Thirty-six Clovis, CA families joined together in a group-based purchase of solar power for their homes. By joining together to hire SolarCity, the group saved 20 percent of the cost of converting a single residence. The group will collectively offset 4.3 million lb of carbon over the next 30 years — the equivalent of 4,536 barrels of oil, according to SolarCity. SolarCity has operated 14 of these collective programs in California. “By forming this collective, we’re gaining enough leverage to really lower barrier of entry for solar conversion, making it finally affordable to invest in systems large enough to pay for our electric bills and significantly increase property values,” says Wellman Shew, a Clovis resident who helped lead the program.
A Clovis, CA home that has been converted to solar power.
California’s plan to mandate an electric vehicle market isn’t the first such undertaking and certainly won’t be the last. But as the Golden State ratchets up for its next big step toward zero-emission vehicle status in 2018, it might be wise to consider a bit of history.