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Sun Light & Power Celebrates 40 Years in Solar!

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Contact:
Gary Gerber, Sun Light & Power (800.233.4SUN, gary@sunlightandpower.com)

Local Solar Installer Celebrates 40 Years in Business
Sun Light & Power completes over 1,700 solar installations in Northern and Southern California

BERKELEY, CA, 4 August 2016 — A Berkeley-based solar installation company is celebrating this month its 40th year of designing and building solar systems in the Bay Area and beyond. Established in 1976 by Cal Berkeley-trained engineer Gary Gerber, Sun Light & Power serves a broad range of customers in the commercial, nonprofit, residential and public sectors in Northern and Southern California. Projects range from modest solar electric (photovoltaic) systems for individual homeowners to large commercial applications that combine solar electric systems with solar water heating.

According to Gerber, Sun Light & Power was founded with a mission to make a positive difference in the world. “As a California Benefit Corp, we are committed to the good business practices that support our shared environment, provide generously for our team members, and enrich the community we live in,” he said. In 2012 Sun Light & Power was one of the first companies in California to become a Certified B Corp, and was also the first solar company to be certified as an Alameda County Green Business, over 14 years ago.

Since 1976, Sun Light & Power has completed over 1,700 solar installations, both solar electric and solar thermal. This number includes over 20 megawatts of PV and 173 solar thermal projects installed within the past 10 years. The company and its projects have been featured in various publications and websites, including SolarPro, PM Engineer, Journal of Light Construction and Business In Focus.

Gerber added that being in the solar design and installation business for 40 years is a major accomplishment and is a feat he believes is unmatched by any solar company in the state. “Others may have dabbled in solar in the early years, but Sun Light & Power was founded as a solar design and installation company from day one. We are proud to have played our part in bringing solar to thousands of properties in California and we look forward to continue doing it in the years to come,” he said.

About Sun Light & Power
Founded in 1976, Sun Light & Power is celebrating its 40th continuous year of designing and building solar systems in California, both solar thermal and electric. Sun Light & Power’s team of engineers, project managers and installers serves a wide range of commercial, nonprofit, municipal and residential clients, with a strong emphasis on the multifamily and affordable housing sector. Sun Light & Power is one of the first companies in the state to become a Certified B Corp as well as being the first solar company to be certified as an Alameda County Green Business. For more information, visit www.sunlightandpower.com.

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2016 SPCA

SF SPCA.jpeg – Sun Light & Power recently installed a 586 kW solar system on one of the campuses of the San Francisco SPCA, which is an animal shelter, a spay/neuter clinic and a full-service public animal hospital. (Photo credit: Sun Light & Power)

2016 Tuscany

Tuscany.jpeg – The company serves a wide range of commercial, nonprofit, municipal and residential clients, with a strong emphasis on the multi-family housing sector. Shown in the photo is a market-rate apartment that features a 124.44 kW solar system and 32 solar thermal collectors. (Photo credit: Sun Light & Power)

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The Comfort Zone: Why so many Bay Area Companies are choosing to stay private – SF Business Times

Read what Gary Gerber has to say in the <a href=”http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/video/2016/06/the-comfort-zone-bay-area-companies-stay-private.html”>SF Business Times article</a>.

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‘Green’ Housing Complex for Farmworkers Opens in Soledad

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Contacts:
Gary Gerber, Sun Light & Power (800.233.4SUN, gary@sunlightandpower.com)
Nathan Ho, Eden Housing (510-247-8193, nho@edenhousing.org)

‘Green’ Housing Complex for Farmworkers Opens in Soledad
Carport’s solar electric system to offset all common area electricity usage, majority of tenant’s usage

BERKELEY, CA, 12 July 2016 — A previously run-down labor camp in Soledad, CA is now a vibrant, welcoming home for local farmworkers and their families. Camphora Apartments, surrounded by acres of prime agricultural land known as the “Salad Bowl of the World”, is now home to a new housing complex that meets the toughest industry standard for sustainable building design. In addition to the 242kWp solar electric system installed over the parking lot, other green design features include high-efficiency lighting, space heating and hot water systems, an efficient landscape irrigation system and Energy Star appliances in all the units.

Camphora was developed by Eden Housing and South County Housing in partnership with the County and the City of Soledad. It provides 44 two- and three-bedroom apartments to residents with annual incomes between 30% and 60% of the Monterey County Area Median Income, which is about $21,500 to $43,000 per year for a family of four.

According to Linda Mandolini, President of Eden Housing, the new development is the result of a successful collaboration with various stakeholders. “Camphora is truly a project for the community by the community,” she said. “We are pleased to partner with South County Housing and with the County of Monterey in providing beautiful new homes for farmworkers in the Salinas Valley.”

Mandolini added that Camphora is a testament to Eden Housing’s mission of delivering high-quality affordable housing communities to those who need them. “We pioneered the adoption of green technologies and features more than 40 years ago, and we will continue building all new properties with green features to reduce energy and water costs and improve the quality of life for our residents.”

According to Jesse Quay of Sun Light & Power, the solar company that installed the solar shade structures over the parking area, the PV system is expected to offset 100% of the community’s common area electricity usage as well as the majority of the tenant’s usage. “The PV system on the carport is comprised of 792 LG 305W solar panels. In addition to helping Eden Housing and their tenants save on their electricity bills, the solar system provides a sustainable future for our community and our planet,” he said.

Meets toughest industry standard for sustainable building design
The new apartment complex has received LEED-H Platinum certification, which is the highest LEED rating possible from the U.S. Green Building Council. It also exceeds California’s energy efficiency standards (Title 24 energy standards) by 38%. The Title 24 energy standards were created by the California Building Standards Commission in 1978 to reduce California’s energy consumption. It addresses the energy efficiency of new and altered homes and commercial buildings.

Quay explained that Title 24 standards are updated psuneriodically by the California Energy Commission to account for improvements in building materials and energy efficiency technologies.

Welcomes previous tenants
According to Eden Housing, 25 of the previous households were relocated temporarily and have returned to the new community. A small number of families whose household income was more than income thresholds received permanent relocation benefits. “Many of the farmworker families have lived at Camphora for decades and we are pleased so many of them has returned,” Mandolini said.

Amenities include barbeque and picnic areas, a community garden, a 3,000-sqft community center, and a computer room. There are also designated recreation areas such as two turf soccer fields, a half-court basketball court, and a playground for toddlers. Onsite management and supportive services will also be provided by Eden Housing.

Camphora Apartments was funded with financial support from the U.S. Bank, U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation, California Department of Housing and Community Development, U.S. Department of Labor, County of Monterey, Eden Housing, South County Housing, Federal Home Loan Bank, NeighborWorks America, Century Housing, Rural LISC, and Monterey County Housing Authority. KTGY Architecture + Planning was the architect and the general constructor was Midstate Construction.

“For the past 20 years, Monterey County has been working to find a way to rehabilitate the facility that was built in the 1960s. All stakeholders and community partners are very pleased to see the fruit of our efforts,” Mandolini said.

About Sun Light & Power
Founded in 1976, Sun Light & Power is celebrating its 40th continuous year of designing and building solar systems in California, both solar thermal and electric. Sun Light & Power’s team of engineers, project managers and installers serves a wide range of commercial, nonprofit, municipal and residential clients, with a strong emphasis on the multifamily and affordable housing sector.  Sun Light & Power, a Certified B Corp, is one of the first companies in the state to become a Certified Benefit Corporation as well as being the first solar company to be certified as an Alameda County Green Business. For more information, visit www.sunlightandpower.com.

About Eden Housing
In its 48 years of service in California, non-profit Eden Housing has provided a home for more than 65,000 people. Hayward-based Eden Housing is the long-term owner-operator of its developments, and is committed to preserving and maintaining its buildings as community assets and supporting residents with a range of services. Since its founding in 1968, Eden Housing has developed, acquired, and/or managed more than 10,400 affordable homes in more than 165 properties. Eden provides professional property management and supportive resident services to families and individuals living in its portfolio of more than 8,200 apartment homes in nearly 130 properties throughout California. For more information about Eden Housing, visit www.edenhousing.org.

The 242kWp PV system installed on the carport will offset 100% of the common area electricity usage as well as the majority of the tenant’s usage. (Photo credit: Sun Light & Power)

The 242kWp PV system installed on the carport will offset 100% of the common area electricity usage as well as the majority of the tenant’s usage. (Photo credit: Sun Light & Power)

Camphora Apartments was developed by Eden Housing and South County Housing in partnership with the County and the City of Soledad. (Photo credit: Eden Housing)

Camphora Apartments was developed by Eden Housing and South County Housing in partnership with the County and the City of Soledad. (Photo credit: Eden Housing)

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A previously run-down labor camp in Soledad, CA is now a vibrant, welcoming home for local farmworkers and their families. Camphora Apartments, surrounded by acres of prime agricultural land known as the “Salad Bowl of the World”, is now home to a new housing complex that meets the toughest industry standard for sustainable building design.

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SLP teaches about solar power at the OUSD Stem fair – LAMORINDA WEEKLY

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Contacts:

Gary Gerber, Sun Light & Power (800.233.4SUN, gary@sunlightandpower.com)

Meg Hanley, TerraVerde Renewable Partners LLC (443.845.2629, meg.hanley@tvrpllc.com)

Orinda Elementary School to Hold STEM and Art Fair

Maker’s Day to feature robots, drones, clay animation and solar technology

BERKELEY, CA, 1 June 2016 – Promoting interest in STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – is a top priority for many Bay Area schools. By encouraging students early on to engage in problem solving, collaboration and hands-on activities, STEM subjects become fun, exciting and engaging.

To further foster interest in STEM and the arts, an elementary school from the Orinda Union School District (OUSD) will hold a Maker’s Day Fair early this month that will have students work on robots, drones, clay animation, green screen movie making and solar technology. Del Rey Elementary School will have their Maker’s Day Fair on June 2 (9am-12nn) on campus for their students and families.

According to Del Rey principal Kirsten Theurer, the Maker’s Day Fair exemplifies great community spirit. “We are very excited to bring together our students, faculty and staff, parents and other members of the community in an event that celebrates science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. We hope that this fair will further inspire our future artists, scientists, doctors, astronauts, engineers and researchers.”

Del Rey Elementary School is a 2015 National Blue Ribbon School. The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program of the U.S. Department of Education recognizes public and private schools where students achieve very high learning standards.

Glorietta Elementary School, another OUSD school, will hold a similar event in the fall, with the exact date to be determined.

Hands-on science exploration

Activities of the half-day event include a robotics and coding station where students can code paths for their robots or quadcopters, and a solar power demonstration that will focus on solar cell exploration and clean energy generation. Volunteers from Lawrence Hall of Science will also be setting up various math and engineering stations.

According to Pam LoPinto, Sun Light & Power’s project manager for the solar system installations at five OUSD schools this summer, the solar power demo aims to pique student’s imaginations about the use of clean, renewable energy in our daily lives. “Engaging children in creative uses for solar energy is essential to ensuring a hopeful energy future for them,” she shared.

Rick Brown, President of TerraVerde Renewable Partners LLC, added that harnessing children’s natural curiosity helps stimulate interest in sciences, the environment and even renewable energy. “It is exciting that we may have the next engineer or researcher attending the fair who just might be responsible for future improvements in solar or battery storage technologies,” he said. TerraVerde is assisting OUSD in their solar project as the District continues its goal of improving its facilities and grounds, and creating a better learning environment for its students.

Create videos, public art

For the budding filmmakers, there will be green screen movie making and clay animation stations, where students can draft their scripts and create a video of their stories using either green screen, or clay and an iPad. John Toki, a well-known Bay Area sculptor, will also be on-site to guide students as they help design, weld and paint a piece of public art to be displayed at the Orinda Library and later installed at Del Rey.

About Sun Light & Power

Founded in 1976, Sun Light & Power is celebrating its 40th continuous year of designing and building solar systems in California, a feat unmatched by any solar company in the state. Sun Light & Power’s team of engineers, project managers and installers serves a wide range of commercial, nonprofit, municipal and residential clients, with a strong emphasis on the affordable housing sector. Sun Light & Power is one of the first companies in the state to become a Certified Benefit Corporation as well as being the first solar company to be certified as an Alameda County Green Business. For more information, visit www.sunlightandpower.com.

About TerraVerde Renewable Partners LLC

TerraVerde is the leading independent energy advisory firm focused on managing large-scale efficiency and solar projects for its clients. TerraVerde develops renewable energy facilities for local, state and federal governments, school districts and water districts. Our solar energy systems provide our clients with fairly priced, reliable, long-term, inflation-hedged source of green energy. Additionally, our systems help our clients meet clean energy regulatory requirements and achieve green branding objectives. We create value in the communities in which we operate by reducing local greenhouse gas emissions, supporting community-based environmental programs and local government initiatives and providing investments that promote the development of green jobs.

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Orinda Union School District holds a science, technology, engineering and mathematics fair – Press Release

See the published article at www.lamorindaweekly.com

Del Rey Elementary School – Maker’s Day Fair

June 2, 2016 (9am-12nn)

Del Rey Elementary School along El Camino Moraga held a Maker’s Day Fair last June 2 on campus to further foster their students’ interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and the arts.

Students and their families enjoyed the half-day event as they gained hands-on experience working with robots, drones, clay animation, green screen movie making and solar technology. According to Del Rey principal Kirsten Theurer, the Maker’s Day Fair exemplifies great community spirit. “We are very excited to bring together our students, faculty and staff, parents and other members of the community in an event that celebrates science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. We hope that this fair will further inspire our future artists, scientists, doctors, astronauts, engineers and researchers.”

Del Rey Elementary School of the Orinda Union School District (OUSD) is a 2015 National Blue Ribbon School. The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program of the U.S. Department of Education recognizes public and private schools where students achieve very high learning standards.

Sun Light & Power (SLP), the company who will be installing solar systems at five OUSD schools this summer, and TerraVerde Renewable Partners LLC, the company assisting the District in their solar project, did a solar power demonstration that focused on solar cell exploration and clean energy generation. “It was fun explaining to the kids how energy from the sun can be harnessed and used to power ordinary appliances,” SLP’s Bobby Shultz said. Ashley Dimas of TerraVerde added that the students asked great questions and were really interested in how the solar-powered water pump that was on display worked.

Aside from exploring STEM-related booths, students wrote movie scripts and created a video of their stories using either green screen, or clay and an iPad. John Toki, a well-known Bay Area sculptor, guided the students as they help design, weld and paint a piece of public art to be displayed at the Orinda Library and later to be installed at Del Rey.

Glorietta Elementary School, another OUSD school, will hold a similar event in the fall, with the exact date to be determined.

 Photos and Captions
Del Rey Students.jpeg – Students from Del Rey Elementary School worked with robots, drones, clay animation and solar technology during the school’s Maker’s Day Fair last June 2.
SLP.jpeg – Sun Light & Power’s Bobby Shultz and Zach Gill explaining to the students the benefits of clean, renewable energy.
TerraVerde.jpeg – A demo of a solar-powered water pump by TerraVerde’s Ashley Dimas.
Photo credit: Sun Light & Power-Kristin Broussard
Contacts:
Marge Maceda, Sun Light & Power (800.233.4SUN, mmaceda@sunlightandpower.com)
Meg Hanley, TerraVerde Renewable Partners LLC (443.845.2629, meg.hanley@tvrpllc.com)

Promoting interest in STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – is a top priority for many Bay Area schools. Orinda Union School District (OUSD) will hold a Maker’s Day Fair early this month that will have students work on robots, drones, clay animation, green screen movie making and solar technology from Sun Light & Power.

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AVA 55 Ninth in San Francisco – PM Engineer

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Tankless Units Heat Water for 17 Stories – Commercial Architecture

Eighteen tankless water heaters combine with a solar hydrothermal pre-heating system to deliver a steady flow of economical hot water to tenants in this 273-unit LEED Gold apartment complex.

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‘Green’ Affordable Housing Development Opens in Oakland – Press Release

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Contacts:
Gary Gerber, Sun Light & Power (800.233.4SUN, gary@sunlightandpower.com)
Liz Eckstein, Resources for Community Development (510-841-4410 x 333, leckstein@rcdhousing.org)

‘Green’ Affordable Housing Development Opens in Oakland
Solar electric and thermal systems combine to offset much of apartment building’s energy footprint

BERKELEY, CA, 19 May 2016 — A new affordable housing development incorporating several green design features opens today in Oakland. Located in one of the city’s most diverse neighborhoods, 1701 MLK is a five-story supportive housing development that includes both Photovoltaic (PV) and Solar Thermal (ST) systems designed to generate electricity and heat water. There are ENERGY STAR appliances in all the units, the installed cabinets and countertops are free of harmful chemicals, and drought-tolerant plants are used in the landscape.

Developed by Resources for Community Development (RCD), 1701 MLK offers five studios and 20 one-bedroom units to individuals with income limits between 30% and 50% of the Area Median Income. In addition to safe and affordable housing, the building will provide residents with community room equipped with laptops and a landscaped roof garden where residents can gather and relax.

“1701 MLK will allow residents to maintain their self-sufficiency in a safe, thriving residential community that is close to jobs, BART and bus lines, retail, recreation, healthcare and other commercial amenities,” said Dan Sawislak, executive director at RCD. “We are offering supportive services in collaboration with LifeLong Medical Care so residents who have been without housing can gain stability and live independently.”

Sawislak added that the new facility underscores RCD’s commitment to sustainable living. “RCD builds and maintains properties that use resources responsibly, minimizes waste and harm to the environment, and promotes health and well-being for residents and the community.”

According to Jesse Quay of Sun Light & Power, the company that installed the solar systems, 1701 MLK has a roof-mounted PV system that will offset a large portion of the of the building’s common electricity usage and eight solar thermal collectors that will preheat the majority of the hot water needed by the 25 new households. “These solar systems are designed to last for many decades, which will help RCD and their tenants save on their gas and electricity bills while providing a more sustainable future for our community and our planet,” he said.

Exceeds CA energy efficiency standards
1701 MLK received a very high GreenPoint Rating of 171 points from Build It Green, which is a non-profit organization that promotes energy- and resource-efficient building practices. The new building was rated on well it did on the following categories: energy efficiency, water conservation, indoor air quality, resource conservation and community.

In addition to being GreenPoint rated, 1701 MLK exceeds Title 24 energy efficiency standards by at least 15%. The Title 24 energy standards were created by the California Building Standards Commission in 1978 to reduce California’s energy consumption. It addresses the energy efficiency of new and altered homes and commercial buildings.
Quay explained that Title 24 standards are updated periodically by the California Energy Commission to account for improvements in energy efficiency technologies and methods as well as changes to fuel costs.

Community effort
Seven units in 1701 MLK are reserved for individuals who are chronically homeless, while 18 units are for individuals who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness. Of those, 12 units will be available to individuals with HIV/AIDS. All units are subsidized by the Oakland Housing Authority, which means residents will pay 30% of their household income towards rent.

“We have been in the solar business since 1976 and we have seen the growing need for more affordable housing in the Bay Area,” Quay said. “That is why Sun Light & Power is proud to have partnered with RCD in furthering their commitment to creating and preserving affordable housing for low-income members of the community.”

The project received funding from the City of Oakland, Alameda County Housing and Community Development, Northern California Community Loan Fund and Bank of America. Pyatok | architecture + urban design was the architect and the general constructor was J.H. Fitzmaurice, Inc.

About Sun Light & Power
Founded in 1976, Sun Light & Power is celebrating its 40th continuous year of designing and building solar systems in California, a feat unmatched by any solar company in the state. Sun Light & Power’s team of engineers, project managers and installers serves a wide range of commercial, nonprofit, municipal and residential clients, with a strong emphasis on the affordable housing sector. Sun Light & Power is one of the first companies in the state to become a Certified Benefit Corporation as well as being the first solar company to be certified as an Alameda County Green Business. For more information, visit www.sunlightandpower.com.

About Resources for Community Development
RCD’s mission is to create and preserve affordable housing for those with the fewest options, to build community and enrich lives. We have developed more than 2,200 affordable housing units that serve over 4,200 residents in Alameda, Contra Costa, and Solano counties. RCD provides complete solutions to community development. We leverage public and private investments in funding, transportation and other infrastructure improvements, and social services to create lasting change for people and communities. For more information, visit www.rcdhousing.org.

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A new affordable housing development incorporating several green design features opens today in Oakland. Located in one of the city’s most diverse neighborhoods, 1701 MLK is a five-story supportive housing development that includes both Photovoltaic (PV) and Solar Thermal (ST) systems designed to generate electricity and heat water.

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