City clamping down on solar incentives amid false promises 

Supervisor Chris Daly introduced legislation Tuesday that would add restrictions to the city’s solar inventive program. The proposal comes after the Examiner was first to report that a solar company was benefiting from the incentives but failing to live up to its promise of hiring locally and creating jobs.

The legislation would require that “for an incentive to be eligible in the program, the system must be installed by an individual trained in the city’s workforce development program,” Daly said.

He also took a shot at SolarCity. “We’ve had hearings about SolarCity’s promises to San Francisco in terms of a training academy in Bayview-Hunters Point, which seems to be at this point not happening,” Daly said. “They said they were unable to make good on their promise. They said they would generate thousands of jobs. They haven’t generated even dozens of jobs for San Franciscans.”

Daly said the legislation is meant to ensure that local taxpayer money “not only goes to help greening the grid in terms of getting solar installations on San Francisco homes, but it will also mean real jobs for real San Franciscans that need them in this economy.”

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