A resident of Kentfield, Calif., says that her homeowners association won’t allow her to install solar panels on the roof of her home because they are not the right color. Power4Patriots urges the association to grant her permission.
Betty Segars of Kentfield, Calif., said she has spent about $500 so far on deposits and application fees for her planned purchase of solar panels from San Francisco-based Sunrun, Inc., a residential solar electricity company. But she said the Kent Woodlands Property Owners Association is telling her that the outlines of each solar cell need to be black instead of white. The company only makes panels with white outlines.
Power4Patriots, which applauds individuals and businesses for installing solar panels in order to save money and take some pressure off a vulnerable electrical grid, believes that producing solar energy is more important than any aesthetic value the homeowners association might place on the color of the panels.
Power4Patriots is a recently updated series of videos and manuals describing how to build solar panels, wind turbines, water heaters and solar heaters. The system includes six videos demonstrating how to build a solar panel, including choosing the right materials, finding the right site for the system and avoiding costly mistakes, as well as two instruction manuals with step-by-step, illustrated directions. It also includes four videos and two instruction manuals detailing how to build a wind turbine.
4Patriots Partner Allen Baler said that the time commitment to build a solar panel ranges from two to four hours, with the first one requiring more time than subsequent panels. A wind turbine requires a handful of hours to build.
“On average, the costs are under $200 to build a solar panel and under $200 to build a wind turbine,” Baler said. “Consumers who purchase already-made solar panels and wind turbines spend three to four times that amount. Installing solar panels and a wind turbine at one’s home will cut energy costs by as much as 75 percent.”
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