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August 14, 2002

Home Depot Offers Solar Power Systems on East Coast, Supports Solar Decathlon

The Home Depot announced on August 6th that it is now selling AstroPower residential solar power systems in select stores in Delaware, New Jersey, and New York. Home Depot began selling solar power systems in three of its stores in San Diego, California, in September 2001. With the latest expansion, Home Depot now sells solar power systems in 18 San Diego stores, 16 stores in the Los Angeles area, 18 stores on Long Island, 5 in southern New Jersey, and 4 in Delaware, for a total of 61 stores nationwide. Unfortunately, that's still less than 5 percent of the company's 1,296 Home Depot stores throughout the United States.

The systems are being sold and installed under a full-service program that includes installation and service. Home Depot also offers financing options for the systems. See the AstroPower press release.

Home Depot also signed on in March as a sponsor for DOE's Solar Decathlon, a first-ever competition among universities to design and build energy efficient homes that provide for a modern lifestyle using only solar energy. Home Depot is providing financial and in-kind support to the 14 student teams, including professional advice on materials and homebuilding techniques. See the press release on the Solar Decathlon Web site (PDF 1.29 MB). Download Acrobat Reader.

The Solar Decathlon is approaching rapidly: it will be held from September 19th through October 9th on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. See the latest news from each team, and learn more about the competition, on the Solar Decathlon Web site.

The solar decathletes, and other energy-conscious homebuilders, might want to check out a set of online videos provided by the California Energy Commission (CEC). Although intended mainly to educate homebuilders and energy code officials on California's latest "Title 24" energy efficiency standards for homebuilding, the videos provide useful information for anyone interested in such topics as structural insulating panels (SIPs), insulation, high-efficiency windows, and other topics. The CEC site includes overview videos for consumers and training videos for energy professionals. See the CEC Consumer Energy Center Web site.