San Francisco renews investment in solar

Phil Ting's picture

GoSolarSF got another $5 million this year.  In the two years since GoSolarSF started, we have doubled the number of megawatts from 5 to almost 10 and tripled the number of solar buildings from 583 to over 1700.  So the investment works, but what can do to make it better?  What else can we do to make sure every building in SF has solar?  We can't take our success for granted.

Stan's picture

We can start by showing

We can start by showing people how much they can save: http://news.cnet.com/8301-17939_109-10102844-2.html

adpostal's picture

Energy Saving Projects

While solar panels create energy without producing any greenhouse gas emissions, I feel that there might be other ways to reduce the city's carbon footprint that are even simpler than solar panels.  One is improving the insulation in the city's infrastructure.  By updating things like insulation and windows in buildings can save just as much, if not more energy, as solar panels.  Thoughts?

CJC's picture

Cities like Vancouver are

Cities like Vancouver are uniting around grand visions of making their city the Greenest in the World by 2020. http://talkgreenvancouver.ca/

Why doesn't San Francisco, one of the world's most progressive cities, not have similar aspirations? Not only would it help clean up the city, it would give San Francisco even more brand recognition so it could continue to be one of the most famous and most visited city in the world.

Phil Ting's picture

We should do it all

Great point about insulation!  Energy efficiency improvements such as weather stripping, wrapping water heaters, lighting, energy usage, insulation and water recapture are extremely cost effective.  They are great improvements to do before you install solar panels or a wind turbine.  We need to both - its not an either or situation.

Here's more info for you all!

http://www.recurve.com/problems-we-solve/

http://www.recurve.com/community/home-star/

Phil Ting's picture

We should do it all

Great point about insulation!  Energy efficiency improvements such as weather stripping, wrapping water heaters, lighting, energy usage, insulation and water recapture are extremely cost effective.  They are great improvements to do before you install solar panels or a wind turbine.  We need to both - its not an either or situation.

Here's more info for you all!

http://www.recurve.com/problems-we-solve/

http://www.recurve.com/community/home-star/

gcotter's picture

Solar

 I have solar panels on my home - I've had them for over 10 years and am totally convinced that solar should be installed on every roof of every building in San Francisco. 

But I also insulated my ceiling, replaced my windows with double paned glass, and did all the other things to improve energy efficientcy.  However, there is only so much that a single homeowner can do.  We need to push for building codes that mandate energy improvements and insist that public building and corporate buildings do the same.

We still need to push solar wherever we can.  All new construction should be required to have solar installed - homes, offices, stores, etc.

 

China and Green Energy

I agree with all the above points, solar water heating is also a really great option - it provides heated water for your whole house and is much more efficient than photovoltaics.

In terms of widescale support for green energy manufacturing and support for smart grids, San Francisco and other major US cities should take stock of how much investment other countries are giving to green energy, like China. GOOD magazine recently shared out an infographic from the WellHome company blog, which provides products and resources for improving energy efficiency of existing residential homes.

http://www.good.is/post/everything-you-want-to-know-about-energy-in-chin...

The infographic really clearly shows how much growth China has had in wind energy and solar. Solar in particular has China producing about 30% of the world's supply of photovoltaic cells. If we want to stay competitive in the new green economy, we're going to have to step up our game and work with our Asian business partners to leverage their expertise.

SophieT's picture

Solar Panel Incentives-Will SF tax incentives run out?

Are we going to run out of incentive funds and tax write offs for solar energy? Will my electric bill go up if I start using solar energy, I thought it was supposed to go down, yet I'm getting charged even more? Why are solar panels so expensive? How do solar panels collect the energy and keep it for night time? Will the cost of solar panels go down once tax write offs become unavailable and people can no longer afford them?

 

These are all of the questions about solar panels that people brought up this morning at the environment conversation at Food for Thought. Where can I go to find good answers? Anyone have any solutions? Please teach me San Franciscans.

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