|Photo from Solar Mosaic website. The Murdoch Community Center in Flagstaff will soon have its own solar panels!|
Monday, April 9, 2012
Another Solar Mosaic Victory
Solar Mosaic has done it again! The organization successfully raised enough money through "crowd funding" for a rooftop solar installation in Flagstaff, Arizona. The solar panels will adorn the top of the Murdoch Community Center, saving them over $73,000 and cutting over 347,000 pounds of CO2. Solar Mosaic has completed funding for other rooftop solar installations in Oakland and the Navajo Nation.
Solar Mosaic's model is the perfect reminder that rooftop solar is an accessible option that spares our climate and wildlands from further destruction. In addition to Solar Mosaic's victory, the City of Los Angeles also approved a feed-in-tarrif (FiT) for up to 150 megawatts of rooftop solar. Although the FiT is focused on larger rooftop solar installations, the city will hopefully expand the program in the coming years to benefit smaller installations. Rooftop solar is taking off, and California has already surpassed its 1,000MW rooftop solar goal. But we have a long way to go if we are going to catch up to countries like Germany and Australia. In just 2011, Germany installed over 5,000MW of rooftop solar, and over 500,000 Australian homes have solar panels.