1BOG and SolarCity Announce Bay Area-Wide Residential Solar Program

Tue Jan 6, 2009 11:00am EST

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Innovative Solar Aggregator Taps California`s Leading Residential Solar Power
Provider to Extend Affordable Solar Option to Entire San Francisco Bay Area
SAN FRANCISCO & FOSTER CITY, Calif.--(Business Wire)--
One Block off the Grid (1BOG), a consumer advocacy group for residential
renewable energy, and SolarCity, a national leader in solar power system design,
financing, installation, monitoring and related services, today announced the
solar industry`s broadest community purchase program to date, extending special
pricing and affordable financing options on residential solar systems to
residents of the entire San Francisco Bay Area. 

"We selected SolarCity due to the large discount, array of products, and their
installation practices, but what really sealed it for us was their offer of free
demand-side energy monitoring and a free home-energy audit to 1BOG
participants," said Dave Llorens, general manager of 1BOG. The audit shows
people where to find the best bang-for-the-buck on green home improvements,
while the new monitoring technology empowers people to make continued and
measurable improvements to their energy efficiency. With these, we can cause a
greater amount of positive change." 

SolarCity/1BOG program participants are eligible to receive 25 percent off the
retail cash price of a home solar system and a comprehensive design and
installation package that includes monitoring and energy audit services.
Participants who choose to finance the installation through SolarCity`s unique
SolarLease option - which can allow customers to pay less for solar power each
month than they previously paid for electricity from their power company - are
eligible to receive their first three months free by signing up through 1BOG.1
As part of the 1BOG program, SolarCity is offering participants free SolarGuard
Energy Monitoring and a free Home Energy Audit (a combined value of $4,300).
SolarGuard tracks a household`s solar energy production against actual
electricity consumption to show homeowners how to increase savings by optimizing
energy use. The purchase program begins today. To be eligible for the program,
homeowners need to register with 1BOG at www.1BOG.com before January 31, 2009. 

"Thanks to new financing options, rebates and tax credits, an investment in
solar power delivers a better, more predictable return than most other
investments available today - one of the industry`s greatest challenges is
making more people aware of these benefits," said Lyndon Rive, SolarCity`s CEO.
"1BOG`s grassroots marketing efforts help spread the word about solar
affordability, and we`re excited to team up with them on this unprecedented
regional program." 

1BOG and SolarCity will host two Web-based seminars or "webinars" to provide
program details and answer questions from potential participants. Interested
participants should visit www.1bog.org/webinars to register to attend one of the
following webinars: 

Wednesday, Jan. 14; 12:00 p.m. Pacific 

Saturday, Jan. 17; 10:00 a.m. Pacific 

For questions or additional information about the program, contact SolarCity at
888-SOL-CITY or 888-765-2489 or send email to info@solarcity.com. 

About 1BOG

1BOG is the largest community-based initiative that is focused on driving
widespread adoption of renewable energy and sustainable solutions through
education, community building and group purchasing programs. San Francisco-based
1BOG was founded in June 2008 and quickly demonstrated the power of community
purchasing for solar energy in San Francisco, and has since expanded to 20
cities. For more information please visit http://www.1BOG.org. 

About SolarCity

SolarCity - a national leader in solar power system design, financing,
installation, monitoring and related services - was founded with the mission to
help millions of homeowners and businesses adopt solar power, protect themselves
from rising electricity costs and protect their environment from polluting power
sources. The company`s first-of-its-kind SolarLease offering can make it
possible for homeowners to switch to clean, solar power for less money than they
currently pay for electricity. SolarCity currently serves more than 300
communities in California, Arizona and Oregon. Additional information about the
company is available on the Web at www.solarcity.com. 

1 25 percent cash discount and three months free offers only apply if customer
signs within first two weeks of receiving a proposal. 

Brad Burton, 650-823-1670
Jonathan Bass, 650-963-5156

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