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Posted: Monday, June 9, 2008 10:00 pm

The Lodi Electric Utility District has received 17 applications for solar rebates this year, exceeding expectations for the first-year program, city officials said.

Eleven of the applications have been for residential rebates, reserving all $150,000 available for residential solar panel systems.

"They are earmarked and spoken for," said Rob Lechner, the utility's manager of customer service and programs.

He said residents can be added to a waiting list for the rebates. Should current applicants not go forward with their solar installations, those on the waiting list could qualify for the rebate money, he said.

No names are now on the waiting list.

Should a large group of residents apply for the rebates, requests could be made of the City Council to use 2009 rebate funds this year, Lechner said.

Rebates for residential customers vary depending on the size of the solar panel system.

Residents installing a 10kw system, for example, would be eligible for a $28,000 rebate.

Nearly $120,000 in solar rebates are still available for businesses that plan installations this year.

The utility is offering roughly $6 million in rebates over the next 10 years.

Lodi man recovering after fall at winery

Matt Kuhn, 26, is still at the UC Davis Medical Center recovering from severe injuries he received after falling 40 feet down a shaft at Roma Winery in Lodi during Memorial Day Weekend.

A family member, who asked that she not be identified, said Kuhn is recovering from several broken bones. He is beginning physical therapy, but still cannot move on his own.

The woman said Kuhn is alert and talking with friends and family.

"We thank everyone for their prayers, and keep them coming," she said.

Kuhn was taken by helicopter to Davis after his fall, which happened late in the afternoon on Monday, May 26. A hospital spokeswoman said Kuhn was in "good condition."

Celebrating 30th anniversary of Proposition 13

State Sen. Dave Cogdill, R-Modesto, will provide bus rides from Flag City and Stockton to the State Capitol for Taxpayer Action Day on Wednesday, the 30th anniversary of the passage of Proposition 13.

The day will begin with lunch on the west lawn of the State Capitol at 11:30 a.m., followed by a press conference with conservative leaders urging no new taxes at 12:30 p.m. An hour later, residents are invited to deliver petition and a message to state legislative offices.

Buses to the Capitol will be available from throughout Cogdill's district, including Fresno, Modesto, Stockton and Flag City. The bus will leave at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday at Sherwood Plaza, 3201 W. Benjamin Holt Drive, Stockton, and at 10:45 a.m. at Flying J Gas Station on Thornton Road and Highway 12 in Flag City.

Reservations are required. For more information, call Elizabeth Hansell at (916) 648-1222, or send an e-mail to liz@meridianhq.com.

FEMA flood insurance rate maps in Stockton

Information about the Federal Emergency Management Agency's preliminary flood insurance rate maps will be available Thursday at Stockton Civic Auditorium, 525 N. Center St.

A formal presentation about Stockton issues only will begin at 6 p.m. However, residents interested in Lodi and Woodbridge flood-control insurance issues may ask questions during the open-house format from 5 to 6 p.m. or from 7:15 to 8 p.m.

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  • posted at 5:27 am on Tue, Jun 10, 2008.


    Well said, papercut. Exactly what I was thinking as I read the article.

  • posted at 5:15 am on Tue, Jun 10, 2008.


    There's 6 million dollars there and you chose to spread it over 10 years instead of making it available all at once. Why? The rest sitting in the bank drawing interest or have you spent it elsewhere already. Let's have all 6 million available or lower the elcetric rates to reflect those savings to all citizens, especially the users who cant afford it. How about a list of names that quilified. Are they just the wealthy and well connected, like I suspect they'd be? Where can we get that info as to who is getting first in the pecking order?



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