SF continues suspension of planned solar power projects 

Ongoing wiring work is expected to be finished in time to allow a Sunset District solar power plant to be switched on this year, but all other solar projects planned by The City remain on hold.

Solar panels have been installed over the Sunset Reservoir and the 5-megawatt system could begin powering city services in December, according to San Francisco Public Utilities Commission spokesman Charles Sheehan.

Work at the site was suspended for nearly two full days last month after Mayor Gavin Newsom’s administration ruled that most of the work should be paid at electricians’ high wages.

The ruling threatened to cost the jobs of lesser-trained laborers, who protested the ruling.

Work resumed after city officials helped contractors find work at the site for laborers, but The City announced it would put future solar projects on hold until the labor problems are resolved.

The next city-backed solar project is planned on top of City Hall.

But it remained unclear on Wednesday when that project could begin.

“The unions need to agree on how the labor is divided up and until they reach consensus it’ll be difficult to move forward with our next solar projects,” Sheehan said.

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