Original Air Date: Week of March 8, 2012
Alternative energy expert Ross Trethewey travels to San Francisco to learn about a new way to finance the installation of photovoltaic solar panels. Then, with the help of a local contractor, he installs a new solar power system for a homeowner. Afterward, general contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner frame the walls for a basement-remodeling project.
Solar Power Purchase Agreement
Alternative energy expert Ross Trethewey installs solar panels that have been financed in a new way.Where to find it?
Expert assistance and installation on this project was provided by:
Anukene WardaLuminalt Solar Energy Solutions
San Francisco, CA
The solar financing company that the homeowner worked with on his power purchase agreement (sometimes called a "solar lease") is:SunRun
San Francisco, CA
The microinverters that convert the DC power generated by each panel to AC power were manufactured by:Enphase Energy
The solar panels that Ross and Anukene installed were Suntech Power STP240-20 modules, manufactured by:Suntech Power
The installation of solar power involves penetrating a roof, wiring panels and inverters, and connecting to a house's electrical system. It is a job for a professional crew. Contact your local solar company for more information.Framing New Interior Walls
Tom helps a homeowner frame new walls in her basement.Where to find it?
Kiln-dried (KD) and pressure-treated (PT) lumber are available at home centers and lumber yards. Tom purchased the lumber for this project at .
The cordless nail gun that Tom uses is manufactured by Bostich
and is available at home centers and specialty tool stores.
The powder-actuated gun that Tom used to attach the sill to the concrete floor is manufactured by Ramset
. Please be aware, however, that operators must be licensed to use this tool.