Open Neighborhoods Receives Certified B Corporation Status

Certified B CorporationLos Angeles-based provider of affordable solar and free Wi-fi is awarded certification for high standards of social and environmental performance.

LOS ANGELES, July 19, 2011 — Open Neighborhoods, provider of the leading rooftop solar group-purchasing program in Los Angeles, announced that the organization has received designation as a Certified B Corporation.  The new certification comes after a comprehensive evaluation of the company’s environmental and social performance and legal accountability standards.

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Celebrate Earth Day with Clean, Renewable Energy

The Silver Lake Neighborhood Council has joined Mar Vista and Venice in adopting a goal of 100% clean electricity!

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Open Neighborhoods Workshop at GOOD LA Pop Up Community Center April 9th

This month GOOD Magazine is launching the Los Angeles issue — along with a new local community, GOOD LA.  Open Neighborhoods is pleased to participate in the GOOD LA launch event this weekend at the Pop Up Community Center at Atwater Crossing.

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Renewable Energy World: Community Solar Cheaper Than World’s Most Efficient Concentrating Solar Power Plant took a look at the numbers and found that solar panels installed on residential rooftops in Los Angeles as part of the Open Neighborhoods community solar program will generate a cheaper cost per kilowatt-hour of electricity delivered than the most cost-effective, utility-scale concentrating solar power plant in the world.

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Renewable Energy World: Distributed, Small-Scale Solar Competes with Large-Scale PV

Open Neighborhoods began as a grass roots organization and still to this day, prides itself on these local, relevant core concepts.

We were delighted to see us being trumpeted by several in the energy space for our breakthrough pricing and community approach.

In this excerpt from a story in Renewable Energy World, Open Neighborhoods is recognized among some of the larger PV leaders.

a Los Angeles cooperative called Open Neighborhoods recently announced a residential PV cooperative solar buy for $4.78 per Watt, almost identical to the SolarBuzz price for industrial scale (500 kW) installations.

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The Argonaut: Wise Power Use Expo

Open Neighborhoods was pleased to be part of the 2010 community based – “Wise Power Use Expo”, which was featured in a story by Gary Walker from the Argonaut.

Mar Vista: Experts to offer tips on clean energy solutions, including benefits of solar power at Wise Power Use Expo by Gary Walker

Mar Vista is rapidly becoming ground zero for local sustainable initiatives, and many of its residents hope that trend will continue at the Wise Power Use Expo beginning at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Nov. 3 at Windward School in Mar Vista.
The event is geared toward helping the public learn about how they can reduce their use of electricity or convert to clean fuels like solar power.

A panel of experts has been invited to educate the attendees on the benefits of solar energy. They include Kevin O’Donnell of former Vice President Albert Gore’s “The Climate Project,” Nancy Barba of Sustainable Works (Bki) and Andr� Villasenor, the Southern California sustainability coordinator from the Environmental Protection Agency.

O’Donnell, a sustainable design strategist, was a guest at last year’s Wise Water Use Expo, a forum on water conservation that was also held in Mar Vista.ted the 2006 documentary Who Killed the Electric Car?, will also be one of the event’s panelists. The documentary explores the creation, commercialization, and subsequent destruction of the battery electric vehicle in the United States in the mid-1990s.

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Open Neighborhoods co-hosts with Sierra Club a West Los Angeles Solar Tour

As part of a national movement, Open Neighborhoods partnered with the Sierra Club, LA Beyond Coal campaign, the Los Angeles Business Council, ASES and solar advocates as part of a national solar tour.

Called the “the world’s largest grassroots solar event,” the nonprofit American Solar Energy Society (ASES)’s National Solar Tour is now in its 15th year. The event showcased innovative green buildings and homes, and presented how owners use energy efficiency, solar energy, and other sustainable practices to reduce utility bills and help the environment. The ASES partnered with many local organizations to make the tour a reality, and expected 160,000 attendees to view 5,500 buildings in 3,200 US communities. Open Neighborhoods was pleased with the support and participation.

See the tour details here and look for upcoming solar tours.

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Open Neighborhoods Selects Martifer Solar USA for Community Solar Program

In 2009, Open Neighborhoods launched what became the largest community solar program in DWP history. Because of that success, the 2010 campaign became a much anticipated launch and it was well received and picked up by numerous news sources.

August 16, 2010 — Open Neighborhoods, a local social networking organization, today announced the selection of Martifer Solar USA for GoSolar 2010, a community-based solar initiative allowing Los Angeles area neighborhoods to join together for an easy and affordable way to go solar.

After a rigorous evaluation process Open Neighborhoods selected West Los Angeles-based Martifer Solar USA as the most qualified solar installer for the four-month GoSolar 2010 program. Martifer Solar will offer discounted volume pricing and flexible financing options for residential and commercial solar installations. Read the full story at EarthTimes.

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ABC7: LA Clean-Energy Group Expands

KABC’s Green Right Now Reports brings us the story behind the GoSolar 2010 community program. The article traces the neighborhood roots of Open Neighborhoods community solar back to Vice President Al Gore’s call for 100% clean electricity by 2018. Continue reading

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Mar Vista celebrates Earth Day with launch of Green Power Community

Open Neighborhoods supports community interest in going green with the development of a formal Green Power initiative.

Last November the Mar Vista Community Council (MVCC) set a goal of 100% clean electricity for the neighborhood by 2018, inspired by former Vice President Al Gore’s clean electricity goal for the nation.

With the launch of a new website at the Mar Vista Green Power Community is an effort to promote certified and affordable green power options to the neighborhood, recognize local businesses and residents who are switching to green power, and measure the community’s progress toward a goal of 10% green power participation within six months.

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