Business: Solar Sell

The sun rises in the West

It is not called the Golden State for nothing. California is becoming the nation's leading proving ground for solar energy, accounting for nearly half of all U.S. solar sales of $190 million last year. The state has plenty of sun and plenty of activists who see nonpolluting solar energy as the benign antidote to nuclear power. It also has a generous law-put through by Governor Jerry Brown—that allows 55% of solar costs, up to a maximum of $3,000, to be written off as...

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