Janet and Oscar Valent of Carlsbad have made sustainable energy a way of life. Since purchasing their 1947-built home five years ago, they have renovated it to use far less energy and stay more comfortable throughout summer and winter.
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An innovative financing method is helping thousands of homeowners across San Diego County to lower their utility bills by installing solar panels, insulation and high-efficiency heating and cooling systems. Their home improvement projects became affordable by using a loan program called PACE, for property assessed clean energy.
Installing solar power at the Kensington Veterinary Hospital on Adams Avenue seemed like a great way to combine long-held environmental values with a need for increased electricity, according to co-owner Dr. Patricia Ungar. Now that solar panels are producing a third of the pet center’s energy and providing up to a 40 percent utility bill savings, she’s also feeling a great deal of financial satisfaction.
MASH program brought 2.6 MW of solar & $10 million in rebates
The final project in a program that has provided 2.6 megawatts of clean solar power to low-income San Diegans was dedicated during ceremonies at the Townspeople Apartments in Normal Heights on Wednesday, Nov. 20.
For San Diego hospitality entrepreneur Brett Miller, who acquires, upgrades and operates boutique hotels, restaurants and recreational properties, being green is simply the right thing to do, but if he can be green and get a good return on investment, it’s even better.
Originally published in the San Diego Business Journal August 2014 edition of “Sustainable San Diego.”
Legislative actions in California are shaping the potential of energy storage to serve a greater role in future, as the state continues the transition to procuring more renewable energy from solar photovoltaic systems, according to Rebecca Feuerlicht, project manager of CSE’s Self-Generation Incentive Program. She gave a presentation on energy storage at the Intersolar North America conference in San Francisco on July 8.