SunWork Community Connection
Check Out Our Installation Maps Spring/Summer 2017
installation sites for the Bay Area and California's Central Coast are
now available online. Nonprofit installations include a photo of the
system size. Check it out here.
total installations now top 640 homes and 25 nonprofit buildings
totaling over 2,900 kilowatts. We thank the computer science
students at UC Santa Cruz who created this map.
Note: street adresses are not include for residential installations.
SunWork Installs Solar
for the San Francisco Estuary InstituteThe
San Francisco Estuary Institute, SFEI.org,
premier scientific institute employing over two dozen scientists
understand, visualize and manage SF Bay and Estuary water quality.
the waterfront in Richmond, SFEI wanted plenty of solar for their
and for their three newly installed EV charging stations.
Thanks to help from a grant from the Bay Area Air Quality
Management District (BAAQMD), SFEI was able to afford installation of a
system along with three EV charging stations.
SFEI selected SunWork to install a 60-panel, 17.4 kilowatt
system in May
2018. SFEI has a perfect roof for solar, easy to access, easy to walk
on, and with fantastic 360 degree views. SunWork founder Reuben Veek
installation, Senior Environmental Scientist Don Yee from SFEI
helped on the installation, as did numerous SunWork volunteers. With all the
it was possible to complete the installation in a week, with all 60
installed in just 2 days.
Central Coast Public Radio HighlightsSunWork
unique business model was highlighted on
KCBX’s hour-long Central
Coast Voices program earlier this year. Tom Kabat, SunWork Board
interviewed by Fred Munroe, who hosts the program.
Linda Seeley (a SunWork client from Los Osos)
and Saoirse Wendy (a SunWork volunteer who’s a part of the California
Conservation Corps in San Luis Obispo) joined Tom and Fred on the
providing their perspectives. The program covered a wide range of
topics, including SunWork's experience in bringing its approach to the
Central Coast,, solar economics, global warming, what it's like to
volunteer, etc. Here is a link to the KCBX podcast.
What’s up with Community
Community Choice Energy (CCE), also known as Community
Choice Aggregation, is probably the biggest change in the California energy industry
that most people have never heard of. CCE changes ownership of electricity
generating plants from large investor-owned utilities, to locally controlled nonprofit
agencies. PG&E (and the other large utilities) continue to own the power
poles and wires and all the “transmission and distribution infrastructure” but
CCE programs choose how and where to generate power, with an emphasis on clean,
local, renewable energy.
There were no CCE customers in 2010, however, by 2025 at
least 80% of all ratepayers in California are expected to be on a CCE program. Check
out the status of your local CCE here.
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