More and more Californians are turning to the sun to reduce their energy costs. But for many, even with so many tax calculators and estimators availablesolar panels remain an expensive option.
NBC Bay Area’s Joe Rizada Jr. shows us a new program that hopes to fix that problem.
Longtime Sierra Club member Dan Raddenmacher has an activist soul.
Over the years, he’s dreamed up this activist dream of solar panels adorning the roof of his Oakland home.
We thought about it for a long time and in the past it was pretty damn expensive, so it’s something we’re willing to spend several thousand dollars on.
Last summer, Raddenmacher finally got his wish, it didn’t even cost him anything.
The math behind solar panels
I guess it was more like going out to dinner at a cheap restaurant once a month, and less like buying a car.
He was able to tap into his inner sun thanks to an innovative new program from the solar panel company SunGevity.
Now we have a lease that allows you to go green with no down payment, no deposit required.
Pay as you go.
The company rents solar panels to customers, allowing them to reduce their energy costs over time with a clear energy conscience.
This house may go from a 20 ton carbon footprint over the next decade to 1 ton of carbon. So this is a massive reduction.
What is the next step for the installation of solar panels in the area
Today the Sierra Club announced that it is partnering with the company to encourage its 1.4 million members to go green.
Now we’re flexing our traditional militant muscles, the grassroots Sierra Club way to solutions.
The director says solar panels are still too expensive for many homeowners, but creative schemes are making them more affordable.
Not only are the solutions to our environmental problems there, but they are practical and affordable problems.
Installing solar panels on your roofs is easy to do and the DIY solar panels option can also be supported.
Raddenmacher says the program initially increased his bill by about $30 per month, but he expects to save money on the 10-year lease…