"Clearly there would be a much higher demand for free solar panels over discounted ones that are still very expensive," he said. "And because the panels would be owned by the city, all of the savings and revenue could be put right back into building more renewables and efficiency projects, instead of going into the pockets of private property owners."
Proponents of the mayor's plan argue that the city can build more solar panels — faster — by diverting public funds to the private sector. "While on its face this is technically true, it is actually a dead-end path," Brooks said. "Yes, a little more solar would be built a little more quickly. However, once those private panels are built the city will get nothing from them."
Full disclosure: Murphy is Amanda Witherell's landlord.