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A Green Makeover This Sunday on ABC

If you happen to be flipping through the channels this Sunday, March 8th at 8:00 p.m., consider flipping over to ABC, and check out Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. You're probably familiar with the show, which matches deserving families with cutting-edge designers, who "make over" homes in seven days of frenetic, high-octane remodeling. For those of you who've experienced the magic of "reality television" behind the scenes, you might know that sometimes the magic can be manufactured. Not so with Extreme Makeover. What they purport to do—completely rebuild a house in a week—is 100% real.

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A Little Sunshine in the "Stimulus"
Sun reflects off installation of First Solar modules in
San Rafael, Calif.

The Random House Dictionary defines "stimulus" as "something that incites or rouses to action," and we think that's what Congress and President Obama had in mind when they drafted the renewable provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, otherwise known as the "Stimulus."  The Stimulus demonstrates our country's leadership for strengthening a renewable energy economy in the U.S. SolarCity joined many others in speaking to individual members of Congress to discuss the challenges that face the renewable energy industry as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was moving through the legislative process. Our ideas were received enthusiastically. Of course we're a little biased, but we believe that solar projects' capacity to create jobs quickly, lessen the energy industry's environmental footprint, and begin to help alleviate the country's dependence on foreign energy sources make a strong case for public support.

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The Bencivengos' compact solar array offsets most of their electricity use each month


Richard and Lace Bencivengo have always tried to live in a sustainable way. They've filled their garden with stone groundcover, succulents and other drought-resistant plants native to the dry, Southern California surroundings to lessen their impact on the area's delicate water supply. They also try to make sparing use of power-hungry appliances, flip off the lights when they're not using them, and only turn on the air conditioning on the hottest days of the year. Lace Bencivengo even drives an electric-powered truck for her gardening business to spare the air.

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Montna Farms' Harvests the Sun

The Montna family has been farming in California since the late 1800s in a proud, sustainable tradition. The Montnas have been conscientious about protecting wetlands, waterways, wildlife and habitat, taking care of the natural resources that sustain their family business. Today, Yuba City, Calif.-based Montna Farms has grown into one of the largest suppliers of super premium short grain rice in the United States, with 2,500 acres under production annually. Late last year, Montna began producing a new bounty: solar electricity.

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