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11/20/2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS RELEASE #RE 07-18
Subject :

Roseville Electric Wins Solar Program Award for the Second Consecutive Year
Contact :Vonette McCauley, Electric Public Relations Manager, Roseville Electric    916.774.5625
    vmccauley@roseville.ca.us
Roseville Electric received an award for Innovation in Solar Program Design at the Solar Electric Power Association’s (SEPA) conference in Long Beach this September; marking the second year in a row the city-owned utility has received national recognition for its innovative programs. 

Roseville Electric’s Blueprint for Efficiency in Solar Technology (BEST) Homes is a residential new construction program between the City of Roseville, home builders and solar technology vendors.  The program allows for a streamlined permitting process and cash incentives for developers who agree to build rooftop solar electric generation systems and energy efficient technologies incorporated in new homes. 

Since the program’s inception earlier this year, BEST Homes continues to produce incredible results.  To date, developers have agreed to an amazing 1,300 home reservations, capturing about 40 percent of the planned new home construction growth market over the next three years. 

“Our BEST Homes program is a key component in reducing peak energy use during critically hot summer days. Developers have embraced this program allowing us to reach our intended goal of 20 percent of all new homes built in town to incorporate solar,” said Tom Habashi, Roseville Electric Utility Director.  “BEST Homes is a model I hope other cities will find appealing and I offer up the plans to anyone that would like a copy!”  

Builders aren’t the only ones excited about the continuing success of the BEST Homes program.  With the option to roll all solar and efficiency costs into the mortgage, home buyers are buying these homes, realizing the immediate and long term financial and environmental benefits of owning an energy efficient home.   

The expected result from the ten year program is an excess of 2,750 participating homes which will result in a total demand savings of 7.4 megawatts, peak energy savings of 62.4 million GWh, and the avoidance of more than 25,000 tons of greenhouse gasses.  The environmental impact created as a result of the BEST Homes program is equivalent to removing 5,000 cars from the road or planting more than 9 million trees over 10 years. 

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Roseville Electric, the City of Roseville's award-winning electric utility since 1912, provides its 50,000 customers award-winning reliable energy and dependable service at some of the lowest energy rates in California.  Roseville Electric strives to achieve a sustainable energy future for its customers by investing in clean, renewable energy projects and energy efficiency programs.

 

 


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