2019. [The Wall Street Journal]
• The Frieze Art Fair is going Hollywood, complete with blue-chip talent and a prime location on Paramount’s fabled back lot. [The New York Times]
• The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Milwaukee Brewers both claimed division crowns that at various points in the season would have seemed implausible. [The New York Times]
• In memoriam: Virginia Ramos, 65, the beloved “Tamale Lady” who rose to local fame catering to the bar crowds in San Francisco’s Mission District. [San Francisco Examiner]
• A former Berkeley rugby player was told he would never walk again when he was partially paralyzed in 2017. Now, he’s on his feet again without assistance. [Berkeley News]
• Is your salad habit good for the planet? Popular chains like Sweetgreen brag about sustainability, but compostable and recyclable bowls often end up in the trash. [The New York Times]
• Shohei Ohtani reflected on his decision to play for the Angels and his historic rookie season. [The Orange County Register]
A trip down Highway 1 meant self-discovery and a search through memory for a travel writer, whose drive down the coast was marked by childhood scenes and a renewed sense of self.
“It wasn’t that I was looking to reclaim the highway, or the state, when I embarked on the trip,” Mac McClelland writes. “I didn’t have a strict agenda. I was open, as one needs to be here, to where I would end up.”
And California turned out to be a sanctuary, too. The 659 miles of highway are dynamic and complicated, a winding and sharp reminder that you don’t have to be born someplace for it to be home.
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California Today is edited by Julie Bloom, who grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from U.C. Berkeley.