Published on January 29th, 2009 | by Natasha Mooney14
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.
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,
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
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.