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Special Financing Available for Solar and Other Energy Efficient Upgrades

City Hall for slider 460HThe Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program provides financial assistance for energy and water conservation upgrades.

  • Provides loans to residential and commercial property owners to install energy and water conservation improvements and renewable energy upgrades.
  • No up-front cost.
  • Repayment occurs on the property tax bill, which can be tax deductible and transferred to future owners of the property.

The program also provides:

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Go Solar Locally – Even Without Panels on Your Roof!

Solar panels against sky“Local Sol,” a new feature of Marin Clean Energy’s “Deep Green,” promises 100% “real” local, distributed solar power from the solar facility in the old Novato Cooley quarry outside town, not the problematic reliance on unbundled renewable energy certificates (RECs), which do not fund actual addition of new solar capacity.  Check out MCE’s website to see how you can go Local Sol and other options for greener energy.

Click here to learn more about Local Sol.



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Show Support for Solar Panels at Hamilton!

Solar shade in lancasterThe Novato City Council will consider a proposal on Tuesday, November 18, to fund installation of solar panels downhill from the Hamilton Pool, off Hangar Avenue. The solar installation would offset current utility costs for the pool operations.  This is a great way to combat climate change, so please let the City of Novato know if you support the project by writing to public Works Administrative Manager Felicia Newhouse, at:

If funded, public hearings will be conducted in the future to consider authorizing the City Manager to execute specific agreements for the project.

You can see complete details for the project at this link:


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Walking the Walk – Hamilton Homeowner Shows Ways to Go Green & Save Money

Donn Davy, Sustainable Novato Vice President, doesn’t just “talk the talk” in cutting his home’s greenhouse gas emissions and adopting a serious “green” lifestyle.  He and his wife are seriously “walking the walk” with all sorts of sustainable, affordable improvements in how they live and work.  Their example offers a great model for other Novato property owners and renters who want to “go greener”.  Donn is achieving a huge reduction in his carbon footprint, saving money on his water, gas and electricity bills, improving his home’s comfort in all seasons, and feeling satisfaction and more self-reliant for doing so.  Here’s a list of improvements he made, plus things he has still to do.  See what he considers his most important results. Continue Reading →

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Donn Davy’s EV Experience

Donn DavyAfter a year and a half of driving our Nissan Leaf all-electric zero emissions car, do we still like it? Did we make the right decision in leasing it? Has it met our expectations? Are we happy EV drivers?  To all these questions we offer a resounding, “yes!”.

The car is used more by my wife, since I work mostly out of an office in our home, and since I sometimes need to carry bulky equipment in my work.  The Leaf has adequate room for the equipment, but since it’s a new car, we choose to use the 2006 Prius instead.  Nancy drives the Leaf to work every day.  We take it to both airports, to the top of Mount Tam, to the tip of Point Reyes, to Santa Rosa and Healdsburg, to the East Bay, and of course on all types of shorter errands around Marin.  Continue Reading →

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