For Mar Vista community activist James Brennan, going solar isn’t just financially sound—it’s a chance to do something unique.
A small group of curious homeowners and city officials gathered Sunday to check out his brand-new solar panel installation.
What they found was something unexpected: a solar system integrated directly into the patio rooftop structure.
It’s sleek, low-profile, and provides light and shade at the same time.
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Solar contractor Mathew Rakocija of Martifer Solar gave a demonstration to the group.
He also explained that because the bifacial panels allow light to reflect back, they produce 10 to 15 percent more energy traditional solar panels.
The system cost $18,000, but after solar rebates and tax incentives, Brennan will pay just $8,000.
“You can go solar today and save 25 to 35, even 40 percent on your electric bill,” Brennan said. “It’s not indefinite, it’s not unlimited, it’s here now.”
To date, 32 homes in the Mar Vista boast solar installations, and thousands more claim the same throughout Los Angeles.
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