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you're focusing on solar energy. that's a big piece. there's plenty of sun out there to take care of our energy. it's going to take time. it's going to take technology. it's going to take scientific breakthroughs, research, and development. and it's going to take storage. and it's going to take various insebastianvv stifle. just in california you have some cities that charge 1800 bucks for a permit for somebody to put solar on their roof. we have to fight that. there are soft costs. we can bring that down. from the small incremental step to the long march in getting it done, those are all the elements that you have to deal with. and there are some pauses, sometimes things plateau. i know some utilities feel we have enough for 33 and a third percent which is our state goal. we have to find other states. we've got to get other people putting out that 33% renewable
standard. we've got to get -- and we do, we have a law in california encouraging storage because we can't just rely on the sunlight. (applause) >> we've got to bottle the sunlight. you've probably heard about that. we're bottling sunlight. well, that' a metaphor for storage. but we can get it done. you know, in a time of war when the invading army comes, people rise to the occasion. but when the invasion is more subtle and more gradual, then what? then it takes clarity, it takes courage, and it takes will, a lot of political will, a lot of personal will. and that's what i would urge upon all of you. you've got your businesses or your academic work. all of it has to flow into this transformation because climate change is happening. it's affecting the food supply.
we have the number of people going up, the number of oil-fed cars going up, but we have food production now lagging behind. and, so, we're going to have to slow climate change while we take care of all these other economic challenges. and it's very easy to say, well, we can't turn off coal. we can't go to solar. it's too expensive. well, you wait 10 years, you wait 15 years, it's going to be a lot more expensive, a lot more. so, how do we take the future and bring it forward so that we can act on the basis of what we certainly expect? and when i say "we," it's not we all of the people. it's we, a relatively small subset, people in this room, people throughout the country, but in rather limited numbers. and, so, you not only have to do what you're doing, but you've got to find a way to market the very idea of solar
energy. the very idea that we have all the energy we need, we have to develop the technology to utilize it without at the same time filling up our atmosphere with methane and co2 and nitrogen oxide and all the other emissions and pollutants that are going to reshape what life on earth is. when you hit 400 parts per million, as we did as reported by the monitoring stations over in hawaii, it hasn't been like that for 3 or 4 million years. when it was like that 3 or 4 million years, the sea was a lot higher. the ice at the poles was a lot less. so, we've got a lot of evidence. we've got to find now the step-by-step sequential movement toward the goal.
and the goal is an energy system totally compatible with the rules of nature. (applause) >> we've got to get on the side of nature. (applause) >> now, a lot of people like to have fight nature, but we are nature. when we fight nature, we're fighting ourselves. we're fighting our own life support system. that's really the challenge here. so, it's business. it's our livelihood, but it's also a calling to wake people up, to make the kind of progressive steps that are crucial to make sure that we keep going. so, we have 130,000 solar installations. we're going to get several hundred thousand more. and as governor of california, i guarantee we're going to get there because i'm going to move us out of all the obstacles. whoever, whatever they are, get out of the way. the sun is shining brightly in the state of california. [cheering and applauding]
>> all right. the only thing i want to say is when you introduced me, i could hear your german accent. [laughter] >> i just want to say, i'm going to germany next week because i still have a few distant relatives from my great grandfather, auguste schechman who came to california in 1882, a lot of us running around, some known as brown. i'm going to reconnect with my inner person. we're going to need the indomitable will to overcome the blindness that stands in the way from our obvious destiny and future which is in renewable, sustainible, solar
america and solar world. thank you very much. [cheering and applauding] [cheering and applauding] >> i just want to say i am humbled to have been able to introduce governor brown and very, very happy. you have here a room and concern, 20,000 people visiting who are all on the same line. thank you so much again. >> thank you. (applause)
>> please don't leave the room. the governor, of course, has a tight schedule and has to leave us. but i am very, very encouraged. i think we couldn't have opened solar in any better way. this is really simulating from somebody who has really shown in all his life and all his professional achievements that this is the right direction. so, i'm very happy to introduce as our next speaker our distinguished mayor from this wonderful city of san francisco in which the california sun shines. i don't have to introduce mayor lee to you. but i have to mention i found in your cv that you are a graduate from u.c. berkeley from 1978. welcome. we have a line up of berkeley graduates. (applause)
>> well, thank you for that introduction, dr. weber. and if there's any doubt in your mind as to how governor brown figured out the budget, you just heard it. that's the power of his leadership. good evening, everyone, and thank you for your attending the 2013 inter-solar conference here in san francisco. and first i want to give my personal thanks to the governor. just a couple weeks ago, by the way, all of the mayors from the top 10 city in the state of california met with him just a few weeks ago and we had on our mind a discussion with him about the economy, our budgets, our economic challenges. well, before we could sit down at his picnic table meeting room -- if you've ever met with the governor, you should realize he doesn't have an ordinary meeting table in his office. he has a picnic table.
and if you know picnic tables, they're very hard to sit on, and he explained as he sat us down, i have a picnic table here because the hard seats make you not want to sit here too long. [laughter] >> so, be quick with what you have. and before we were even able to express all of our concerns, he was at it. just deja vu a minute ago. he said, i want to talk to you mayors about climate change. and immediately he thrust into handing out a report to each and every one of us and asked us, you read this. and i know all of you are committed, but i don't want b.s., i want you to make sure you start paying attention to the science of climate change. and, so, he handed out a report. it was titled the scientific consensus for maintaining humanity's life support systems in the 21st century. and it was authored by worldwide scientists across the
world, evidencing their confirmation that we're in big trouble and we need to do more for our environment. and this is -- he led the conversation off with that. so, we not only could not avoid it, we had to be very happy about listening to him about this in order for us to get our agenda done. but that's how committed our governor is. and you saw it right here, the passion. this is leadership. this is what we are all doing and i am very happy to join him in making sure that that 33% gets done. well, in fact, we're not satisfied here in san francisco with 33%. we want 100% renewable energy in san francisco. (applause) >> and we will get that done, i assure you. climate change continues to be one of the most important issues and that is why this inter-solar conference has its sixth meeting here in san francisco. you know our passion for this. you know this is part of the dna of how we run our local
government. i'm honored to be welcoming all of you back here to our great city, and i want to again thank dr. weber and his wonderful staff and speakers from the state and from other scientific fields will be here to address you in a moment. but there is no better place for the solar industry than to really come together and meet right here in our great city. we are home to more than 19 megawatts of solar installation, and over 21 1 clean tech companies that are driving innovation for the rest of the world right here in san francisco ~. we are bold, and we're not afraid to be bold. that's why we are moving to 100% renewable energy in our city. we want to reduce our carbon. we want to green our buildings. and we want to become a mecca for clean transportation. this year we are proud to be the number one spot on the clean edge u.s. metro clean
tech index for all cities in the continental united states. our city has launched effective and powerful solar programs, and we've set an ambitious clean energy goal of having 100% city-wide electricity come from renewable sources within the next 10 years. in the past decade, we've already begun this effort and we systematically have been building out our renewable energy sources. since 2004, our city has installed 13 municipal solar rays, totaling about 7.4 megawatts of solar energy generating capacity. this includes 5 megawatts solar system in our sunset reservoir, which is our largest and one of the largest urban municipal solar arrays in the state of california when it was first installed. in fact, i think some of you may be visiting the sunset
reservoir on your visit this time. additionally, our solar sector incentive program, go solar s.f., has been working very hard in our city. in fact, in 2007 when it first started, there were only 795 non-municipal solar installations in our city that totaled about 3 megawatts. today that number is nearly quadrupled. we have over 3 40 that total 12 megawatts of power. and this is saving san franciscans more than 4-1/2 million dollars a year on their electrical bills and reducing 6,000 metric tons of co2 in the atmosphere annually. thank you. (applause) >> every bit counts. and many of these installations are becoming the standard rather than the exception and we're focused on installing them in all of our low-income
homes and affordable housing developments as we build in this city. and as jerry brown said earlier, we are increasing our population, but we're going to build the right way. our city has also streamlined the permitting process and reduced the permitting cost for san francisco residents. you our residential solar permits are available on the counter, over the counter, and online, and we have one of the lowest fees in the state of california and we're going to keep it that way. we're going to keep working with all of the bay area jurisdictions to continue streamlining and standardizing the processes not just for our our city, but across the region consistent with the u.s. department of energy's sun shot initiative ~. and we are working to even better our san francisco energy map so that everybody else can use it and we can spread this to now more than 30 cities across the world that are using similar energy maps to map out
their solar installations. we've paired this bold strategy and leadership with smart economic development strategies that drive the growth of our clean tech industries in san francisco. in fact, march of last year, the clean tech group named san francisco the clean tech capital of north america because we had made our aggressive push in the renewable energy, particularly in solar. (applause) >> thank you. and we want other cities to win that title as well. we're not satisfied being the only city in north america that earns that title. we want other cities to earn that as well because that will up the competition, and we like competition in this area. we also passed a business tax exclusion for clean tech firms in our city. we've taken advantage of our position as being in the center for business and innovation to become a hub for international clean tech firm.
our historic strength and our city has been in finance, and, so, solar firm are moving here to san francisco to be close to their financial partners and to major utilities and government agencies such as pacific gas and electric, our san francisco public utilities commission, our california public utilities commission as well as the environmental protection agencies. we are now home to more than 35 solar companies and five of the top 10 solar module manufacturers in the world have their offices here in san francisco. we're home to energy major developers and installers, including sun run, sun edison, teetion energy, basse electric, [speaker not understood]. so, to the solar companies already here in our great city, thank you for investing in our great city. ~ teague as those who are not yet located in san francisco, we
welcome you. ~ with open arms. (applause) >> please consider joining your great colleagues in being part of the world's most innovative and dynamic solar clusters in the world. we continue to be a great city. we're very proud of our partnerships and our solar companies and our service providers, out of their work. we're not stopping here with these milestones. we're going to heed the call of our governor. we're going to get to goals yet to be imagined, and i thank you for being here in our world class city to kickoff this inter-solar 2013. thank you for being here in san francisco. (applause) ...
after school at 3. . 30 i hop on the bus and go to work with kids. i didn't realize i was going to get up that early for the rest of my life. >> it's hard to get good jobs. you can get well paid working at restaurants i was making good money that's not my 50 year goal working as a waitress. it would be better to have something to fall back on i wanted something where i would in 10 years accumulate properties. >> 3 months is a long time to be busy all day. i'm putting myself further in
debt with the understanding it's worth the sacrifice. eating raman for 3 months. it's not fun but i think it will be worth it. >> we all want to graduate we are all tired of this class. been 11 weeks. one more week to go. >> i need to get these mraps out. >> my purpose is to get the recruits prepared for the construction training. >> what you do is get a 2 by 6 sitting on the saw horses. we will cut 10 feet. everybody going to get one and you measure up 6 inches. you sure you got 8 feet. >> as a carpenter you have to let them know what's expected and they need to know the stuff
to get going on the trades. >> the main thing they need to know is how to carry the stuff on the job and the hussle. >> you can't work with the gloves. >> my part is a small part. my part is the best part. the part that really teaches them how to go out and fish rather than go to the fish market. my job is how to teach them to fish when the fish market is closed. >> this requires i thinking. when you go on the job site they will pay you 20-15, dollars an hour you have to think and figure stuff out and get the jobs done in a record time. >> one of the things we try to teach with the construction trades is your attitude going to work. how employers look on new
workers and it's about profitability and productivity. it's not how much swings it takes to drive, you know, ita about do you have the right attitude? can you show up on time? can you make the company money? >> 12.5 times 15. >> i don't want you to use the calculator. >> the students go through approximately 420 some hours of training. we operate at the campus of the community college a 12 week, full time program, 7-3:30. >> if you were going to figure out how much [inaudible] you need you rounding up. >> average age of individuals in the trades is in the 40's from what we are told. in the 50's quite frankly those
folks are getting ready to retire. we see a void. >> the average is making 60-80 thousand dollar a year more with benefits much it's hard work i will not lie. >> if you like working with your hands and creative and you look at a building and say, i did that finish and that building is there for a hundred years. come to my program you will work for anyone in the country. >> we send people to the dry waller the carpenters and the plummers. >> we are conscious who we give a job referral to. >> we look at the skills part as far as hayou do with a hammer and nail there are other components to be able to be a team player.
be able to take directs and be precise and punctual things like this you need to help you keep your jobs. >> we will looking at the interviews today and doing the critiquing from the papers. >> i was thinking last week we were talking ask that was so much thinking going on about the interview and how i was going to do it. >> i feel like, me, as an african-american woman and older woman with children i feel i have to set an example. a lot of people don't know how to deal with anger and
conflicts. the kids here look up to me. if i do something and don't set an example then they are going to follow. since i've been a positive roll model, coming to school everyday. some of those kids pick up on that and i see the improvement in them. >> one thing that i knew but the class helped reinstate is that you have to check yourself. we are all grown adults. >> i try to be motivated in everything i do in my life. if you don't encourage yourself to do something or do things for yourself you can't expect somebody else will do it for you. some people didn't make it to class because they have a bad attitude and decided it wasn't worth it. >> when you do something you have to understand why you are doing it and you can't say and come in and say, i will make
good money. construction's not like that you have to want to do it because it's not aedz work. you have to want to get up and go to work and do physical labor for 8 hourses. >> i lived next to biotechnology companies and was a recruiter. i was getting tired and felt sluggish. >> i knew from the first day we were outside being outside having fun, climboth ladder and hammer and the physical labor i knew it was something i would enjoy. to say i put 15 years into this and not retire a multimillionaire but retire healthy and feel good about the work i have done.
>> the greatest accomplishment is you drive by a building or bridge and say, i helped build that bridge or helped build the building on market street. the most greatest reward for me is i taught that student to work on the bay bridge. taught the student operating the crane that student was in my class. >> our goal is to have a core group of people, we are hoping it's over 50 percent of your grads complete and become journey people andup standing good roll models and citizens. the largest public works our city has season in many years going on now the private project that 1 rincon hill. huge project.
we had 5 or 6 people work on that project thus far. the rebuilding of the academy of science in golden gate park. the rebuilding of our public hospital laguna honda this is on going work with the same contract ors that move successful apprentices from one project to another and keep them working for several years. the construction workers of the future to be the superintendents the construction owners. that's the perfect thing there. that's success. i'm nicole and lindsey, i like the fresh air. when we sign up, it's always so gratifying. we want to be here.
so i'm very excite ied to be here today. >> your volunteerism is appreciated most definitely. >> last year we were able to do 6,000 hours volunteering. without that we can't survive. volunteering is really important because we can't do this. it's important to understand and a concept of learning how to take care of this park. we have almost a 160
acres in the district 10 area. >> it's fun to come out here. >> we have a park. it's better to take some of the stuff off the fences so people can look at the park. >> the street, every time, our friends. >> i think everybody should give back. we are very fortunate. we are successful with the company and it's time to give back. it's a great place for us. the weather is nice. no rain. beautiful san francisco. >> it's a great way to be able to have fun and give back and