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Greetings from Jennifer Ross -  Realtor


I recently took a course to become a "Green" certified realtor. I learned everything from building a Green energy efficient home to qualifying and obtaining State rebates.   Wow, was this course an eye opening experience! Okay, okay so I'm only semi-green but I'm getting there. 

I have drought tolerant plants on one of my properties, seldom use heat to warm the house and switched to some fluorescent bulbs.  I actually paid $20 for a desktop lamp bulb and almost fainted...really?!?  The salesman promised it would last over 10,000 hours and I felt better. I wash my laundry in cold water and hang most to air dry. I don't eat much meat and recycle clothes and furniture. I'm now unplugging more and am aware of my electrical consumption. I take short showers. I concentrate on purchasing food from local farmers and am trying to figure out how I could compost on my rooftop deck :-)?  There is so much more to green living than recycling - it's truly a way of life!



Solar for Renters and Homeowners  

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has requested approval of its new solar proposal called Connected to the Sun. The proposal complements rooftop solar and includes two different pilot programs that would give all SDG&E customers options to buy solar power even if they do not own a home, cannot afford a solar investment, or do not have the ability to put photovoltaic panels on their roof. Customers could choose to buy all or some of their energy from solar projects located in SDG&E's service territory or negotiate directly with a local solar provider.


"Research shows that fewer than 30 percent of our customers currently can take advantage of rooftop solar either because of structural, shading or ownership issues," said James P. Avery, senior vice president of power supply for SDG&E.  "Our proposal would expand solar access to all of our customers and also open up a new potential market for solar developers.  With the addition of more clean solar energy, our communities, the environment and our region will benefit," added Avery.


The proposal includes two pilot program elements designed to gauge the level of interest among customers for whom rooftop solar may not be a viable option:

  • Share the Sun -- This community solar pilot program would open up a new potential market for solar providers.  Up to 10 megawatts (MW) of solar power will be available for the program from projects owned by solar providers.  Customers could acquire a portion of the power produced by a solar-energy system in SDG&E's service area to cover all or part of their electricity use and receive a bill credit for the value of the solar power their portion generates.  The "green attributes" of the solar power would belong to the customer and would not be applied toward SDG&E's renewable portfolio goals. However, SDG&E will take delivery of all the energy from these projects, and any unsubscribed energy will be added to SDG&E's renewable portfolio, but will be over and above what is procured to meet the 33 percent renewables target. 
  • SunRate -- With this pilot program, customers could have their energy supplied from local solar projects already under contract to SDG&E. As much as 10 MW will be available under this "green" rate.  Customers would buy the solar energy from SDG&E to cover 50 percent, 75 percent, or all of their energy use. The price will be based on the cost of the solar energy from the local solar projects. A minimum one-year commitment is required.

"Our ' the sun' proposal provides options for an easy, affordable way customers can meet their energy needs with locally generated solar power no matter where they live," said Avery.  "By participating in one of these pilot programs, they could benefit from economies of scale and optimal solar sites that will help drive down costs, while also having the flexibility to take their solar subscription with them if they move within SDG&E's service area."


The advantage of large solar projects is that they can be built to maximize system benefits and minimize costs by selecting locations with the best sun exposure. And, because these pilot programs won't rely on rate subsidies, customers will have greater economic certainty by being able to lock in the price of the solar commodity over the term of their contract.



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 Gorgeous townhome with AFFORDABLE HOA FEES. Complex features tennis court & pool area and just across the street from neighborhood  park and playground. End unit boasts tall ceilings, plantation shutters, wood floors in kitchen and entry, new interior paint, baseboards & carpet in neutral designer tones.



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Jennifer Ross


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