GoSolar Mar Vista!

Each hour, the sun delivers as much energy to the Earth as all of humanity uses in a year. Help make the switch to 100% clean electricity in Mar Vista in 10 years.

Location: Mar Vista
Members: 31
Latest Activity: Apr 9, 2013

Mar Vista Leading in Climate Action

On November 10th 2009 the Mar Vista Community Council unanimously approved a motion to make Mar Vista the first clean electricity neighborhood in Los Angeles, with a goal of 100% clean electricity by 2018.
With Million Solar Roofs funding, solar electricity is now cheaper than coal-powered electricity for many homeowners with solar-friendly rooftops.  With community support, Mar Vista can be a leader in installing solar panels on our schools, library and post office.
Read more about the national effort to Repower America with 100% clean electricity by 2018.

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Not in Mar Vista? Learn more about other neighborhoods participating in the GoSolar 2010 group-purchasing program.

Discussion Forum

Online Petition and Solar Hearing at LA City Hall

Started by Open Neighborhoods Dec 12, 2011.

LADWP to Double Solar Rebate Funds Starting September 1st

Started by Open Neighborhoods Aug 3, 2011.

Solar Power Boosts the Sales Price of California Homes

Started by Open Neighborhoods Jun 15, 2011.

Benefits of residential home solar panels

Started by Michael Bigler Feb 23, 2011.

Rolls Royce electric car to be released soon

Started by Michael Bigler Feb 23, 2011.

Update on our residential solar panels 4 Replies

Started by Anne Arikian. Last reply by James Brennan Apr 10, 2010.

L.A. Solar City collective purchase campaign (Aug 09) 7 Replies

Started by Rachel Lee. Last reply by Matthew Aaron Genender Feb 24, 2010.

New Law to Let Homeowners Sell Excess Solar Energy 1 Reply

Started by James Brennan. Last reply by James Brennan Feb 22, 2010.

Utilities Slash Solar Incentive Programs

Started by Open Neighborhoods Nov 27, 2009.

Mar Vista Sets Target for 100% Clean Electricity!

Started by James Brennan Nov 11, 2009.

Community Solar News

Comment Wall

Comment by Birgitta Kastenbaum on May 9, 2008 at 10:54am
hi James
we are in!
Could you please put down some specifics on cost etc. so Ihave a few talking points with my neighbors.
I am excited.
love birgitta
Comment by James Brennan on May 10, 2008 at 1:50pm
Hi Birgitta - we've been researching Solar City and others to get details on their solar energy programs.

I posted an article to this group that says that a typical customer with a $150-a-month electric bill before installing solar would end up with a $60-a-month electric bill and $80 or $90 in monthly lease payments to Solar City for a 2.8-kilowatt system -- and positive cashflow of $10-a-month.

Such as system would cost around $24,000 retail, but reduces to under $8,000 with incentives like the California Solar Initiative, a 10-year $2.1 billion solar incentive program for existing residential homes and commercial buildings launched in 2007.

What's unique about Solar City is:

1) They buy/install the panels for you and lease it back to you.

2) They offer 20-30% savings on the market price if we can get 50 homes to install together.

Will keep you posted on our research...

Comment by Shilpa Agarwal on May 13, 2008 at 10:09am
This is a fantastic idea - count me in!
Comment by eric baumgartner on May 30, 2008 at 12:26pm
keep us in the loop! sounds solar...
Comment by John Ayers on July 17, 2008 at 6:54am
May 27, 2008
Leno Bill Expanding Residential Solar Passes Assembly
Bill enables homeowners and tenants to benefit from low cost solar power purchase agreements
Comment by Rei on October 3, 2008 at 11:42am
Congress just passed a long-term extension of the solar investment tax credit. An 8-year extension of both the commercial solar tax credit and the residential solar tax credit (with removal of the monetary cap), passed the Senate (74-24) on Thursday and the House (263-171) this afternoon. The President is set to sign the bill into law shortly.
Comment by Sara Roos on November 10, 2008 at 9:02am
Count us in to the Solar City initiative!
Comment by Lisa Green on May 5, 2009 at 9:52am
Can someone recommend a local provider of portable solar panels? I work outside extensively and a solar power source for my laptop would be a solution to improve my productivity. Thank you
Comment by James Brennan on May 7, 2009 at 10:31am
Hi Lisa, here's a link to reviews of 7 portable solar laptop chargers:

Comment by Rachel Lee on August 3, 2009 at 3:29pm
I signed up on the GoSolar link, but wonder how to compare this campaign (which is a terrific idea) with the one that the group, One Block off the Grid ( is currently running in Los Angeles. I viewed their webinar on their Los Angeles campaign and then called their offices, talked to Matt, and asked whether your organization, GoSolar, was coordinating with them (they said no). 1BOG was featured in yesterday's L.A. Times article and they've negotiated a $6.05 per kilowatt hour rate for their campaign. The Webinar was long but very informative, especially the Q & A.

Would it be a good idea for GoSolar to combine our efforts with theirs--what do you think? Solar City is also their installer; and their goal is to have 75 ppl signed up by Aug. 15th, with contracts signed with Solar City by Oct. 31st if not before. Best, Rachel


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