The Sonoma Community Center is thrilled to announce the completion of a long-awaited upgrade to our building, solar! Novato and Sonoma based SolarCraft recently completed the installation of an 87 kW DC solar installation, the photovoltaic (PV) system is expected to offset over 70% of our utility bills, helping the Center save over $26,000 in electrical costs every year.
Designed and installed by SolarCraft, a leading North Bay solar installer for over 35 years, the solar photovoltaic system is roof mounted and designed to produce 120,271 kilowatt hours annually. The Sonoma Community Center is taking a leadership role in sustainability, contributing to the community’s environmental and economic health, providing a cleaner energy future for years to come. Not only are we lowering our carbon footprint, but we are easing pressure on the local power grid.
SolarCraft offers unique financing options specifically for non-profits, which eliminates high upfront costs. The finance payments are typically less than paying PG&E, so the projects are saving money immediately. Along with reducing their own carbon footprint, nonprofits can be leaders in educating their partners and clients about the importance of environmental conservation.
During the life of the system, almost 5 million pounds of carbon dioxide generated by the Sonoma Community Center’s operations will be eliminated. This impact is equivalent to removing air pollution produced by more than 7.5 million miles of driving over 25 years or the pollutants removed by 40 acres of trees in one year.