Businesses Leasing their Roofs for Solar Panels

It’s a hot topic these days with the economy on shaky ground and the Presidential Election in the final stretch. How can we generate enough clean energy to satisfy our needs?
Well, on tonight’s Ecological for Today’s show contributor Sloan Barnett is here to tell us about one Bay Area man who has the answer.
He sure does. He’s been learning as he goes and this trash titan has found a way to make recycling even greener. Take a look:
I’ve been a garbage man since 1948 in high school but I wasn’t really a garbage man. I was a scavenger.

Renewable Solar Energy and Recycling

Joe Garbarino knows a thing or two about garbage, back when his dad own the company, they collected trash field fashionably. Now decades later, Joe is more than a garbage guru. He’s sorting, processing, and recycling: taking this expertise to a new level.
Now we’re scavenging the sun! It’s exactly where we are recycling it! It’s a shame it took us so long to get here.

When this installation is complete, Marin Sanitary Services Recycling Center will be powered completely by these solar panels.
The more of these (panels) we could do, the less we’re going to depend on foreign oil and that’s what really hurt the United States economy really bad. It’s getting worse every day.
Joes says he’s doing his part on reaping the savings while he’s at it. He says he is leasing the solar panels and the cost is less than what his yearly energy bill would be… …And Joes says he’s not stopping here.

More than Just Solar Panels

We’ve done this now and we’re going to try to do as much as we can and we’re even working with some elected officials about putting turbines up in the hill.
San Francisco’s Sunlight Electric installed the panels. They say Marin Sanitary will avoid more than 200,000 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions every year from now on.
And Sloan we assume that part of the cost savings would be tied to rebates or incentives?
Well that’s true. Sunlight Electric says that Marin Sanitary and other users are getting help from a third to 30% federal tax credit which helps pay for the installation of the panels. The California Solar Initiative started in ’07, provides solar customers with a rebate as well.

Solar Panels Not Getting You Off The Grid

So Sloan, does this mean that customers like Marine Sanitary are off the grid then?
Well not exactly. They’re sending the solar power they produce back to the grid and then they use their electricity as usual as they normally would. They’ve been smart, though. They calculated how many panels they need to cover their usage and the good news is no more exorbitant electric bills from P.G.N.E.


  1. I co own Sunpower Solutions. We are a solar coapmny in South Jersey. I can tell you that the average cost for a system under 7Kw, is $7. 95 per watt. What people fail to realize, is that there is a lot more that goes into a PV system than just panels. Racking, hardware, combiner box, inverters, labor to put the panels up, pay the electrician that ties it all together, the architect that measures the wind load on the panels, etc. It’s not cheap. Although, in the state of NJ, the the amount of time it takes for the system paying for itself, is 4 years. It doesn’t matter if it’s a huge system or the smallest PV system, it’s 4 years. Any questions, just ask. @Martin:The thing with those programs, is that the coapmny that is leasing the system, is taking advantage of the renewable energy credit that the system is producing. Yes you get cheap electricity, but you are not taking advantage of the money making ability of the renewable energy credits.

    1. Solar energy is the most efefiicnt green energy and as the technology in solar panels continues to develop and become cheaper, smaller and more efefiicnt then the feasibility of using this source of energy will increase.

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