In This Issue

Welcome to The Solar Citizen, SolarCity's look at what's new under the sun.

Analysts expect U.S. solar adoption to double in 2009.
Back to the ... Present

2009 should be an exciting year for solar power. According to estimates from Lux Research, the U.S. is expected to surpass 1.21 gigawatts of installed solar capacity sometime in the next 30 – 60 days. If that number sounds familiar to you, it may be because, according to Hollywood, it's also the amount of power required to send a DeLorean backward in time. Great Scott!

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The Party That Pays You (And the Planet) Back

The decision to use solar power means something a little different to everyone. Some do it purely to reduce their carbon footprint, out of love for the planet. Others like the great return on investment they realize in the form of electricity savings. Whatever the reason, almost all of our customers like to share their solar experience; what better way to do that than throwing a party?

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A quick, simple efficiency audit can generate substantial savings on energy costs, and allow your solar installation to offset more of your energy use.
Going Green Without
Breaking the Bank

As more Americans begin to incorporate sustainability practices in their lives, we continue to hear that "going green" can be expensive. Well, environmental responsibility that everyone can afford is a SolarCity mantra. Since our solar financing options can allow many homeowners to switch to solar power for less than they previously paid for electricity, we suspected that there might be other ways to go green for less. Here are three green things you can start doing today that can save you money!

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The Otay Mesa Border Station sees more than 1 million vehicles and $30 billion in goods pass through its gates each year.

Otay Mesa Border Station SAN DIEGO, CA

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) is the largest public real estate organization in the country, and the world's largest landlord. GSA manages more than a quarter of the government's total procurement dollars, and influences the management of $500 billion in federal assets, including 8,600 government-owned or leased buildings. So needless to say, we were thrilled and very honored when GSA tapped SolarCity to install a 274 kilowatt solar power array on the Otay Mesa Border Crossing Station in San Diego.

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The Kobayashis' compact array offsets approximately 60 percent of the family's annual electricity costs.

The Kobayashis LAFAYETTE, CA

Greg Kobayashi's family is committed to green living: The family has worked to reduce their trash to only one bag a week, and his 9-year-old daughter even rinses out and reuses the plastic storage bags. "We're always looking for ways to conserve," he says, adding that he recycled about 80 percent of the materials he pulled out during a recent kitchen remodel.

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Did you know?

Did you know you can share your solar production website with your friends and neighbors? Simply click the "Share This Page" button from your online SolarGuard account page. Your friends will get an email with a direct link to your interactive display.

* After reviewing some of our marketing costs, we determined that you, our customers, are our best advertisers, so we decided to take some of the money we've been spending on advertising and give it to you. Our lawyers have also asked us to add that to qualify for the $1,000 Refer a Friend promotion, you must be an existing SolarCity customer. Your referrals must first contact SolarCity between January 1 and March 31, 2009 and sign a contract for a new solar system by March 31, 2009. Ask your friends to mention your name when they first call SolarCity so that we can give you credit for the referral. The $1,000 Refer a Friend promotion is not valid with any other promotions or group discount programs.