Now that the state\u2019s budget is passed, Gov. Jerry Brown is pushing to prioritize his plan to see California develop 12,000 MW of distributed, renewable power generation capacity. The governor added vigor to his effort at a sweeping conference in Los Angeles July 25-26. The meeting, organized by the University of California at Los Angeles, covered everything from Brown\u2019s vision for multiplying solar rooftops on homes and businesses, to the nitty-gritty details of how to make it happen, including financing, permitting, system warranties, fire safety issues, and grid integration. The aim was to identify hurdles and build consensus on how to eliminate them. California Energy Commission chair Bob Weisenmiller said Brown\u2019s massive distributed generation plan could help the state deal with the \u201ctwin challenges of climate change and the great recession.\u201d California\u2019s on its way toward Brown\u2019s 12,000 MW goal, noted Jeanne Clinton, California Public Utilities Commission Energy Division manager. The California Solar Initiative and a variety of utility programs for small-scale generation seek a total of more than 5,850 MW of distributed renewable generation facilities in the years ahead, almost half of the governor\u2019s goal, according to Clinton. To date, Clinton said, the state has about 800 MW of distributed generation facilities in place. Weisenmiller said the state itself could augment existing programs by placing solar panels on government-owned buildings and rights-of-way. He estimated up to 2,500 MW of capacity could be installed on state properties, though little is in place at present. Public utilities also can play a role, according to Ron Nichols, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power general manager. Nichols said the muni is eyeing a feed-in tariff for up to 75 MW of rooftop solar power by 2016. He added, however, that to meet its proportional share of Brown\u2019s goal, the muni would have to integrate 1,200 MW of distributed generation into its system. That\u2019s about 35 to 40 percent of its average load. Questions remain about the cost-effectiveness of reaching that level, according to Nichols. Others stressed the potential of Brown\u2019s goal to foster new jobs and economic development. Environment California clean energy programs director Bernadette Del Chiaro said the state has 1,000 companies working in the solar field that employ 30,000 people. Environment California released a study July 28 stating that 500,000 Californians are working in the larger green jobs sector, including solar energy, and that the number is projected to double or even quadruple by 2020. A Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies analysis presented at the meeting showed that if half of Brown\u2019s goal was met through photovoltaic installations, it would employ 10,400 construction workers for 10 years, generating $4.2 billion in payroll. In addition, the analysis said, the solar systems would generate another $4.8 billion over the next 20 years in payroll for those involved in operating and maintaining them. Brown\u2019s plan is not restricted to distributed solar systems. It also could encompass other small-scale distributed generating systems, such as fuel cells, biomass, and wind technologies.