Habitat for Humanity builds houses for the needy throughout the country (world?) and now those lucky enough to have a house built for them will have minimal, if any, electric bills to go along with the house. Pacific Gas & Electric has agreed to a $1.2 million partnership with Habitat to install solar electric systems on every Habitat-built home throughout PG&E’s northern and central California service territory in 2007. Nicely done guys!
The first-of-its-kind $1.2 million partnership will allow for 65 homes to be outfitted with energy-saving solar arrays in 2007. These solar panels will each generate nearly 300kWh of clean, renewable energy from sunlight each month saving the families approximately $500 a year on energy costs. Each panel will also help avoid the release of more than 132,000 pounds of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere over the 30-year life of the system.
So not only is it good for those people receiving the houses, but it is also good for the rest of us because of the reduced emissions. Sure, it makes good sense for a utility company to promote the use of solar, but remember…the less energy these houses need from the grid means less profits for the company. Of course, it does make for good press, but this is the kind of corporate press I can appreciate!
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