2016 Fund-A-Need

Solar-Powered Judaism



The Beth Chaim solar panel system is a complete, turnkey solar electric system that consists of 136 commercial panels (these are larger than residential panels), arrayed on the hillside of our property, facing Camino Tassajara. Each panel produces 330 watts of energy (vs. 250 for residential).

Installed in the summer of 2016, the system not only reduces our carbon footprint, but helps us realize significant savings in power costs. By going green, we are able to pay 10-15% less than our previous monthly PG&E bill for the first five years of the project; after that, we pay PG&E nothing at all. The result is a savings of more than a half a million dollars in power costs over the next 20 years.

Costs and Financing

Environmental benefits

Financial benefits

The installation

Donations and ongoing contributions