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Famous “Painted Lady” House From “Full House” Goes Solar Via Sunrun


Light and color capturing the skyscape of the Painted Ladies of San Francisco evoke some of the most pleasant parts of urban life. Now, the most famous of those houses has solar panels on its roof.

Take a look at this short video below and catch a view of the Painted Ladies rooftops, but this time with solar panels settling into place on a roof you probably know from a popular old TV show. Historic homes benefit from solar as much as any do. The solar panels go up the stairs and out to the roofs in this video, carried by adept solar installers who are loving their work.

The house is a painterly view of architecture, urban landscape, and light, which thus lends itself to a more eco-friendly way of life. This Painted Lady’s homeowners desired a sustainable dimension, so they chose to install the panels on the roof, going with California-based Sunrun“The home sits on a row of classic Victorian homes that is one of San Francisco’s most photographed locations and recognized nationally from the opening scenes of the hit TV sitcom ‘Full House,'” Sunrun notes.


With environmentally sound and energy-efficient renovations, the house, constructed in 1892, sets a hopeful standard, “serving as an iconic example of preserving history while sustaining the future through renewable energy.”

Michael Grasso, chief marketing officer at Sunrun, said, “solar is really for everyone – and this development demonstrates that it’s possible to pay respect to the past while still keeping an eye to the future.” Sunrun adds:

  • The Painted Lady’s switch to solar not only reinforces California’s position as the leader in solar adoption, but symbolizes the mainstream adoption of solar across the U.S. In fact, May 2016 marked one million solar homes in America. It took more than 60 years for solar to hit the one million mark, but with growing consumer demand for cleaner, more affordable energy, that number is projected to double by 2018, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.
  • Like the majority of Sunrun customers, the Painted Lady homeowners opted for a solar lease. Sunrun was the nation’s first company to introduce the solar lease or “solar as a service” model, meaning the homeowner does not pay for the high upfront cost of owning their system – just the power it generates. Sunrun owns, installs and maintains the system, while the homeowner enjoys an average of 20 percent savings on their electric bills for 20 years.

The press release on the Sunrun website gives more firsts: “In addition to the home’s solar system, the Painted Lady will also be one of the first in the continental U.S. to pilot Sunrun’s solar + storage system, the Sunrun BrightBox™. The attached storage solution is designed to help the homeowners maximize their savings by storing excess energy the sun produces during the day to use later at night. The first BrightBox was installed in May in O’ahu and is available to homeowners in Hawai’i. Sunrun plans to offer its storage solution to more California homeowners and roll it out more broadly in the next five years.”

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Top image by King of Hearts via Wikimedia Commons (CC-BY-SA-3.0)


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Cynthia Shahan started writing after previously doing research and publishing work on natural birth practices. (Several unrelated publications) She is a licensed health care provider. She studied and practiced both Waldorf education, and Montessori education, mother of four unconditionally loving spirits, teachers, and environmentally conscious beings born with spiritual insights and ethics beyond this world. (She was able to advance more in this way led by her children.)


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