Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Whitman Could Save 64% on Energy If She Went Green

By Lindsay Wasserberger
Tue, Jun 22, 2010 at 5:01 PM

Oakland solar company Sungevity concluded that Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman could save 64 percent on her residential electricity bill each month if she went green. Using its satellite imagining technology, the company determined that Whitman’s home could support an 8.93 kilowatt solar-panel system — an installation three times greater than that recommended for her Democratic opponent Jerry Brown.

Brown would save 34 percent on his monthly electricity bill and break even overall, given the monthly system leasing costs, by using a 2.82 kw system, Sungevity announced this week.

The company said it conducted the assessments to encourage the candidates to personally support the clean energy movement. However, it’s unclear whether the candidates will accept the challenge.

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