Published on November 2nd, 2012 | by Chelsea


Solar Panels On Habitat For Humanity Homes In CA

November 2nd, 2012 by  

It’s solar Friday around these parts (job growth! innovation! sabotage!), with the news getting more and more awesome. Solar isn’t just for the rich, and it doesn’t only belong on skyscrapers and McMansions, but also on homes for families who qualify for Habitat for Humanity.

PG&E has donated about $1.7 million in the form of solar panels for 64 Habitat homes in the Bay Area. The solar paneled homes generate about 300 kilowatt hours a month and cause a yearly reduction in utility bills of about $500.

Overall, Habitat for Humanity is no environmental slouch these days, recently registering its 100th LEED certified home in Michigan.

Source: Solar Power World

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is a former newspaper reporter who has spent the past few years teaching English in Poland, Finland and Japan. When she wasn't teaching or writing, Chelsea was traveling Europe and Asia, sampling spicy street food along the way.

  • Daniel Ferra

    Petition Background
    Hello, go to Facebook, Daniel Ferra, Palm Springs Ca. to sign Petition.
    California law does not allow home owners to size their Solar systems larger than what they use. In order to get the California Solar Initiative (CSI) rebate, the customer is not allowed to install a system that inherently over-produces more than what is needed for his home.
    The Feed-in Tariff can not be earned if you receive a rebate from your utility company for solar panels or if you are participating in other utility solar incentives programs such as the CSI. It also can not be earned if you are participating in net metering, which only pays one time a year under the AB 920 California Solar Surplus Act.
    Our Feed-In Tariff should mirror Germany and Japan, where residential FIT is 30 cents – 50 cents per kwh.
    The 4 cents per kwh currently administered as a one-time-a-year payment is not adequate and stops our own citizens from participating in our struggle to reduce green house gases.
    The California Public Utility commission can change the FIT to 25 cents per kwh, and distribute the solution to all tax-paying citizens, who should not be deliberately handcuffed. Residential home owners should be allowed to participate in the State mandated goal to achieve 33% renewable energy by 2020.
    California resident who purchase an electric vehicle can expect a 60% increase in their electric bill, as shown by a study done by Purdue University in summer of 2010.

    Due to these laws, we have automatically taken out over 8 million roof tops, that would generate over 11,500MW of power, thats 5 San Onofre nuclear power plants.
    We need to let our tax paying, home owning citizens in on a Feed in Tariff that pays 25 cents per kwh.
    In the spirit of Bill McKibben and for our children and eaarth, lets make real global sustaining changes for all of us.

  • El Ruco

    All new construction should have solar panels, and even the rest of America, Germany has been doing that on ALL new constructions, and even rent their empty roof tops for whomever needs extra room to place them. WAKE UP AMERICA!!!

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