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Making Solar Affordable in San Diego

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Aired 7/13/09

A company that creates a buying club to make solar more affordable for homeowners is now offering its services in San Diego. "One Block Off the Grid" is the largest residential solar community purchasing group in the country.

— A company that creates a buying club to make solar more affordable for homeowners is now offering its services in San Diego. "One Block Off the Grid" is the largest residential solar community purchasing group in the country.

San Francisco-based "One Block Off the Grid" organizes groups of homeowners interested in purchasing solar power and then they negotiate group discounts with solar installers.

The group's Co-Founder and General Manager is Dave Llorens.

He says having multiple solar projects in one neighborhood is one of the reasons for the discounted installation rate.

"But also removing a lot of the marketing costs for the installer,"Llorens says. "And we do a lot of viral grassroots outreach that's free and then we can pass that marketing savings on to our customers."

He says the grassroots includes e-mail, lawn signs, house parties and community organizing.

Llorens says each home is different, but the group rate, along with a federal tax credit and California rebate, reduces the average cost about 50% from what a homeowner might pay on their own.

He says so far 700 San Diego homeowners have signed up. The deadline is August 7.

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FreeCleanSolar | July 14, 2009 at 12:12 p.m. ― 5 years, 4 months ago

San Diego homeowners and business owners can save 50% off the cost installing solar. This includes the 30% federal energy tax credit and almost 20% California state rebate. You can reduce your electric bill to near $0 and increase the value of your home while doing something good for the Earth.

It's always best to get multiple quotes for any home improvement, and solar is no different. There are also many financing programs available to minimize your out of pocket costs. If you want to do something about this today, then visit a site like FreeCleanSolar to search a nationwide network of 500 local solar installers. You can also find information about state solar rebates, federal tax credits, solar financing, system costs and the benefits of going solar. The bottom line is that many homeowners and business owners can afford solar power today, and the prices have never been lower!

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