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San Rafael Solar Energy Case Study, Schmidt Family

San Rafael Resident Saves Over $1,700 Annually with Solar Electric System

SolarCraft residential solar energy installation


Project Overview
Location San Rafael, CA
System Size 5.2 kW
Surface Area 281 sq. ft.
Product SunPower 327 watt
Production 7,674 kWh/year
# of Solar Panels 16

Mr. Schmidt compared several solar contractors to determine that SolarCraft had the expertise to install a solar electric system for him.

In addition to electricity produced for his household, the solar panels generate surplus electricity to sell to PG&E for energy credits. The system includes 16 SunPower panels and a grid-tied inverter from SMA America.

Mr. Schmidt’s utility bill has been reduced by 84%, plus solar power protects him from future utility rate increases.

San Rafael is an active solar community. Residents are turning to solar as a viable and attractive source of energy.
SolarCraft has installed more than 1,000 solar energy systems in the San Rafael area.


• Saves the Schmidt family over $1,700 in electric bills annually

• Will reduce CO2 emissions by 30 tons over 30 years, equivalent to eliminating over 2,800 miles of driving each year

• Increases property value without increase to property tax assessment

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