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Solar Power in Numbers

by Rachel Levitt


Tags: Environment, green living, energy, solar power, community effort, alternative energy, 1BOG, Conscious Choice,

Solar house

Solar energy is becoming a community effort, and more accessible than ever before. Married couple Sylvia Ventura and Dan Barahona have launched 1BOG, “One Block Off the Grid,” a volunteer group that organizes neighborhoods and communities to install solar power en masse. Those who go solar through 1BOG have access to bulk discounts on equipment and installation, whose high cost has been a main deterrent for many potential buyers. The all-volunteer program boasts over 700 member homes in 20 cities across the country, with more to come.

(Thanks, Conscious Choice)

Image courtesy of Trebosc, licensed under Creative Commons.