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jpak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 10:44 AM
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Long Beach Homeowners Sign Up for 175 kilowatts of Solar Systems

SolarCity, a California provider of solar energy systems, has successfully completed its latest marketing program in Long Beach, where some 50 homeowners purchased a total of 175 kilowatts of clean power more than double the amount city residents purchased in all of 2007, and the largest number of homes to go solar in a four-month period in the city's history.

In just 16 months since programs inception, the Community Solar Program has brought 2.7 megawatts of renewable energy to homeowners across the state. SolarCity first created the Community Solar Program in 2006 as a revolutionary approach to creating financial incentives for neighborhoods that go solar together.

Through economies of scale and the efficiencies realized in centralizing equipment and employees, SolarCity is offering discounts of up to 25 percent off market rates, and install systems quickly, if neighborhoods meet program goals. SolarCity's Community Solar Program has been an effective means for instituting change on a community-level in cities and towns all across California. The program not only affords communities a faster path to energy independence and financial savings, but also a powerful means of helping reduce their carbon footprints.

Statewide, the 2.7 megawatts of new solar power systems will collectively prevent the release of 2,160 tons of C02 annually -- roughly equivalent to planting nearly 60,000 trees.

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