Choosing Solar from the Start

July/August 2008
A version of this article appears in the July/August 2008 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
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July 01, 2008
At Borrego Solar Systems, we hear quite a bit about people retrofitting their homes with solar power arrays, but what about those people who are thinking of going solar even before they purchase a home? For one home buyer, it was just a matter of lining up the right people and asking the right questions. Gavin Frase works for Kortick Manufacturing in Hayward, California (just east of San Francisco). Frase started shopping for a home with the advantage of being intimately involved in helping his workplace reduce energy and waste as a step toward LEED certification. In fact, his company has already decreased its energy consumption by about 30%. The Green Option Although 200,000 new homes are built in the state of California each year, fewer than 1% are built with solar installed. In addition, because there are only about 15,000 solar homes in California, Frase and his wife decided to consider homes that could be converted to solar once they moved in. “My wife and I really hoped to get ahead of the curve on energy efficiency, particularly with regard to solar. As the public continues to come around on this topic, we anticipate that any home with solar will only increase ...

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