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Now is the Time for 100% Renewable Energy: Green

Cate Leger, Principal, Leger Wanaselja Architecture

It has never been easier or more important to shift to 100% renewable electricity to lower greenhouse gas emissions.

For a limited time, cities around the bay are again offering the SunShares program, providing the best deals in solar PV installations and electric cars and free guidance on how to shift to 100% renewable electricity.  By aggregating purchases, Sunshares is able to reduce solar installation costs by as much as 15%.  The program also offers pre-vetted solar installers and discounts on select zero-emission vehicles.  There are several online and in-person events to learn about options and ask questions.

Even with the current national political climate, the economics just keep getting better for 100% renewable electricity.  Costs for solar installation, batteries and electric cars keep dropping and federal tax credits and state and federal rebates continue to be offered.   Most homeowners will find it economically advantageous to install solar.  This is especially true if coupled with shifts from gas to electric demands, for example, swapping out gas water heaters, dryers, and cars for electric ones.  Coupled with solar PV installation, financial incentives are also possible for electric panel upgrades and EV chargers.  Registration is open now through November 15.

For renters and those not able to take advantage of the solar PV program, it is possible to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as well by simply opting to purchase 100% renewable electricity from local energy providers. SunShares also offers guidance on 100% renewable electricity purchase options.

To sign up or for more information visit bayareasunshares.org.