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Published on January 29th, 2009 | by Natasha Mooney

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Top 10 Celebrity Homes That Should Go Solar


Solar is sexy, and many celebrities, including Tom Hanks, Brad Pitt, and Will Ferrell, have already jumped on the bandwagon.

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But many celebs have not, even though they represent a select group who own a disproportionate number of outrageously excessive homes located in sunny places, and they may want to consider re-decorating their roofs with energy-generating silicon.

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If saving money and resources, or doing the right thing aren’t enough, every time a celebrity installs solar with BP Solar Neighbors program, a low-income home in South Los Angeles will receive a system as well. It also wouldn’t hurt for any of these people to spearhead their local solar panel collective bargaining clubs.

For your viewing pleasure (and our own personal enjoyment), we’ve rounded up the top ten heinously huge celebrity homes that probably should attempt to redeem themselves by installing solar panels. We’ve added DC nameplate rating quotes for each roof to show the wattage that would fit on the usable roof space, which was estimated by our resident solar expert and former solar installer. (An average home can fit about 4 kW, for your reference.)

Here they are, ranked from the smallest to largest potential system:

10. Ashlee Simpson, Beverly Hills, California, 2.5 kW

Pete Wentz said goodbye to his $1.8 million bachelor pad and hello to this $4.5 million home with Ashlee. They now live right around the corner from Demi and Ashton. Though this house isn’t ideal for solar, the installation could be just the distraction Ashlee needs right now.

9. Hayden Panettiere, Los Angeles, California,
13.8 kW

The 19-year-old actress lives with her best friend in this $2.6 million mansion. Don’t worry, her parents live right down the street. Hayden is a spokesperson for Save the Whales Again!, and a solar installation would give her some major street cred with treehuggers.

8. Jessica Alba, Beverly Hills, California, 20.2 kW

Jessica Alba and Cash Warren bought this $4 million, 4 bedroom home to welcome their baby girl. The press has praised Alba for using non-toxic paint and used furniture, but we know she can do better than that.

7. Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, Montecito, California, 22.2 kW

Some solar panels would be a great addition to this 7 bedroom, $18 million LA mansion, and might provide some carbon karma for Tom and Katie and their fleet of private planes and SUVs.

6. Paris Hilton, Beverly Hills California, 25.8 kW

Since Paris has such a comprehensive energy policy, we were surprised that she hasn’t yet either drilled for oil in her backyard or simply installed solar on her $6.2 million, 5 bedroom home. In case you were wondering, there is a designated area for her dogs to live with pink pillows, pink bowls, and personalized doggie crowns.

You may be surprised to see who is #1. Continue to page 2:




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About the Author

Natasha is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with an Urban Studies degree. A native Philadelphian, she recently moved to San Francisco to experience the West Coast and gain a new perspective. Natasha is committed to social and environmental justice, and enjoys writing about urban environments. Down the road Natasha plans on pursuing a degree in city planning and working to improve slum conditions in the developing world.



14 Responses to Top 10 Celebrity Homes That Should Go Solar

  1. Eric Fine says:

    I think this is great. I wish I could live in a house like this.

  2. Eric Fine says:

    I think this is great. I wish I could live in a house like this.

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  4. Wouldn’t we all like a house like these???? I know that I will keep on dreaming of property like the ones shown in the photos

  5. Wouldn’t we all like a house like these???? I know that I will keep on dreaming of property like the ones shown in the photos

  6. Shannon says:

    These homes are huge and would provide so much solar energy. These celebs should go solar and show that they care about the environment.

    shannon

  7. Shannon says:

    These homes are huge and would provide so much solar energy. These celebs should go solar and show that they care about the environment.

    shannon

  8. Mary Browning says:

    Can anyone tell me the name of the architect who designed the largest “green” mansion built in Southern California? Samantha Brown, a program regularly featured on the Travel Channel aired last week, showed this mansion, which has a two-part name that begins with “L”, and a key element of the mansion was a interior water feature (which it’s name implies) but I can’t find it.
    Thank you!

  9. Mary Browning says:

    Can anyone tell me the name of the architect who designed the largest “green” mansion built in Southern California? Samantha Brown, a program regularly featured on the Travel Channel aired last week, showed this mansion, which has a two-part name that begins with “L”, and a key element of the mansion was a interior water feature (which it’s name implies) but I can’t find it.
    Thank you!

  10. seo packages says:

    I think expecting them to be energy efficient is to ask to much… they live in a PLASTIC world… ;)

  11. seo packages says:

    I think expecting them to be energy efficient is to ask to much… they live in a PLASTIC world… ;)

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  14. Perhaps a celebrity endorsing solar cooking as well as solar power would be a great thing Another great innovation is solar ovens and barbecues saving a huge amount of wood from forests from being burned as fuel as well as gas and coal http://sun-ovens.yolasite.com/

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