April 1, 2008


Berkeley Takes Another Step Toward Solar

Berkeley Provides Free Building Permits for Solar Installation

Berkeley, CA - The City of Berkeley took another step forward today in bringing more solar energy to Berkeley. Initially proposed by Council Member Dona Spring and passed by the Berkeley City Council, the City now waives the building permit fees for solar installation on single-family homes. The Council allocated an initial $25,000 to cover the fees, which range from $100 to $200 per residence.

“Going solar is one of the most effective ways to reduce energy and reverse climate change”, said Mayor Tom Bates. “The solar installation fee waiver reduces one more barrier for Berkeley residents to Go Solar.”

“Wow! At 8:30 a.m., this morning April 1, A1 Sun Inc. arrived at the Berkeley Building Permit Office to a great surprise that was no April Fools Prank! We are the first Solar Contractor to participate in the new program granting property owners free city building permits for solar installations!” said Kathleen Guistino, Chief Financial Officer of A1 Sun Inc. “Our city is truly ‘walking the walk’ to support solar! Removing another hurdle/expense makes it easier and more affordable for the home or small business owner to ‘Go Solar’ - more business in Berkeley, more jobs, more tax revenue, all with the added benefit of a greener Berkeley.”

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