SunWork Community Connection
Spring/Summer 2017 issue
SPOTLIGHT: Rosana Francescato
known for her prolific solar advocacy (@solarrosana). However, for many
years she was unable to go solar. In 2010 she lived in a condo in San
Francisco, but despite her efforts, she couldn’t get through the HOA
challenges to get panels on the roof. Two years ago, that changed. She
bought a house in Oakland, took time to figure out her energy usage,
considered financing alternatives including a prepaid PPA, and compared
multiple solar bids. With an electricity bill averaging under
$100/month, she chose SunWork. READ MORE...
Volunteer Spotlight: Chris Satterlee
SunWorkv olunteers take on
various roles that help make solar more affordable for nonprofits and
low-energy-use homes. Most focus on solar installations, but others
help improve the SunWork website, perform market research, assist at
outreach events, etc. One volunteer, however, has been playing an
especially important role for the last couple of years.Chris Satterlee
has taken on the responsibility of leading SunWork’svolunteer training
sessions on the Peninsula and in the South Bay. This role is crucial
because he teaches not only the basics of solar energy and solar
installation, but also imparts safety best practices that are vital to
ensuring the well-being of SunWork’svolunteers.
focused his talents for innovation on improving SunWork’straining
sessions. One example is the development of an animated slide
presentation that’s now used whenever our volunteers are trained.This
has improved the effectiveness of the sessions and enabled newly
trained volunteers to hit the ground running on their first
A Good Solar Project Starts with Efficiency
thinking about solar, it's generally a good time to consider enhancing
efficiency. Even in a home that’s already quite efficient, there are
almost always opportunities for cost-effective improvements.
is the best way to save money on your utility bills and improve the
environment at the same time.It can also save you money by letting you
install a smaller rooftop solar system. Efficiency can also be enhanced
by moving to an electric vehicle(this might increase the size of a
rooftop system, but would improve overall efficiency nonetheless).
Various rebate, loan, and information programs are available to help,
* go to PGE.com, search on “rebates”, and select “Rebates by Product”
Wildlife Sanctuary Harnesses Solar to Support Mission
Associates provides nationally acclaimed educational programs
throughout the Greater San Francisco Bay Area. At their 120-acre
wildlife sanctuary in Half Moon Bay, they care for more than 50
non-releasable animals that could not survive in the wild.
2016, SunWork and our volunteers installed 90 solar panels, creating a
27 kW system to power Wildlife Associates operations. SunWork partnered
with EveryBody Solar who identified the opportunity, raised funds for
the project and worked with several companies for donations.Jinko Solar
provided the solar panels, Enphase donated the inverters and Mounting
Systemsprovided the mounting hardware.
Check out the video of Bruce Holaday, Wildlife Associates Executive Director, along with volunteer photos here.
Community Choice Energy a Plus for the Environment & Solar Customers
continues to show innovation in bringing clean energy to the
grid.Community Choice Energy (CCE) programs are rolling out throughout
California, which in the Bay Area will replace PG&E as the supplier
of electricity for most residencesand businesses.PG&E is still
responsible for transmission, distribution and billing, however your
CCE, a Joint Powers Authority formed by local cities and/or the county,
is responsible for purchasing the electricity.CCEs provide for higher
levels of renewable energy as a default versus PG&E and at
typically lower prices.
For solar homeowners, CCE's net metering
programs are better than PG&E's, especially if your system produces
more kilowatt-hours over the year than you consume.Overproducing
systems are paid full retail prices for the electricity generation
portion of the overproduction, not PG&E's ~2.7cents/kWh "generation
rate" as of July 2017 Most CCEs pay you more for the net energy you
send back to the grid, typically $.01per kilowatt-hour. READ MORE ...
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