43 homes have taken part in Solarize SLO County program

newsroom@thetribunenews.comOctober 11, 2013 

REC Solar employees install solar panels at a home in Arroyo Grande in 2010.

JAYSON MELLOM — The Tribune

Forty-three local homeowners have switched to solar electric systems during the first two months of a special purchasing program called Solarize San Luis Obispo County, according to the two nonprofits sponsoring it.

And about 10 full-time jobs have been added by the two local solar installers, REC Solar and Solarponics, said Jefferson Litten, Solarize program coordinator for the Community Environmental Council. It’s hoped that these jobs will become permanent, he added.

The solar program — which ends Nov. 1 — is sponsored by the CEC and Economic Vitality Corp. Their goal is to make solar power “simple and affordable for county residents while stimulating the local economy.’’

Previous Solarize group-purchasing programs in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties helped more than 140 homeowners switch to solar energy.

To learn more about the program, residents can attend one of two upcoming workshops: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16, SLO Elks Lodge, 222 Elks Lane, San Luis Obispo; or 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23, Atascadero Pavilion, 9315 Pismo Ave., Atascadero. Information is also available at www.solarizeslo.org or by calling 805-963-0583 ext. 105.

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