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SolarCraft and Enphase Energy Help Liberty School Cut Energy Costs with Solar Power

Sun Shines Bright on Sonoma County School

school solar, solar panels, liberty schoolNovato and Sonoma-based SolarCraft has completed the construction of a 44.7 kW solar electric system at Liberty School in the rolling hills of West Petaluma, CA. The installation of the solar photovoltaic array will reduce the school’s carbon footprint and save thousands of dollars in energy costs for years to come.

The system spans over 2,600 square feet on multiple building rooftops, which were specifically designed by local architect Dan Hardin to accommodate solar panels.

Enphase Energy, a Petaluma-based worldwide leader in microinverter technology, donated microinverters to the project. Enphase microinverters will optimize system performance by working individually with the system’s 149 LG solar panels to ensure maximum energy production. Additionally, the project managed to secure one of the last California Solar Initiative rebates available before the program expired. The school will receive approximately $24,000 in rebates for energy produced by the project.

The solar electric system will provide about 70 percent of the school’s annual electrical needs, powering the classrooms and administrative offices.

The system’s solar electric panels are expected to generate approximately 66,000 kilowatt hours of clean energy annually. The new solar energy system allows Liberty School to generate enough electricity each day to power over 20 average homes. The amount of carbon offset by the PV array is equivalent to removing 29 tons of harmful greenhouse gases annually. Over the next 30 years, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating nearly than 1.7 million miles of driving or the amount roughly 9 acres of trees could remove.

About Liberty School
Liberty School, serving 214 pre-kindergarten through sixth grade students, is nestled in the rural, dairy ranching area of Petaluma, 50 miles north of San Francisco in Sonoma County.  Founded in 1857, Liberty School is the oldest school in continuous operation at the same site, with the same name, in Sonoma County.  More than just a school, Liberty is the hub of the community, where families meet neighbors and build relationships. Many families have been attending Liberty School for generations

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SolarCraft Hires New Controller

Solar Industry Leader Hires Controller to Help Manage Thriving Business

Novato and Sonoma-based SolarCraft, a leader in solar energy system design and installation, announced today that Cindy Gurtner has joined their company as Controller. Gurtner’s extensive construction based financial management experience will help lead SolarCraft as they continue to develop and implement new projects in the residential and commercial solar energy market.

With 15 years of experience in the construction industry, as an Accounting Manager and Controller, organizational development, job costing and profitability tracking and a myriad of process development and management skills, Cindy Gurtner is well prepared to take on the challenge.

Cindy Gurtner comes to SolarCraft after three years at George Family Enterprises, Northern California, Inc. an acoustical and specialty ceilings contractor in the North Bay and Sonoma County. During her time there, the average profitability of projects increased and rarely went over budget. Prior to joining GFENC, Cindy was at BEK, CMG, Inc, performing extensive audits for a $500 million dollar new construction project. Cindy also spent seven years at Page Construction, Inc, a general contractor performing Public Works projects.

Gurtner also spent 5 years with BayGroup International, Inc., which involved multiple entities in multiple countries using multiple currencies. She left there as an Accounting Manager to join Page Construction as an Assistant Controller, holding the title of Controller when she left for BEK CMG, Inc.

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SolarCraft Completes Solar Power Installation for Congregation Shomrei Torah

North Bay Synagogue Switches to Solar

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Novato and Sonoma based SolarCraft announced the completion of a 34 kW solar panel system at Congregation Shomrei Torah in Santa Rosa, CA. Designed and built by SolarCraft, the North Bay Synagogue’s system will reduce their carbon footprint while saving thousands in utility costs in the years to come.

While the Congregation has been wanting to do solar for a few years for all the right reasons, but it was not until a new financing option very favorable for non-profits was introduced by SolarCraft that they saw a sound financial returns. Essentially, the financing payments for the solar power are less than paying PG&E each month. As Robert Gould, Director of Commercial Projects, states, “we are honored to be helping houses of worship, like Shomrei Torah, to dramatically reduce their climate footprint, which is very congruent with their values, as well as saving them money, which allows them to provide the valuable services to the community. We are seeing a number of houses of worship and spiritual communities going solar.”

The solar photovoltaic system is ground mounted on a hillside below the building and consists of 104 SunPower high-efficiency solar panels spanning nearly 2,180 square feet. The system’s solar panels convert sunlight directly into electricity and is expected to generate approximately 56,100 kilowatt hours of energy annually, reducing their PG&E bills by 90% and providing clean energy to the Synagogue. Furthermore, Sonoma Clean Power’s favorable rate for solar customers, which give credits for energy exported to the grid, will generate additional savings.

The system’s solar electric panels allow the Congregation to generate enough electricity each day to power 17 average homes. It will spare the air nearly 25 tons of harmful greenhouse gases annually.  Over 30 years, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating over 1.4 million miles of driving.

About Congregation Shomrei Torah
Shomrei Torah was founded in 1974 by a group of eleven Sonoma County families. The name they chose for their new congregation translates as “Keepers of Torah” in honor of our Holocaust Torah, which was rescued from Strakonitz, Czechoslovakia, and is on permanent loan from a foundation in Westminster, England. Today, the 450 member households of Shomrei Torah comprise the largest Jewish congregation in Sonoma County, and the fastest-growing congregation in the North Bay.

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Marin County’s Emergency Services Building Now Powered by the Sun

SolarCraft Brings Solar Power to County’s New Emergency Operations Facility

Marin County Emergency Facility Goes SolarNovato and Sonoma based SolarCraft announced the completion of a 518.5 kW solar power system at Marin County’s New Emergency Operations Facility in San Rafael, CA. Designed and built by SolarCraft, the County’s new solar panel system will reduce their carbon footprint while saving millions in utility costs in the years to come.

The solar photovoltaic system is roof-mounted, spanning nearly 36,000 square feet. The system is built with 1,700 ReneSola 305-watt solar panels, powering the new facility with clean, renewable energy, while reducing the load on the local utility grid.

The building, known by many as part of the Marin Commons, had its public debut on May 10. It will allow emergency response services to remain operational in the event of a major earthquake. “I am looking forward to celebrating the opening of our state of the art seismic-certified public safety building,” Supervisor Susan Adams said, saying she was “particularly happy” with the building’s solar system.

In keeping with the County of Marin Board of Supervisor’s goal of sustainability, the Marin Emergency Operations Facility Project is on track for Gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. The 518.5 kW solar array fulfills the Countywide General Plan goal of 1 Megawatt of PV panels on county facilities ahead of the 2015 self-imposed deadline.

The system’s solar electric panels are expected to generate approximately 764,400 kilowatt hours of energy annually, allowing the County to generate enough electricity each day to power 119 average homes. It will spare the air nearly 220 tons of harmful greenhouse gases annually. Over the next 30 years, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating almost 12.6 million miles of driving.

About Marin Emergency Operations Facility
The county purchased the building at 1600 Los Gamos Road, San Rafael, for $28 million in 2011 and spent about $50 million for seismic, equipment and technological upgrades as well as interior renovations. After Sheriff-Coroner personnel get settled at the Emergency Operations Facility, the County plans to bring in employees from other departments over the next several years. Extra spaces will be rented to generate funds.

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Hess Collection Winery in Napa Gets Solar Panels Installed by SolarCraft

Energy Independent Napa Valley Winery Enjoys Flat Energy Costs

solar panels, Hess Winery, solar NapaNovato and Sonoma based SolarCraft announced the completion of a 649 kW solar power system at Hess Collection Winery providing nearly 100% of the electrical needs for its Napa, CA production facility. Designed and built by SolarCraft, the new system will reduce Hess’s utility costs by thousands every year, while reducing the load on the local utility grid.

The solar photovoltaic system is roof-mounted, spanning 44,555 square feet. The system consists of 2,200 Hanwha Solar 295-watt solar panels, powering their offices and production facilities with clean, renewable energy.

Utilizing solar power is part of Hess Collection Winery’s commitment to environmentally conscious and sustainable business practices. By going solar, they will reduce their carbon footprint while saving millions in utility costs in the years to come.

The system’s solar electric panels are expected to generate approximately 945,450 kilowatt hours of energy annually, providing 100% of the winery’s annual energy consumption. The new solar energy system enables Hess to generate enough electricity each day to power 148 average homes. It will spare the air nearly 272 tons of harmful greenhouse gases annually. Over the next 30 years, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating almost 16 million miles of driving.

About The Hess Collection Winery
Donald Hess established his first Napa Valley vineyard on Mount Veeder in 1978, and from the beginning, under his stewardship The Hess Collection has been a leader in sustainability. Certified Sustainable by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance and for both winery and vineyards by Napa Green, The Hess Collection is well known for combining twin passions under one roof at its historic home on Mount Veeder, where both The Hess Collection Winery and the world renowned Hess Collection Art Museum welcome visitors.

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Solar Panels Now Power Napa Valley Country Club

Premier Napa Valley Golf Course Now Powered by Solar

Solar power napa, solar napa, napa valley solar, Napa GolfNovato and Sonoma based SolarCraft announced the completion of a 251 kW solar power system at Napa Valley Country Club in Napa, CA. The picturesque, private golf course is now powered by renewable, green energy.

The solar electric system is ground mounted on a hillside above the golf course. It consists of 870 high-efficiency solar panels spanning a total of 17,610 square feet. The system’s solar electric panels are expected to generate approximately 363,000 kilowatt hours of energy annually. Excess power generated during the day is banked by PG&E for credit towards future use.

The new solar power system allows Napa Valley Country Club to generate enough electricity each day to power over 57 average homes. It will spare the air nearly 105 tons of harmful greenhouse gases annually. Over the next 30 years, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating more than 6 million miles of driving.

The Napa Valley Country Club will enjoy free energy from the sun and thousands in utility savings many decades to come.Solar power napa, solar napa, napa valley solar, Napa Golf

About Napa Valley Country Club
Napa Valley Country Club is the only entirely private country club in Napa County. Nestled in the hills of the Napa Valley this 6,148-yard, par 72-layout rolls through the countryside in grand fashion. The original front nine fairways were cut out of tall grass with wild oats as rough in 1917 by a group of Napa Valley businessmen. The back nine was completed in 1990, designed by Ronald Fream. Gorgeous scenery, an abundance of wildlife, and beautiful natural surroundings make a round at Napa Valley Country Club seem more like a stroll through a nature wonderland.

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Solar Panels Installed at Labcon of Petaluma

World Leader in Eco-Friendly Plastics Increases Solar Production

Solar panels Labcon PetalumaNovato and Sonoma based SolarCraft announced the completion of a 73.2 kW solar electric expansion at Labcon in Petaluma, CA, the industry leader in sustainable plastic labware. The 73.2 kW addition combined with the existing 800 kW system brings Labcon’s annual solar production to 1.3 million Kilowatt hours.

The solar electric system addition is roof-mounted, spanning 3,935 square feet. The system addition consists of 224 SunPower 327-watt high efficiency solar panels, powering their offices and production facilities.

Labcon recently decided to expand the facility’s solar productivity to further reduce their carbon footprint and increase their utility savings. An industry pioneer in sustainability, Earth Friendly® is a registered Labcon trademark, a commitment to the eco-friendly culture in their products. Today, you can also see Labcon products carry the “Made with Solar Power™” trademark.

With the new solar energy system expansion, Labcon generates enough electricity each day to power 200 average homes. It will spare the air over 350 tons of harmful greenhouse gases annually. Over the next 30 years, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating 21 million miles of driving.

About Labcon
Labcon North America is the world’s leading producer of low carbon laboratory disposables and was the first to market compostable plastics for laboratories. Labcon’s focus on sustainable solutions for laboratories dates to 1994 with the first low carbon products. Labcon goes significantly beyond any other refill system environmentally, with a Low Carbon footprint that redefines what it means to be sustainable. A UL-Certified ISO 9001:2008 company; Labcon North America is headquartered in the San Francisco Bay area.

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New Rebate Approved for Solar Pool Heating

State Public Utilities Commission Approves New Rebate for Solar Pool Heating

Novato and Sonoma based SolarCraft announced the State Public Utilities Commission under the California Solar Initiative Program has just approved a rebate for qualified solar heating installations on all commercial swimming pools.

Under this program 30% to 50% or more of the initial cost of the solar pool heating system will be refunded back. There is $80 million available on a first come first serve basis until the funds run out.

This program applies to all multi-family commercial, government, educational and non-profit swimming pools that are PG&E customers. Solar pool heating systems in single-family residential installations are not eligible to receive incentives.

The incentive for eligible solar pool heating systems is only available to gas customers who have a final signed-off permit issued by the appropriate permitting agency on or after January 1, 2013.

A properly sized and installed solar heating system can easily keep your pool at 78 to 84 degrees from mid-April through September, and sometimes well into October, without the use of expensive supplemental heat.

Since 1984 SolarCraft has been the North Bay industry leader in the design and installation of solar pool heating systems to commercial, governmental and institutional facilities. They are the sole distributor of FAFCO solar water heating products in Marin and Sonoma County – the number one selling brand in the USA since 1969 and manufactured in Chico, California.

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SolarCraft Brings Solar Power to Sonoma’s Sweetwater Spectrum

First of a Kind Community for Adults with Autism Powered by the Sun

Sonoma solar power Sweetwater SpectrumNovato and Sonoma based SolarCraft announced the completion of a 51 kW
solar electric and solar pool heating system at Sweetwater Spectrum community in Sonoma, CA, a residential development geared specifically for adults with autism. The photovoltaic and solar pool heating systems will provide energy savings for its community for many decades.

The solar electric system is roof-mounted on four residential buildings and the community center. It consists of high-efficiency solar panels spanning a total of 3,600 square feet. In addition, a solar heating system was installed to greatly reduce the cost of heating the pool.

SolarCraft offers unique financing options specifically for non-profits, which eliminates the high upfront costs. The finance payments are typically less than paying PG&E, so the projects are saving money immediately.

Designed to LEED Gold standards, in addition to solar power the homes and community structures at Sweetwater Spectrum were constructed using durable, low-VOC building materials and finishes, solar water heating and radiant cooling/heating systems. In fact, the community is a pilot project for the PG&E Net Zero Energy Pilot Program.

The system’s solar electric panels are expected to generate approximately 73,000 kilowatt hours of energy annually. The new solar energy system allows Sweetwater Spectrum to generate enough electricity each day to power over 12 average homes. It will spare the air nearly 20 tons of harmful greenhouse gases annually. Over the next 30 years, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating more than a million miles of driving.

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SolarCraft Hires New Director of Sales & Marketing

Solar Industry Leader’s New Sales and Marketing Director to Lead Expansion

Chet Stromberg, SolarCraft Director of Sales & MarketingNovato and Sonoma based SolarCraft, a leader in photovoltaic and thermal system design and installation, is pleased to announce that Chet Stromberg has accepted the position of Director of Sales & Marketing. Mr. Stromberg’s experience in managing the sales and marketing efforts of several successful businesses will help lead SolarCraft as they continue to expand in the dynamic solar energy market.

Mr. Stromberg brings 25 years of direct renewable energy project development including project management, engineering services, and sales and marketing experience. Chet has personally sold, engineered and managed over 500 residential and commercial solar projects.

After graduating with Renewable Energy Engineering from Humboldt State University, Chet volunteered his service to the US Peace Corps and served in the Cook Islands, Polynesia. Upon completion of his two-year service with the Peace Corps, the Prime Minister offered Chet a position as Director of Special Projects. While procuring financing and installing photovoltaic systems to the 15 atolls and Islands Chet received his second degree in Business Administration from the University of South Pacific. Chet stayed another six years refining his mastery of the Maori language and a terrifying Haka dance.

Returning to California, Chet jumped on the internet wave in the late 1990’s receiving his third degree in Digital Media Production & Computer Science. He then successfully built and managed 40 websites.

Returning to his Renewable Energy passion Chet became the Regional Sales Manager of Silicon Valley for Real Goods then moved back to Marin and served as Director of Business Development with SunFirst! Solar.

SolarCraft is excited to have Mr. Stromberg lead their Sales & Marketing team, upholding the core values of Quality, Integrity and Respect.

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SolarCraft Installs Solar Power System for Covenant Community Church

Vacaville Church Now Solar Powered

solar power, Vacaville, CA churchNovato and Sonoma based SolarCraft announced the completion of a 29.5 kW solar electric system at Covenant Community Church in Vacaville, CA. The photovoltaic system will provide enormous savings for decades to come.

Toby Hanes, a church member stated, “I’m really pleased that our church has taken this step to become energy independent. It’s going to save us a lot of money over the years, which we can put to far better use for our growing congregation. SolarCraft installed a roof-top system on my residence about a year ago, and it has worked flawlessly.

The newly installed solar electric systems utilizes (117) ET Solar 250-watt solar panels. Spanning over 2,050 square feet, this system is roof-mounted on concrete tile. The system’s solar panels convert sunlight directly into electricity and is expected to generate approximately 40,000 kilowatt hours of energy annually, providing sustainable and price stable energy to the church. Excess power generated during the day is banked by PG&E for credit towards future use.

The new solar energy system allows Covenant Community Church to generate enough electricity each day to power 13 average homes. It will spare the air nearly 18 tons of harmful greenhouse gases annually. Over the next 30 years, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating over 1 million miles of driving.

About Covenant Community Church

The Covenant Community Church follows the Presbyterian faith and their vision is to meet people’s needs with the transforming grace and power of Jesus Christ. Everybody is welcome. They offer many ministries and programs for individuals and families. Their mission is to Celebrate God, Connect with others, and Change the world.

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SolarCraft Called Marin’s Best Solar Installer for 2013

Pacific Sun readers vote SolarCraft the Best of Marin for a fourth year

Best of Marin 2013SolarCraft has been awarded the Best of Marin once again by the Pacific Sun’s annual reader’s poll to identify the best businesses in Marin County. A Novato business since 1984, SolarCraft was voted the best solar installer in Marin County for the fourth consecutive year.

SolarCraft is a local, Novato based company in business since 1984, currently celebrating our 29 Year Anniversary. Local owners, Bill Stewart & Dennis Nuttman are committed to a green Marin. SolarCraft is a certified “Marin County Green Business” since 2003, providing renewable energy services in solar pool heating and solar electric: consulting, design, sales, financing, installation, monitoring and maintenance.

SolarCraft’s notable Marin County projects include: Sunny Hill Services, San Anselmo; Ross School, Ross; Meadow Club, Fairfax; Marin Health & Wellness Campus, San Rafael; Hamilton Marketplace, Novato; Miss Sandie’s School, Novato; Marin Builder’s Association, San Rafael; Woodlands Market, Kentfield; Blake’s Auto Body, Novato and San Marin Associates Office Building, Novato.

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SolarCraft Donates Solar Energy System to Sonoma Garden Park

Local Sonoma Park Greenhouse Now Powered by the Sun

solar energy, Sonoma Garden ParkSolarCraft, with offices in Sonoma and Novato, donated and installed a solar electric system at the Sonoma Garden Park, the six-acre working farm on 7th Street East, given to the City of Sonoma by Pauline Bond and managed by Sonoma Ecology Center.

The solar power system will generate more electricity than currently used by the facility for lighting, irrigation, and ventilation of the nursery and greenhouse. Excess production will be fed back into the local utility grid, generating a bill credit which is a potential source of future revenue for the center, as well as having additional solar capacity for the installation of several greenhouses planned for the future.

The system features micro-inverters manufactured by Enphase Energy of Petaluma that will allow easy incremental expansion of the system in the future.

“We’re delighted to have SolarCraft’s solar installation at Sonoma Garden Park,” said Richard Dale, Executive Director of Sonoma Ecology Center. “Their donation offers a perfect example of community support where it’s needed; it helps with a key part of the Garden’s operations and saves us future expenses, and it leverages grants, additional donations, and in-kind support to help our Garden grow.”

About Sonoma Garden Park

Sonoma Garden Park is a six-acre working farm, a model of sustainable agriculture, and the educational campus of Sonoma Ecology Center. Located at 19996 7th Street East in Sonoma, the Garden Park offers a beautiful, natural environment with educational opportunities for both adults and children.

Donated to the City of Sonoma by Pauline Bond and managed by Sonoma Ecology Center, the Garden features a demonstration garden, butterfly garden, fig forest, straw bale barn, over 150 fruit trees, a solar well, interpretive displays and walking trails.

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SolarCraft Helps United Cerebral Palsy Go Solar

North Bay Non-Profit Goes Green

solar energy, Napa, CANovato and Sonoma-based SolarCraft announced the completion of a 71.8 kW solar electric system at WineBev Services in Napa CA, a social enterprise of United Cerebral Palsy of the North Bay. The photovoltaic system will provide enormous savings for its facility for decades to come.

The solar power system is roof-mounted using a Panel Claw ballasted mounting system and consists of 252 SunTech 285-watt panels, spanning over 5,269 square feet. The system powers two tenant offices, as well as WineBev Services, an UCP employment program for adults with disabilities that provides packaging services to many local retail applications.

SolarCraft offers unique financing options specifically for non-profits, which eliminates high upfront costs. The finance payments are typically less than paying PG&E, so the projects are saving money immediately.

“UCP of the North Bay has joined the growing number of businesses committed to the long-term environmental sustainability of Napa County,” said Margaret Farman, Executive Director, UCP of the North Bay. “Our business, WineBev Services, provides packaging services for the wine industry and other business partners while employing people with disabilities at market-rate wages. WineBev is now supplied with solar energy thanks to SolarCraft, the Gasser Foundation and Sustainable Napa County. The completion of this collaborative project marks another important milestone for our agency as we strive to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities so they may achieve a ‘life without limits’.”

The system’s solar panels convert sunlight directly into electricity and are expected to generate approximately 102,630 kilowatt hours of energy annually. The new solar energy system allows United Cerebral Palsy to generate enough electricity each day to power over 31 average homes. It will spare the air nearly 45 tons of harmful greenhouse gases annually. Over the next 30 years, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating over 3 million miles of driving.

About United Cerebral Palsy of the North Bay

UCP of the North Bay is a locally run, non-profit organization. As an affiliate of UCP serving Sonoma, Napa and Solano Counties, they provide services for children and adults with disabilities and their families living in Northern California. In addition to Cypress School in Petaluma for ages 5-22 and recreation services, UCP operates WineBev Services and Gone For Good; UCP of the North Bay businesses that provide employment and career training for adults with disabilities.

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SolarCraft Completes Solar Power System for Sunny Hills Services

Sunny Hills Services Goes Solar

San Anselmo solar installationNovato and Sonoma-based SolarCraft announced the completion of a 53.6 kW solar electric system at Sunny Hills Services in San Anselmo, CA. The photovoltaic system will provide enormous savings for its long-standing facility.

Mary Denton, Sunny Hills Services’ CEO, said “We truly appreciate the effort that SolarCraft put into finding lease financing that is cost-neutral over the seven-year term of the lease—a key criteria for us. Being able to implement this green energy solution means a lot to us, and in addition, it will generate financial savings for the Agency after the initial lease term is up.”

The system is roof-mounted on the gymnasium and administration buildings, spanning over 3,963 square feet, helping to shade and cool the building.

Each of the 224 solar panels is controlled by a microinverter, manufactured by Enphase Energy of Petaluma, CA. Microinverters are small, compact units directly attached to each solar panel to convert power independently at the panel, maximizing energy production and reducing impacts from shading. Overall system efficiency is increased by 10–12%.

The system’s solar panels convert sunlight directly into electricity and is expected to generate approximately 90,000 kilowatt hours of energy annually, providing sustainable and price stable energy to their operations for decades to come.

The new solar energy system allows Sunny Hills to generate enough electricity each day to power over 27 average homes. It will spare the air nearly 40 tons of harmful greenhouse gases annually. Over the next 30 years, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating nearly 2.7 million miles of driving.
About About Sunny Hills Services

Sunny Hills Services is a private, non-profit organization serving vulnerable youth and their families. What was originally founded in 1895 as an orphanage and farm in San Anselmo, California is now a regional child welfare organization dedicated to protecting, serving, nurturing and healing at-risk children and adolescents. Today, the agency offers a broad spectrum of residential, educational, mental health, and community based services to hundreds of vulnerable children each year.

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SolarCraft Brings Solar Power to C&T Publishing

Sun Shines on Local Publishing House

solar power at C&T PublishingNovato and Sonoma-based SolarCraft announced that it has completed the design and installation of a 34.5 kW solar electric system for C&T Publishing in Concord, CA. The long- standing publishing facility can now capture the sun to power its operations — saving them thousands in utility costs every year.

The project consists of 128 SunTech 270-watt solar panels spanning 2,540 square feet, helping to insulate and shade the building. Additional energy is saved by the added insulation, reducing the building’s heating and cooling load.

The system’s solar panels convert sunlight directly into electricity and is expected to generate approximately 57,000 kilowatt hours of energy annually, providing sustainable and price stable energy to the complex for decades to come.

The new solar energy system allows C&T Publishing to generate enough electricity each day to power over 17 average homes. It will spare the air nearly 25 tons of harmful greenhouse gases annually. Over the next 30 years, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating nearly 2 million miles of driving.

About C&T Publishing

Since its founding in 1983, C&T Publishing has become the industry leader for providing exceptional books and products to the quilting, paper craft, and fiber art markets throughout the United States and internationally. Consumers purchase their products through quilt, fabric, and craft stores; book, gift and museum shops; scrapbook and paper craft stores; and book clubs. For more information go to: www.ctpub.com or www.ctpubblog.com.

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SolarCraft Brings Solar Power to The Sea Ranch

North Coast Community Sees the Sun

The Sea Ranch Association solar panelsNovato and Sonoma-based SolarCraft announced that it has completed the design and installation of a 90 kW solar power installation for The Sea Ranch Association (TSRA) in The Sea Ranch, CA. The Association is now powered by free energy from the sun, providing significant savings for their Sonoma Coast community.

The 90 kW solar electric system at TSRA is comprised of two separate systems. One system powers the administration offices. This system is 25.2 kW, consisting of 105 high-efficiency SunPower 240 watt solar panels installed on the roof of the administration building. Each of the 105 solar modules is controlled by a micro-inverter, manufactured by Enphase Energy of Petaluma, CA. The micro-inverters greatly reduce impacts of shade from nearby trees and generate about 7% more power than conventional inverters. Overall system efficiency is increased by 10 – 12%.

The second system is ground mounted and will provide power to the Association’s water treatment plant. It will generate 64.8 kW of power and consists of 240 SunTech 270 watt panels.

“The installation went smoothly and we are amazed at the ease of monitoring and the information provided. The Sea Ranch Association is very satisfied with the product, the staff at SolarCraft, and the carbon footprint reduction we are thus far achieving,” said Randy H. Burke, Director of Works, The Sea Ranch Water Company / Association.

The new solar energy system is expected to produce 125,222 kWh annually and will enable The Sea Ranch Association to generate enough electricity each day to power over 39 average homes. It will spare the air nearly 57 tons of harmful greenhouse gases every year. Over the next 30 years, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating over 4 million miles of driving.

About The Sea Ranch

The Sea Ranch is an unincorporated community of private homes along a 10-mile stretch of the Sonoma County coast in Northern California. More than 1,700 houses are situated on the bluffs, in the meadows, on the hillsides, and in the forest. It’s noted for its distinctive architecture, consisting of simple timber-frame structures clad in wooden siding or shingles, which blend into the landscape. The community’s development played a role in the establishment of a concept of “Living lightly on the Land.”

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SolarCraft Completes Solar Installation at Fort Ross Vineyard

New North Coast Tasting Room Powered by the Sun

Novato and Sonoma-based SolarCraft announced that it has completed the design and installation of a solar power installation for Fort Ross Vineyards and Winery in Jenner, CA. The newly completed tasting room is now powered by clean, renewable solar power — providing savings to the winery for decades to come.

Mounted on the steel roof of the tasting room, the system’s solar panels convert sunlight directly into electricity and will reduce the winery’s utility costs by thousands every year, while reducing the load on the local utility grid. Excess power generated during the day is banked by PG&E for credit towards future use.

Each of the solar modules is controlled by a micro-inverter, manufactured by Enphase Energy of Petaluma, CA. Unlike more conventional solar electric systems, the micro-inverters greatly reduce impacts of shade from nearby trees or structures and generate about 7% more power than conventional inverters. Overall system efficiency is increased by 10-12%.

About Fort Ross Vineyard & Winery

Less than a mile from the Pacific Ocean, Fort Ross Vineyard is one of the closest, if not the closest vineyard to the ocean in all of California. The new tasting room opening makes this the first and only vineyard tasting room along the majestic Sonoma Coast in the Fort Ross-Seaview AVA. The Tasting Room will offer Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinotage, all made from grapes grown exclusively on the Fort Ross Vineyard Estate.

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SolarCraft Brings Solar to Altamont Apartments

Rohnert Park Apartment Complex Sees the Light

Altamont Apartments solar panelsNovato and Sonoma-based SolarCraft announced that it has completed the design and installation of a 122 kW solar electric installation for the Altamont Apartments in Rohnert Park, CA. All common areas, including lighting, pool, spa, elevators and a movie theater will be powered by clean, solar energy.

The project consists of 509 SunTech 240-watt solar panels spanning 9,043 square feet of roof tops on multiple buildings. The total system is expected to generate approximately 189,760 kilowatt hours of energy annually, providing sustainable and price stable energy to the complex for years to come.

Each of the 509 solar modules is controlled by a micro-inverter, manufactured by Enphase Energy of Petaluma, CA. Unlike more conventional solar electric systems, the micro-inverters greatly reduce impacts of shade from nearby trees or structures and generate about 7% more power than conventional inverters. Overall system efficiency is increased by 10-12%.

The new solar energy system allows the Altamont Apartments to generate enough electricity each day to power over 53 average homes. It will spare the air nearly 77 tons of harmful greenhouse gases annually. Over the next 30 years, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating over 5 million miles of driving.

About Altamont Apartments

Altamont Apartments is a four story 230-unit apartment complex designed for senior (55+) living. This complex offers many amenities including: air conditioning, pool, spa, elevators, movie theater, fitness room, party tables, cards and other games. Social activities are offered on a regular basis. These Rohnert Park Apartments are conveniently located within walking distance of: Senior Center, shopping, banking, post office, bus stop, dining and much more.

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SolarCraft Once Again Named Marin’s Leading Solar Panel Installer 2012

Pacific Sun readers vote SolarCraft the Best of Marin for a third year

Best Solar Installer, Best of Marin 2012SolarCraft has once again been awarded the Best of Marin by the Pacific Sun’s annual reader’s poll to identify the best businesses in Marin County. A Novato business since 1984, SolarCraft was voted the best solar installer in Marin County for the third consecutive year.

SolarCraft is one of the most trusted and experienced solar energy contractors in California. Since 1984, this certified Green Business has been providing high quality solar electrical, solar pool heating and solar water heating services to homeowners and businesses, employing licensed and certified solar installers. With more than 5,000 satisfied customers and over 2.5 million square feet of solar collectors installed, SolarCraft is committed to Quality Design, Quality Materials and Customer Service.

SolarCraft’s notable Marin County projects include: Ross School, Ross; Meadow Club, Fairfax; Marin Health & Wellness Campus, San Rafael; Hamilton Marketplace, Novato; Miss Sandie’s School, Novato; Marin Builder’s Association, San Rafael; Woodlands Market, Kentfield; Blake’s Auto Body, Novato and San Marin Associates Office Building, Novato.

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SolarCraft Completes Solar Energy System for Napa Supportive Housing Project

Napa Housing Complex Gets Free Energy from the Sun

Solar Panels, Napa Supportive HousngNovato- and Sonoma-based SolarCraft announced that it has completed the design and installation of a 23 kW solar electric installation for the Hartle Court Permanent Supportive Housing project in Napa, CA. The recently completed housing complex is now powered by clean solar energy, providing significant savings to the facility.

The Supportive Housing project, developed by the Gasser Foundation and operated by The Progress Foundation, is targeting LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver. This would be the Napa Valley’s first LEED Certified Multi-Family Residential Development.

The project consists of 98 Sharp 235-watt solar panels spanning 1,719 square feet of rooftops on multiple buildings. The system is expected to generate approximately 31,540 kilowatt hours of energy annually, providing sustainable and price stable energy to the complex for years to come.

The new solar energy system allows the Housing Project to generate enough electricity each day to power over 11 average homes. It will spare the air nearly 17 tons of harmful greenhouse gases annually. Over the next 30 years, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating over 1 million miles of driving.

The monitoring display for the system is located in the front office and is available for public viewing.

About Hartle Court Permanent Supportive Housing

The new complex, on Hartle Court West, includes 18 one-bedroom apartments and six two-bedroom apartments. The two-bedroom apartments will serve “transitional age youth,” typically young adults leaving foster care homes. The one-bedroom apartments will be for adults served by Progress Foundation, a non-profit agency dedicated to providing community-based residential treatment and supported housing programs to people with mental disabilities.

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SolarCraft Completes Solar Energy Installation for Medtronic in Santa Rosa

Medical Technology Leader’s North Bay Facility Goes Green

Solar Panels, Medtronic, Santa RosaNovato- and Sonoma-based SolarCraft recently completed the design and installation of a 321 kW solar electric installation at the main Santa Rosa campus of Medtronic, a global leader in medical technology. The company’s primary North Bay facility, located in the Fountaingrove area of Santa Rosa, is now partly powered by free energy from the sun.

The new energy system offsets electric usage at the main building and the testing labs, providing an expected net-savings of approximately $1.8 million over the next 20 years. The combined, ground-mounted system utilizes 1,344 SunTech 275-watt panels and spans more than 28,100 square feet. The system will generate approximately 560,000 kilowatt hours of energy annually, providing clean power for Medtronic’s operations and reducing the strain on the local utility grid during peak usage hours.

The system will enable Medtronic to generate enough electricity each day to power more than 186 average homes. It will spare the air nearly 250 tons of harmful greenhouse gases annually. Over the next 30 years, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating more than 16 million miles of driving or planting 50 acres of air-filtering trees.

With a 25-year warranty and 30 year design life, this solar power system will provide sustainable, clean energy for decades to come.

About Medtronic

Medtronic, Inc. (www.medtronic.com), headquartered in Minneapolis, is committed to alleviating pain, restoring health and extending life. Medtronic’s Santa Rosa-based businesses make coronary stents and aortic stent grafts, among other medical devices and technology used in the treatment of cardiovascular disease.

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SolarCraft Completes Solar Energy Installation at Windsor High School

New Digital Communications Building Now Solar Powered

Solar Panels, Windsor High SchoolNovato- and Sonoma-based SolarCraft recently announced it has completed the installation of a solar electric system for the new Digital Communications Facility at Windsor High School in Windsor, CA. The Sonoma County school now captures the sun’s energy to power its facility.

The system’s consists of 93 SunTech 280 watt solar panels that convert sunlight directly into electricity and will generate approximately 36,000 kilowatt hours of energy annually. The roof mounted system spans 1,944 square feet and helps to shade and protect the roof.

The new system will reduce the school’s utility costs by thousands every year, while reducing the load on the local utility grid. Excess power generated during the day is sent back to PG&E for credit towards future use.

Solar power generated from the system will produce enough clean energy each day to power over 11 homes. Over the next 30 years, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating over 1.6 million miles of driving and spare the air nearly 690 tons of carbon emissions.

About Windsor High School

This school has a unique “core” system for its students to make the large school seem not as large. All students are enrolled in an academic core along with other non-core classes. The core structure incorporates teams of three teachers who work together to deliver instruction through interdisciplinary project-based strategies. Each core of three teachers meets with students on alternating days for 4 ½ hours of continuous instruction to deliver content in three subject areas.

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SolarCraft Helps Ross School Make the Switch to Solar Energy

Another Marin County School Goes Green

solar energy, Ross, CANovato- and Sonoma-based SolarCraft recently announced it has completed the installation of a 111.7 kW solar electric system for Ross School in Ross, CA. The project includes the newly rebuilt main school building and the gymnasium on the property – now powered by the sun.

Phase One of the system was installed on the main building in 2010 during the school’s massive renovation project. It consists of 312 American-made Sharp 240 watt solar modules. The second phase was recently installed on the newly completed gymnasium and consists of 154 modules. The school is now able to utilize clean energy that is sustainable and price stable.

The solar panels are roof mounted using an engineered non-penetrating mounting system that is low-profile and attractive on the new buildings. The panels span over 8,174 square feet and help insulate and protect the roof.

The new system will reduce the school’s utility costs by thousands every year, while reducing the load on the local utility grid. Excess power generated during the day is banked by PG&E for credit towards future use.

The solar energy system will generate approximately 161,317 kilowatt hours annually, generating enough clean energy each day to power 56 homes. Over the next 30 years, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating over 6.8 million miles of driving and spare the air nearly 3,000 tons of carbon emissions.

About Ross School

Ross School is a unique single school K-8 district serving 378 children on one campus. Located in the heart of the town of Ross, in Marin County, the school serves the students of Ross and includes sections of Kentfield and San Anselmo, which border the town boundaries. Class sizes in K-8 average less than 20 students. Ross School students reside in the Tamalpais Union High School District.

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SolarCraft Partners with SunRun to Offer Easy and Affordable Home Solar

Solar is now a possibility for every homeowner

Novato and Sonoma-based SolarCraft recently announced it joined forces with national solar power service company SunRun. SolarCraft and SunRun will own, install, and maintain solar panels for homeowners throughout Northern California to eliminate the high cost of switching to solar.

“This innovative way of offering solar power lets homeowners use clean, renewable energy in their homes with a low upfront cost, and they pay less than what they are currently paying their utility,” said Bill Stewart, President of SolarCraft. “Homeowners pay for the power, not panels, so the responsibility of owning the equipment is taken out of the equation. It’s a win-win for the customer.”

With SolarCraft and SunRun, California homeowners can add solar to their homes for little or no money down and lock in low monthly payments for clean energy. Typical customers will pay less monthly than their current electric bill, saving between 10-15 percent on total monthly electric bills right away.

“We welcome the opportunity to partner with a company of SolarCraft’s caliber,” said SunRun President and Co-founder Lynn Jurich. “This is an exciting opportunity to put affordable solar on the rooftops of more Californians and offer them a solar service that’s good for their finances and for the planet.”

SunRun’s agreements include monitoring, repairs, insurance and a performance guarantee, providing homeowners peace of mind when switching to solar power. The homeowner’s duration of low payments will last over a 20-year period so they can insulate themselves from rising and volatile utility rates. SunRun owns, insures and maintains the panels and SolarCraft takes care of the installation.

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SolarCraft is Rated Top Solar Company in the North Bay for a Second Consecutive Year

SolarCraft Ranked #1 by North Bay Business Journal

Novato- and Sonoma-based SolarCraft has once again been ranked as the #1 Solar Company by the North Bay Business Journal’s list of solar companies, ranked first by last year’s North Bay solar revenues, then by North Bay employees. North Bay Business Journal’s Lists are the definitive source of business information in the North Bay, including the largest companies in a wide range of major industries: Banking & Finance, Health Care, Construction, Wine, Technology and Real Estate.

SolarCraft is very proud to be the honored once more as the top North Bay Solar Installer. “Number one in probably the most competitive market in the country is quite an accomplishment” notes President and Co-Founder Bill Stewart.

In business since 1984, SolarCraft celebrates its 27th year providing renewable energy services to the North Bay. They offer full-service solar electric, solar pool heating and solar hot water, including consulting, design, installation, financing, monitoring and maintenance.

SolarCraft’s knowledgeable and experienced representatives provide a FREE site consultation and estimate including design and wattage recommendations that are tailored to your requirements. They handle all the paperwork to maximize current rebates and tax incentives, and offer a variety of financing packages.

SolarCraft’s notable North Bay projects include: Meadow Club Golf Course, Fairfax; Marin Airporter, San Rafael; M.A. Silva Corks USA,Santa Rosa; Sonoma Police Department, Sonoma; Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park; Sterling Vineyards, Calistoga; Hamilton Marketplace, Novato; Miss Sandie’s School, Novato; U.S. Coast Guard, Petaluma; Jacuzzi Vineyards, Sonoma; Dahl-Beck Electric, Richmond; Dominican College, San Rafael; Scottish Rite Masonic Center, Santa Rosa; Starmont by Merryvale Vineyards, Napa; Fountaingrove Golf & Athletic Club, Santa Rosa; Marin Builder’s Association, San Rafael; Cline Cellars, Sonoma; Woodlands Market, Kentfield and San Marin Associates Office Building, Novato.

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SolarCraft Brings Solar to Wine Country Shipping & Wine Country Cellars

Leading Shipper & Wine Storage Facilities Now Powered by the Sun

Solar Energy, Wine CountryNovato- and Sonoma-based SolarCraft announced it has completed the design and installation of a 89.7 kW solar electric (photovoltaic) system at Wine Country Shipping in Windsor, CA. Their facility is now powered by clean, solar power, saving energy and money.

The roof-mounted solar system utilizes 390 Centrosolar 230 watt panels and spans 6,831 square feet, helping to insulate and shade the building. Additional energy is saved by the added insulation, reducing the building’s heating and cooling load. Each panel is controlled by an individual micro-inverter manufactured by Enphase Energy of Petaluma, CA. Unlike more conventional solar electric systems, the micro-inverters will allow the rest of the solar modules to produce at full capacity no matter how many panels are soiled or partially shaded. Micro-inverters greatly increase the overall system efficiency.

The system’s photovoltaic panels generate approximately 119,791 kilowatt hours of energy annually, providing over 80% of Wine Country Shipping’s electric needs with clean, renewable energy. The solar power produced each day is enough to power 45 average homes and spares the air nearly 79 tons of harmful greenhouse gases annually. Over the next 30 years, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating over 5.5 million miles of driving.

About Wine Country Shipping & Wine Country Cellars

Wine Country Shipping and Wine Country Cellars provide shipping and storage services for over 150 wineries, helping with Tasting Room orders, Wine Clubs, Wine Writer shipments and Seasonal Mail Order Releases. With 25,000 square feet of temperature controlled warehouse space in two separate buildings in Windsor, Wine Country Shipping and Wine Country Cellars provides a full range of shipping and storage options for tasting rooms , retail outlets and hotels, as well as direct to consumer wine shipping and personal wine storage.

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SolarCraft Completes Solar for Meadow Club

Premier Marin County Golf Course Goes Green with Solar Power

solar panels Marin golf courseNovato- and Sonoma-based SolarCraft announced the completion of a solar electric installation at The Meadow Club in Fairfax, CA. The famed Marin County golf course’s maintenance operations are now powered by clean, renewable energy.

The photovoltaic system is mounted on the steel roof of the Club’s maintenance building and consists of 2,057 square feet of American made Sharp solar panels. The new system will reduce the Club’s utility costs by thousands every year, while reducing the load on the local utility grid. Excess power generated during the day is banked by PG&E for credit towards future use.

The system’s solar panels convert sunlight directly into electricity and will generate approximately 37,147 kilowatt hours of energy annually, offsetting the maintenance building’s yearly energy consumption by more than 90%. It will spare the air nearly 19 tons of harmful greenhouse gases annually. Over the next 30 years, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating over 1.3 million miles of driving.

About The Meadow Club

The first course designed in America by Dr. Alister MacKenzie, the Meadow Club Golf Course sits on the slopes of Mt. Tamalpais in a magical setting and is considered one of California’s finest country clubs. Open since 1927, the 18-hole “Meadow” course at the Meadow Club facility features 6,602 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71

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SolarCraft Team Member Honored for Green Living

SolarCraft, announced that a staff member, James Holloway, was honored as a Clean Energy Advocate by the City of Santa Rosa at its 2nd Annual Earth Day Fair on Saturday, April 16, 2011.

James gained recognition for leading Sonoma County in greenhouse gas reductions and energy conservation. A Solar Sales Consultant at SolarCraft, James practices what he preaches, by producing clean energy at home with a solar electric and a solar pool heating system, as well as conserving energy by upgrading to a high-efficiency furnace. The City honored James for being a leader, and demonstrating that clean, renewable energy is important to our future.

The City of Santa Rosa has established a Clean Energy Advocate (CEA) pilot program within Santa Rosa and Sonoma County which provides an independent, unbiased advocate to assist homeowners in navigating the renewable energy, energy efficiency, and water-use efficiency upgrade process. The City is in partnership with Solar Sonoma County and is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Solar America Cities Special Projects grant through December 2011.

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SolarCraft Expands Solar for City of Sonoma

Public Works Corporation Yard Goes Green

Novato- and Sonoma-based SolarCraft announced that they have completed installation of a 23.9 kW solar electric system at City of Sonoma Public Works Corporation Yard, Sonoma, CA. This is the second major solar energy installation for the City of Sonoma that SolarCraft has been selected to install.

Over the last few years, the City of Sonoma, in an effort to demonstrate leadership in environmental responsibility, has enacted several resolutions promoting and supporting energy efficiency and renewable energy generation, and this installataton will help the City reach its goal of a 37.2% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from City operations. The system was financed under the federal Clean Renewable Energy Bonds, (CREBs) program.

The new system will reduce the City’s utility costs while reducing the load on the local utility grid. Excess power generated during the day is banked by PG&E for credit towards future use.

Each pair of the 102 solar panels is controlled by individual micro-inverters manufactured by Enphase Energy of Petaluma, CA. Unlike more conventional solar electric systems, the micro-inverters will allow the rest of the solar modules to produce at full capacity no matter how many panels are shaded, and greatly increase the overall system efficiency.

The roof-mounted system utilizes U.S. manufacturer Sharp solar panels. They cover 1,789 square feet of the roof and also help shade and protect the building, reducing summer cooling load. The system is expected to generate 30,434 kilowatt hours annually. This is enough electricity to power more than 12 average homes, as well as spare the air of approximately 21 tons of harmful greenhouse gases annually. This reduction in CO2 emissions is comparable to the prevention of 1.4 million miles of driving over the 30 year life of the system.

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