Solar in San Francisco

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Way back in 2016, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed the Better Roof Requirements for Renewable Energy. It was legislation that made San Francisco the first major city in the country to mandate solar panels on new construction – residential and commercial – ten stories and shorter. The law went into effect into 2017, piggybacking on an existing California law that required new buildings to set aside 15 percent of roof space as “solar ready,” i.e. clear and out

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Living Large in Micro-Housing

A trend is spreading across the country, less square footage is more living. As a raging housing market battles for competitive square foot prices, behind the front-lines, a transition targeting quality of life supplied by ease and simplicity stands. San Francisco, Fort Worth and New York City are carrying a new American lifestyle, living large in micro-housing. Tiny house architects and dwellers alike are prioritizing freedom from tiresome property management, favoring an affordable lifestyle choice. The micro-housing movement is a

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SF Green Finance Program for Homeowners suspended…

Sadly, I knew it was coming… but San Francisco has suspended their loan program to help homeowners save energy and go green… From GreenFinanceSF Hello, As a result of guidance issued by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) on July 6, 2010, the GreenFinanceSF Program has been suspended indefinitely. The following notice has been posted to the GreenFinanceSF website at www.greenfinancesf.org. “The GreenFinanceSF residential program is suspended until further notice. According to guidance received from the Federal Housing Finance Agency

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San Francisco One step away from becoming Solar City

Earlier this month San Francisco’s Public Utilities Commission approved a plan to grant healthy incentives to help cover the costs of installation for solar panels. The plan, would grant between $3000 – $5000 per private residence, depending on whether you use a local installer and how close you are to a local power plant, and $10,000 per business. I’m not clear on whether the myriad of non-profit Home Owner Associations throughout the city qualify under the business category, but one

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