Posts Tagged ‘panels’

Fillmore the VW Transporter Goes Solar with Photovoltaic Panels – Plus a Bike When You Actually Need to Go Someplace

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Note electrical cables coming down from the roof.

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Park this rig near free WiFi and you’ll have all the comforts of home while saving thousands on rent each month:

Heroic Photovoltaic Backpack Solar Man Graces San Francisco – His Achilles Heel is Fog, Not Kryptonite

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

IDK, if I had a backpack like this, I’d probably give it to someone who could use it, you know, somebody living off the grid or in an arid, equatorial land…

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Photovoltaic Solar Panels Have Come to San Franciscos Public Housing Projects

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

That big residential solar project in the Lower Haight / Western Addition / Hayes Valley from SunWheel Energy Partners just went live. The juice, she  is flowing.

See all the deets in this 15 minute video - it’s just like being there.

San Francisco Assessor-Recorder Phil “The Thrill” Ting was there for the ribbon-cutting…

…as was District 5 Supervisor Ross “The Boss” Mirkarimi:

San Francisco Affordable Housing Sites Power On Solar Energy
 
Federal, State and Local Officials, Site Residents and Community Members Celebrate Green Energy and New Jobs at Western Addition Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
 
San Francisco, CA, January 26, 2010 – On Monday, January 25, 2010, Sunwheel Energy Partners, which provides turnkey solar energy systems for urban and community partners, celebrated the commissioning of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems at three affordable housing community sites in San Francisco’s Western Addition and Hayes Valley neighborhoods — bringing solar power, green jobs and financial relief to residents and owners.  The ribbon cutting ceremony at Plaza East Apartments was widely attended by a notable group of federal, state and local officials as well as the site’s residents and community members who were hired to install the solar panels.
 
Dignitaries in attendance included Henry Alvarez, Executive Director, San Francisco Housing Authority; Timothy Alan Simon, CPUC Commissioner; Phil Ting, SF Assessor-Recorder; David Rubin, Director of Service Analysis, PG&E; Michael Carlin, SFPUC Deputy General Manager; Neola Gans, Vice President, SF Housing Authority Commission; Caroline Krewson, Deputy Regional Director, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; Stephen Schneller, Director, San Francisco Office of Public Housing; Ross Mirkarimi, San Francisco Supervisor; and representatives of Speaker Nancy Pelosi and U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer’s offices. Senator Mark Leno issued a proclamation commending the site.

Even more deets, after the jump

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Photovoltaic Solar Panels Coming to San Francisco’s Public Housing Projects

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

Well, read all about it. Rooftop solar is coming to the Hayes Valley North, and South, and Plaza East housing projects in the greater Western Addition / Lower Haight area.

The Future is Now. Click to expand:

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The mise-en-scene this morning, including Mayor Gavin Newsom, Rev. Amos Brown, Public Utilities Commission Director Ed Harrington, District 8 Supervisor hopeful Laura Spanjian, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Deputy District Director Melanie Nutter. The roof you can see upper left is slated for a panel or two:

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Mr. Mayor was going on about San Francisco being number one in California rooftop photovoltaic solar installations on a per capita basis - his statement was just one caveat shy of being operational. It would appear the rich yuppies and less-rich granolas of ridiculously-named Nevada City, California, to name just one city, have erected a ginourmous number of rooftop panels. Maybe he meant San Francisco County. Oh, here’s the caveat – “large” city. Doesn’t match what he was actually saying today, but that fixes the error. In front of a sample PV panel and betwixt MLK and Barack Obama from somebody’s bedroom window across the street:

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So how much is “365 kw?” Well, I’m not sure what that figure means. It could mean maximum power in ideal conditions. You’ll just have to do an install and then measure what you get on a sunny day, ’cause every installation of PV is unique. If it helps to compare, the 5.4 litre engine from a used Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 can put out more power than what the solar panels at Hayes Valley North, and South, and Plaza East together will be capable of producing at maximum.

(In other vehicular matters, no, the mayor’s SUV wasn’t sitting idling during the entire event - that’s an improvement.)

And in other vehicular matters once again, this was the scene at the end of the block where the news conference was held. Scratch one laptop. Is it being fenced right now? Probably.

Oh well.

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The Fixing Broken Windows theory in action.

Anywho, el comunicado de prensa de hoy:

 MAYOR NEWSOM ANNOUNCES FIRST SOLAR INSTALLATIONS AT S.F. PUBLIC HOUSING  SITES; CREATES GREEN-COLLAR JOBS

 Newsom also announces 450% increase in San Francisco solar applications since inception of solar rebate program

Mayor Gavin Newsom today announced plans to install over 365 kw of
solar panels on the San Francisco Housing Authority properties of
Hayes Valley North and South and Plaza East through San Francisco’s
GoSolarSF Initiative. The solar panels will provide hundreds of thousands
of kilowatts of clean, renewable electricity to public housing residents.
The project is expected to create 25 jobs and be completed by the end of
the year.
“With initiatives like GoSolarSF, San Francisco is lighting the way with
solar power,” said Mayor Newsom. “Solar power will reduce greenhouse gases,
grow our green economy, and lead the state towards a future of clean,
renewable energy.”

More deets after the jump.

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San Francisco’s Old-School Victorian Houses Go Solar Photovoltaic

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

Now back in the day, rooftop solar meant routing black water pipes up there, so you could heat your water for free. High tech photovoltaic panels, where sunlight converts directly to electricity, were reserved for astronauts ‘n stuff.

But these days, you can fork over $27,000 for a 3 KW system and you’ll end up making your own electricity with something like this on your pointy, pointy roof.

As seen on Ashbury Street near Haight in sometimes sunny San Francisco:

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