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In Oakland, A Creative Strategy for Financing the City’s Solar Roofs

Using a new “crowdfunding” program called Solar Mosaic, the city is selling solar tiles to locals for $100 a pop and installing them on public buildings

By Maria Gallucci, SolveClimate News

Apr 22, 2011

The city of Oakland, Calif., is getting its residents to help build out a clean energy economy, one solar tile at a time.

By selling 5,000 tiles at $100 each to locals, the city is aiming to piece together entire rooftop solar arrays at seven budget-strapped schools, youth centers and houses of worship. A team of Oaklanders will be trained and hired to install the panels by as early as July.

The city’s efforts are part of a pilot program called Solar Mosaic, a web-based marketplace for community solar initiatives that launched on April 15.

Using the “crowdfunding” model, residents can help generate energy savings and scale back greenhouse gas emissions without having to shell out tens of thousands of dollars for a solar installation at home.

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Phi Beta Iota: The existing tax system in the USA is so corrupt it must be abolished.  The public is now ready for line-item crowd-sourcing and the fully-transparent Automated Payments/Transaction Tax.

See Also:

Seven Promises to America–Who Will Do This?

Serious (Honest) Thinking About US Budget