The Loma Prietan - February 2014

Bring a Little Sunshine into your life

You get a $750 credit

By Charles Schafer

If you own your own home, have you checked out your options for solar panels recently? Costs are way down. You can probably add solar power to your home and save money at the same time.

The Sierra Club advocates strongly for developing alternative energy, and particularly for energy generated close to where it is used. Rooftop solar is the perfect solution, so the Club has developed a program with Sungevity, a solar power provider, to provide rooftop solar power to our members (and to the public, no reason to discriminate)at a discounted rate. 

Last year, over 400 homeowners participated in this program. That will offset over 100 million pounds of carbon emissions, the equivalent of reducing driving by 114 million miles, or planting over 1.1 million trees. That’s not shabby!

Here is how it works. Sungevity buys and installs the equipment, then leases the package to you. The lease rates are usually less than those generally available,and Sungevity guarantees that your new electricity bill plus your lease payments will be less than your old electricity bill. Add to that the fact that you pay no up front fee, and you you get a $750 credit. You can see why this is so attractive. Sungevity will also pay $750 to the Loma Prieta Chapter, so our Chapter will win as well. And the local economy benefits from the creation of clean energy jobs. So we figure this is a win-win-win-win-win. The environment benefits, you benefit, the Chapter benefits, the local economy benefits, and so does Sungevity for that matter.

What are you waiting for? Go to www.sierraclub.org/solarhomes now. It takes just two minutes to request your free, no obligation iquote. Then you can get on the bandwagon for energy savings.

Author Bio: Charles Schafer is member of the Loma Prieta executive committee and a PCS member.