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Read about solar installation and stories that highlight how solar power is saving money, cutting carbon, bringing smiles, and changing lives in SF.  San Franciscans share their solar experiences in our catalogue of case studies.

Once home to prisoner number 85, the infamous Al Capone, the famous historic federal prison building on Alcatraz Island is now home to 280 kW of solar panels that will provide most of the island's electricity.Read>
British Motor Car has installed one of the largest commercial solar PV installations in San Francisco. Find out how they did it.Read>
A full-service pet boarding facility in San Francisco's Bayview district installs solar & energy efficiency to be more energy independent. The business also participates in voluntary demand response program.Read>
Seven homeowners in Pacifica pool together and receive 10% discount through a residential solar group purchase. Read>
The Rosebud Agency a music booking agency and management company located in San Francisco's Haight/Ashbury district, installed a 10-kW solar electricity system, making it the first company in the music industry to go solar on such a large scale. The system supplies 100% of Rosebud's electrical needs.Read>
A couple in Noe Valley installed a solar system on their Noe Valley home and office. The system powers not only their home, but also their home-based business: a recording studio, multi-media, and music composition company that the couple operate out of their basement.Read>
A group of Portola Valley Ranch residents met to discuss what to do in response to climate change and decided to self-organize a solar PV group purchase.Read>
Sagan Piechota Architecture has been solar powered for over two years with solar electricity and solar hot water. The system also powers Blue Bottle Coffee and a furniture shop on the first floor of their building in Hayes Valley.Read>

Additional Information for Solar PV Case Studies

SF Energy Map
A map of renewable energy activity around the City, including installed solar systems, case studies, and monitoring stations.
Solar in Action in San Francisco
San Francisco's Challenges and Successes on the Path toward a Solar-Powered Community