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Sustainable Energy with the Pasadena Solar Initiative

A Greener Pasadena: Achieving Sustainable Energy with the Pasadena Solar Initiative

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Photo credit @EdgiePic – Sasha Netchaev

The Pasadena Green City Action Plan is a roadmap to how the city will address the numerous urban growth issues that impact energy usage, waste reduction, urban design and nature, environmental health, transportation and water. While it sounds fairly complex, the city is making it easy for everyone to help make Pasadena a greener place to live, work and play. Several rebates are available to those homeowners who are willing to take steps to make their immediate environment more ecologically friendly.

One of the most popular rebates to have been introduced in recent years is the Pasadena Solar Initiative (PSI). Managed by Pasadena Water and Power (PWP), the program aims to promote long-term sustainable energy usage via the installation of renewable solar power panels. It is hoped that the initiative will see customers who get involved install 14 MW of solar power by the end of 2017. In return for their involvement customers receive a “residential incentive rate” for power used.

The Advantages of Solar Energy: 

– The sun as a power source is free and continually renewable.

– Solar energy production does not result in pollution.

– Modern solar power systems are increasingly cost-effective.

– The latest panel designs are sleek and blend into the architecture better than before.

– Following installation, minimal to no maintenance or upkeep is required.

– Solar energy systems have a long life span of up to 40 years.

– Solar energy systems are often guaranteed for their entire expected lifespan.

– It is likely that at some point, Pasadena solar energy will be able to be sold back to the grid to reduce or eliminate residential energy bills entirely.

Additional Assistance:

Those homeowners considering the installation of solar power could also benefit from a financial incentive direct from the Federal Government. Until 2016, a tax credit of up to 30% of the total solar energy system cost is available. Visit Energy Star and DSIRE for more details about this offer. Also take the time to check out the other residential energy programs and rebates available from the City of Pasadena.

For those of you that want to buy a home in Pasadena with solar panels installed, you might want to consider 1369 North El Molino.  This cute bungalow is affordably priced and is helping keep our city green.  For more information, give Irina a call at 626-629-8439.

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