Thursday, July 23, 2009

LA Community Gets Solar & WiFi in One

Open Neighborhoods®, a neighborhood social networking service, today announced that it has selected SolarCity®, a national leader in solar power system design, financing, installation, monitoring and related services, for a new program designed to increase clean energy production and public broadband access in the Mar Vista neighborhood of Los Angeles.

SolarCity is extending a price discount and affordable financing options on residential and commercial solar systems to Mar Vista residents and businesses participating in the GoSolar Mar Vista community program. In addition, SolarCity will work with Open Neighborhoods to provide free rooftop Wi-Fi antennas linking participants with public broadband access via the Open Mar Vista community Wi-Fi network.

GoSolar Mar Vista was introduced last summer with a goal of promoting awareness of available renewable energy incentives and establishing a goal of 100% clean energy in Mar Vista by 2018. The initiative was inspired by Al Gore’s Alliance for Climate Protection and its Repower America campaign for 100% clean energy by 2018.

“With the year-round sunshine we receive -- and roughly half the cost of rooftop solar panels subsidized by state and federal incentives and tax rebates, it became clear to us that we can certainly reach 100% clean electricity by 2018 in Mar Vista,” said Open Neighborhoods co-founder James Brennan.

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