The Solar Habitat program, a partnership between Habitat for Humanity International and the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) to fund solar-powered Habitat for Humanity homes in Northern and Central California, has recently constructed a new 12-home housing development in Oakland, California. On October 17, Habitat for Humanity, PG&E, and the city of Oakland celebrated the undertaking at the housing development’s build site.
“Today, the City of Oakland celebrates yet another partnership with Habitat for Humanity and PG&E. Together, we are transforming a site that has long been vacant in this community,” said City of Oakland Council President Larry Reid. “We look forward to how the development of these 12 new solar Habitat homes on Edes Avenue can change an entire neighborhood and are excited about several additional Habitat for Humanity developments in the area.”
Since its introduction in 2007, the Solar Habitat program has provided funds to construct a total of 416 solar-powered Habitat for Humanity homes. This year, PG&E has provided $1.27 million to the program, and will aid in constructing 64 solar-powered homes in Northern and Central California.
“Habitat for Humanity’s mission of making homeownership a reality for deserving families in California and around the world is one PG&E is proud to support,” said Chris Johns, Pacific Gas and Electric Company President. “Through our flagship Solar Habitat program, PG&E and Habitat for Humanity are bringing clean, renewable and affordable energy to homes and neighborhoods across PG&E’s service area, particularly to those that historically have been underserved and overlooked. Together, we’re building a brighter future for the people of this State.”
Each solar panel system which Habitat for Humanity, PG&E, and the city of Oakland have installed will prevent the release of 4,400 pounds of carbon dioxide yearly. Credit: NAFTC.
The Solar Habitat program builds homes that are both cost-efficient and environmentally sustainable.
Homeowners save an average of about $500 per year in electric bills, and are able to utilize the nearly 300 kiloWatts of renewable energy that the solar panel system provides.
Each year, the solar panel system on each home prevents the release of 4,400 pounds of carbon dioxide, adding up to 132,000 pounds of carbon dioxide over the 30-year span of the system. This year alone, with 64 newly-constructed solar-powered homes, the Solar Habitat program will help to prevent the release of 281,600 pounds of carbon dioxide. This is equivalent to preventing the consumption of almost 18,000 gallons of gasoline.
“Habitat for Humanity is tremendously thankful for the support from the City of Oakland and PG&E,” said Janice Jensen, President and CEO of Habitat East Bay/Silicon Valley. “The City of Oakland was instrumental to the success of this development and others in the area resulting in 128 Habitat homes within a one-mile radius. The collaboration with PG&E has allowed these homes to be both financially and environmentally sustainable.”