Jerry Seinfeld Changes His Roof To Solar

Jessica Seinfeld and Jerry Seinfeld at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival.
Jessica Seinfeld and Jerry Seinfeld at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival. Photo credit: David Shankbone

The East Hampton Architectural Review Board approved Jerry Seinfeld’s request to install solar panels on his Furthur Lane Estate on May 10, according to The East Hampton Star. Sunpower will be installing two 65 x 10 foot panels, each producing 25 Kilowatts, between the pool and the nature conservatory. Seinfeld had Laurie Wiltshire of Land Planning Services represent his plan in front of the board. She assured them that the solar panels would not be able to be seen by anyone. A representative from Sunpower stated that the panels absorb 20% of the sun’s energy therefore creating more power than Seinfeld could possibly need.

After he bought the 10-acre, $32 million dollar estate from Billy Joel in 2000, Seinfeld became known to the East Hampton Architectural Review Board when he got a law passed to allow him to build his own baseball field in 2005. His next big project is attracting a lot of positive press for Seinfeld and the green energy community.

The solar panels that Seinfeld will be installing are from a company called Sunpower. They promise to virtually eliminate your electricity bill, and they supply panels that produce more energy then any other solutions. They claim that these panels out perform the competition by maintaining their energy in early morning, late in the day and on cloudy days, when all other solar panels falter. The panels do this by absorbing different wavelengths of light. While also maintaining prime efficiency when initially exposed to the sun, these revolutionary panels also perform better when it’s hotter outside because it’s more efficient converting light into electricity not heat. With patented technology this solar system is able to produce 50% more power, four times more than thin-film solar panels, and take up less roof space, which allows people to place them in the most unobstructed place.

Business Week announced that Sunpower solar panels return a homeowners’ solar power investment by 15% a year. Homeowners can also receive a Federal Tax Credit for consumer energy efficiency that can save 30% of the cost of the solar system.

Is it a surprise that one of the most wealthy and influential people in the world is getting a state of the art solar system in his backyard? Not really, but it’s a positive change that will help decrease the carbon footprint and greenhouse gases and influence other people to be proactive about the environment. How can you argue with that?

Maybe his new coworkers will jump on the green bandwagon. Seinfeld, Alec Baldwin, Ricky Gervais and Larry David are all involved in a top-secret project. Seinfeld is not giving up any clear-cut information on his next big thing, but he gives hints and clues on his Twitter account. From Twitter we’ve discovered that the project includes cool vintage cars, and that what they’re filming is not a commercial. And, early last month, it was revealed that the tentative title for the show is “Comics and Cars.” Details are still hazy, but the comedians will be test-driving vintage cars while taking trips down memory lane and telling jokes.

We’ll just have to wait and see what else Seinfeld has up his green sleeves…

Watch for the Seinfeld at society and charity events all summer in the sunny Hamptons.

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