LA Weekly: Getting Solar for $69 a Month

The LA Weekly takes a look at Open Neighborhoods Community Solar and the journey to affordable clean energy in Los Angeles.

Leasing solar panels for your home or business was not permitted by Los Angeles DWP until recently — and has become increasingly popular as an affordable way to benefit from solar power without the upfront costs of purchasing rooftop solar installations. Solar leases also allow residents to benefit from accelerated tax-depreciation incentives available to solar leasing companies and other commercial businesses.
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Community Solar at the LA Green Festival

Join Open Neighborhoods in experiencing the LA Green Festival this weekend.  We’ll be presenting Community Solar and the LA County Solar Challenge in booth #632, next to Energy Upgrade California.

The event is October 29 & 30 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.  Ride your bike or take public transportation for FREE admission at the door! Students with ID and seniors also receive free admission.

Visit Open Neighborhoods at booth #632 to learn about solar group discounts for LA County neighborhoods.
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Community Solar at the Neighborhood Council Green Practices and Projects Workshop

San Fernando Valley Green TeamThe San Fernando Valley Green Team and the Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils are presenting a day of speakers, breakout sessions and roundtable discussions on topics such as energy efficiency and renewable energy, water conservation, urban gardens and beautification, and outreach techniques and tools on Saturday October 22nd.

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Solar Workshop at Silver Lake Library

Silver Lake Neighborhood CouncilJoin the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council and Open Neighborhoods for a Free Solar Workshop on Tuesday October 18, 2011 from 6-8pm in the Silver Lake Library, located at 2411 Glendale Blvd. Continue reading

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Open Neighborhoods and the Los Angeles Business Council Invite you to BUILDING LA’S WORKFORCE

BUILDING LA’S WORKFORCE will take place on November 16, 2011 from 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.  at UCLA Korn Hall as the theme of the tenth annual Mayoral Housing, Transportation and Jobs Summit.

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Community Solar Gardens Coming to Southern California with Oct. 20 Workshop and Reception in Santa Monica

Open Neighborhoods and PermaCity will be co-presenting a free solar workshop in Santa Monica on Thursday, October 20, 2011 to discuss California’s upcoming community solar gardens legislation, SB 843.

The event will include a reception with Joy Hughes of the Solar Gardens Institute and a discussion of Colorado’s Community Solar Gardens Act of 2010, and a comparison to California’s proposed solar gardens bill (SB 843 Community-Based Renewable Energy Self-Generation Program).

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Open Neighborhoods and the Sierra Club’s LA Beyond Coal Campaign Present Los Angeles Solar Tours

American Solar Energy Society National Solar TourOpen Neighborhoods and the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign in Los Angeles are presenting two Los Angeles solar tours as part of the American Solar Energy Society’s National Solar Tour.  Attendees can RSVP by contacting Spike Lewis at or (310) 490-1477. Continue reading

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Mar Vista Green Business Mixer at Venice Grind and Earl’s Gourmet Grub

Come down to the courtyard behind Earl’s Gourmet Grub and Venice Grind coffee shop on Wednesday at 5:30pm for a green business mixer.  Join neighborhood businesses and professional to connect and discuss local green initiatives.

Open Neighborhoods and the Sierra Club’s LA Beyond Coal Campaign are co-hosting the event to discuss how local environmental initiatives present opportunities for growth, new jobs, increased business visibility and bottom-line savings.  A theme of the evening will be how reducing our use of coal and investing in clean energy and energy efficiency will create new jobs, businesses, and investment opportunities in Los Angeles today and tomorrow. Continue reading

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Open Neighborhoods and PermaCity Announce Solar Challenge for Los Angeles County

Open Neighborhoods has teamed up with PermaCity, Inc. to make going solar easy and affordable with group discounts, neighborhood workshops and a solar challenge to raise up to $40,000 for school booster clubs, religious institutions and other non-profit organizations.

Together with PermaCity, a leading Los Angeles-based solar panel installer, Open Neighborhoods is launching a new program to install one megawatt of solar power on the rooftops of homes, businesses, and multi-family housing in Los Angeles County.

The Open Neighborhoods Community Solar program allows property owners to buy or lease solar panels installed by PermaCity with discounted savings of up to thirty-three percent. To participate in the Los Angeles County group installation, interested property owners can sign up to request a free solar assessment at Continue reading

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Request for Proposals – 1MW Community Solar Project in LA County

The Open Neighborhoods Community Solar initiative is gearing up for its largest group installation ever and we are pleased to announce a request for proposals (RFP) from area solar installers for participation in a 1.0MW community solar project in Los Angeles County.

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