Solar Sonoma County wins Solar America City Grant

Real Estate Broker/Owner BRE# 01325597

Marty Roberts of Solar Sonoma County just emailed me with some exciting news.  Santa Rosa was recently named one of 12 new "Solar America Cities," which qualifies the city to receive federal funding and technical assistance for project implementation of its Solar Sonoma County grant proposal.  The objective of this proposal is a countywide solar program that accelerates and expands local solar energy production.

The foundation of Santa Rosa's proposal is the Solar Sebastopol program.  The city is banding together other area cities and the county to expand the program countywide. The funds will contribute to efforts by Santa Rosa and the Solar Sonoma County partners' to increase the amount of solar installations in the County by 25 megawatts over the next three years. The goal of  Solar Sonoma County is to become a public-private consortium of local governments, solar companies, businesses, and other groups and organizations.

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Thank you Marty, we wish you and the Solar Sonoma County team great success!

Comments (2)

Cindy Brandon
Santa Rosa, CA
CDPE, EcoBroker, GRI, CRS, ePro

Hi Andrew,

Thanks for your comment.  I think that over time the cost of solar technology will decrease.  Right now large installations seem to have the greatest potential for savings and economies of scale.  I was at a meeting recently where a spokesperson from Santa Rosa Junior College was speaking about the success of their solar installation which brought the cost of their power bill down from over $7000 per month to less than $20. 

 Regarding residential, part of the question that needs to be answered is, does solar increase the value of your home?

Best regards,


Apr 21, 2008 03:12 AM
Jim & Maria Hart
Brand Name Real Estate - Charleston, SC
Charleston, SC Real Estate
Thanks is great news, Cindy. We would love to see something like that here in Charleston. We would also love to have our home run on solar, it just needs to be a little more cost friendly. All my best, Jim.
Apr 21, 2008 03:28 AM