Monday, June 21, 2010

Solar company challenges candidates

An Oakland-based solar company has challenged Meg Whitman and Jerry Brown to install photovoltaic panels on their homes.

"We are asking our state's candidates to step up to the plate," said Danny Kennedy, founder of Sungevity, in a statement. "We're asking Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman to lead by example and support our growing clean economy where jobs and the environment work together."

The company is promoting a similar effort, entitled "Globama," to get the White House to install a 17.86 kW solar system. Sungevity says it will reduce the energy bills of the president's residence by 81 percent. Others involved in the White House effort include Solar Energy Industries Association, Post Carbon Institute, CleanTechies, Solar Nation and

There was no mention on the Sungevity Web site as to whether either candidate accepted. Sungevity says it will install the systems, should either say yes, by charging only a monthly fee for electricity used, the "main way solar is consumed in California – on a lease."

The San Joaquin Valley Clean Energy Organization is a nonprofit dedicated to improving our region's quality of life by increasing its production and use of clean and alternative energy. The SJVCEO works with cities and counties and public and private organizations to demonstrate the benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy throughout the eight-county region of the San Joaquin Valley.

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