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Cafe Moto's current home in Barrio Logan, San Diego

IMAGE CREDIT: Doug Gates

When Torrey Lee first looked into adding solar panels, the estimates turned out to be massively prohibitively expensive. Then he came across Solar Power Partners in Sacramento, CA, who offered a unique ‘power purchase agreement’—basically, he leases his roof to the solar energy company, who installed 105 panels and the necessary monitoring and electrical equipment, under the agreement that Cafe Moto would buy its energy from them at a rate lower than the local utilities company.

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