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Solarize Ventura – Program Concludes with 62 New Solar Households
The Solarize Ventura program recently concluded with an impressive 62 households converting to solar. The 3-month program, coordinated by the Santa Barbara non-profit Community Environmental Council (CEC), offered Ventura homeowners discounted pricing, pre-vetted solar contractors, and a free independent solar consultant. Participating households also took advantage of a 30% federal tax credit and a nominal $1 permit fee from the City, which are still available to anyone wanting to go solar.
Throughout the Solarize Ventura program duration, CEC offered free educational workshops across the City. These workshops, attended by more than 250 local homeowners, explained the benefits of switching to solar, different financing options and how going solar leads to large savings on energy bills.
Over 25 years, the new solar panels installed through Solarize Ventura will avoid more than 3000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions – the equivalent to not burning 335,000 gallons of gasoline. The program also led to more than $1 million of economic stimulus to the local solar market.
Big Bellies: Taking A Big Bite Out of Trash
This past August, The City of Ventura Environmental Sustainability Division, in partnership with the Downtown Ventura Partners (DVP), installed 30 Big Belly trash and recycling bins. These containers are state-of-the-art, using solar power to self-compact trash, which reduces the amount of necessary pick-ups, saving money. These bins provide easy recycling at each trash container too. This will help Ventura to divert even more recyclables from the landfill, encourage public recycling, and eliminate unsightly scavenging of recyclables. Read More.