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California now has 1 million solar roofs. Are 1 million batteries next?

For Clovis Unified School District outside Fresno, the economics of solar power have been too good to pass up.

And for the solar industry, the district’s investments in sun-generated electricity have helped fuel a milestone 14 years in the making.

Clovis Unified has installed solar systems covering parking lots and play areas at 47 of the 52 school sites it operates — and more installations are planned. Five high schools also have lithium-ion batteries, which store energy for use after the sun goes down.

Read more: https://www.latimes.com/environment/story/2019-12-12/california-clean-energy-milestone-1-million-solar-roofs

Game-changing: Homeowners can now pay for rooftop solar on their mortgages

by Brian Eckhouse, Bloomberg

There’s a new way for homeowners to pay for rooftop solar panels. It’s called a mortgage.

Loanpal, led by two former SolarCity Corp. executives, provides loans for rooftop solar panels, then offers to bundle them into conventional 30-year mortgages. It allows customers to spread payments out over decades and, the company says, lower costs.

Read more: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-11-07/ex-solarcity-execs-are-baking-solar-loans-into-home-mortgages

We aim to put solar on every roof

By Geoffrey Smith, Solar Energy Program Coordinator

Solar Sonoma County (SSC), a program of The Climate Center, has the information you need to go solar now.

This fall we held our first Solar House Party. It went very well. On a recent Saturday morning in Santa Rosa’s Junior College neighborhood, our party host welcomed friends and neighbors into their home to see first-hand the new rooftop solar system they installed, with the help of our Clean Energy Advocate (CEA) program. The host explained how the Advocate (that would be me) answered their questions about solar energy and the available technologies – modules, inverters, and financing options. They shared the competing proposals that they received from some of our Qualified Vendors. And with a high degree of excitement, they explained how their electricity bill had dropped significantly since they had the solar system installed several months earlier.

This is neighbors talking to neighbors about an exciting clean energy solution. What better way to get an honest opinion about rooftop solar than from the neighbor down the street who has gone through the process?

This advocate is happy to report that a half-dozen of those Solar House Party attendees have themselves begun the process of going solar for their own homes, using our Clean Energy Advocate program. This is a very good thing for our climate as well as the local economy!

Learn more about our Solar House Parties here, http://www.solarsonomacounty.org/home/solar-house-parties.  

A party is coming to a neighborhood near you soon! We’d love to see you there.