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Many San Franciscans are already successfully using the sun to provide for much of their domestic hot water needs.  Read some of their stories to learn what it means to go solar in San Francisco.

Project Open Hand prepares 2,600 hot meals and over 400 grocery orders per day to seniors and those with symptomatic HIV/AIDS in San Francisco and Alameda County.Read>
St. Francis Square cooperative affordable housing community includes 299 apartments, covers 3 square blocks, offers a vibrant social atmosphere oriented around large open spaces, and is home to one of the largest collective solar water heating systems in San Francisco.Read>
In May 2009 Elizabeth Balaqui decided to install both solar electricity and solar water heating to offset some of her Victorian home's carbon emissions in the heart of the Castro District.Read>
Read about a homeowner in the Sunset District that has completed a green overhaul of his home, including both solar powered radiant heating AND solar electricity. Read>
Apartment owner installs solar water heating system to provide the domestic hot water for her tenants and highlights other benefits to landlords that can come from making green improvements to their buildings, including being able to offer these features to prospective tenants when trying to fill vacant units.Read>
Proud owner of four apartment buildings in San Francisco has been doing everything she can to reduce her buildings' energy use by outfitting them with renewable energy technology.Read>
Since its founding in 1981, the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (TNDC), a community-based non-profit, has been committed to serving the lower-income individuals in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood by providing the most basic foundation for prosperity: a place to call home.Read>

Additional Information for Solar Water Heating Case Studies

SF Energy Map
A map of renewable energy activity around the City, including installed solar systems, case studies, and monitoring stations.
SF Solar Water Heating Calculator
This calculator only provides a basic estimate to help San Francisco property owners get a first look at how solar water heating can benefit them.
Free Solar Classes at PG&E's Pacific Energy Center
The Pacific Energy Center offers free educational classes on energy efficiency and renewable energy topics.
Green Tenant Toolkit
The Green Tenant Toolkit will assist tenants and landlords in reaching their sustainability goals within commercial buildings.