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Rosebud is music industry's first Solar Powered facility >>

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Certified Green - The Rosebud Agency has been named among the first San Francisco businesses to become officially certified as a Green business. >>

Mike Kappus interview is included in
"Explore More: The Future of Energy" Feature Video

Mike Kappus' interview on KFOG

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The Rosebud Agency's Solar Power – A 2000 Press Release - Updated - 2008

The Rosebud Agency led the way in pursuing environmentally responsible solutions to our energy needs by having converted our San Francisco headquarters to solar power in August of 2000. By all accounts Rosebud was the first company in the music industry to make this conversion. Our setup at the time of installation was also the largest solar power system in the city of San Francisco. The system, designed by Occidental Power, may be viewed at the Installations - Solar Electric section of their website.

The Rosebud Agency, founded by its president Mike Kappus in 1976, is best known for its work with recording artists like Marcia Ball, Beausoleil, JJ Cale, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Mavis Staples, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, John Hammond, Bill Frisell, Loudon Wainwright III, Charlie Watts, and the late blues legends Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker among many others (see current roster).

Kappus is a long-time environmentalist who has contributed to various environmental organizations over the years. Among the projects he has spearheaded on behalf of environment causes are two compilation CDs for environmental organization, Earthjustice, featuring artists as diverse as Norah Jones, Etta James, Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Ry Cooder, Bonnie Raitt, Michael Franti and Captain Beefheart among many others.

Even prior to converting to solar power, Rosebud's headquarters near Golden Gate Park since 1989, has maintained a consistent policy of environmental practices. In addition to recycling everything possible, Rosebud re-uses the back side of all paper for in house usage, re-uses incoming bubble wrap, packing popcorn and shipping envelopes adding a stamp that informs the recipient of outgoing mail that materials are being re-used to save energy and resources. All organic materials go into a compost bin which is used to maintain a primarily native plant garden in Rosebud's backyard. The company also recycles printer toners, all stationery is made on recycled paper with soy based inks and all used computers are given to charity. Kappus also drives a Honda Insight, the first gas/electric hybrid car available in the US, on the days he doesn't ride his bicycle to work.

Certainly this degree of corporate consciousness is helping keep the air clean and reduce energy consumption, but it has economic rewards as well. The initial investment - while substantial - was reduced by nearly 50 percent in government-funded rebates for alternative energy investments. The Rosebud Agency now pays no electric bill and the solar system actually creates more energy than the company uses, with the surplus electricity going back into the grid as clean energy for other users. The system will be fully paid off shortly but the free electrical power will continue indefinitely.

(The quotes below were taken when Rosebud’s solar power was installed in August 2000. Fortunately, the opinions expressed below are now becoming much more familiar to the public.)
According to Greg Kennedy, president of Occidental Power, who designed Rosebud's system: "The Rosebud Agency is showing off a technology that is considered alternative today but will be considered conventional tomorrow. The telecommunications and Internet are actually powered by solar if you consider that the satellites use solar to power up. If we take it one step further, Rosebud is continuing the solar loop by creating its own energy via the sun as well. If the buildings of America did what the Rosebud Agency does by supplying some or all of its own power, the goal of achieving a cleaner environment for the next generation would be much closer."

"My greatest goal with this project would be to convince others that solar is a sensible alternative now and that we can all literally breathe easier if more people would convert their homes and offices to solar," says Kappus of Rosebud's solar power.

Occidental Power

Occidental Power is San Francisco's leading retailer, designer, and installer of quality solar energy systems. Occidental Power is a licensed California Solar Contractor offering design, installation, maintenance, and service of commercial and residential solar thermal, electric, and natural gas cogeneration systems. Located in San Francisco, our staff has been designing and installing solar energy and cogen systems for over 20 years.

The Rosebud Agency's Solar Power System Draws National Attention

Rosebud's Solar Power system has been attracting media attention from all corners. Recent features include the following:

• Radio features on KQED, KGSR, KFOG

Internet profile on on,,,, Bluesnews, and and The San Francisco Examiner (front page feature).

San Francisco Examiner: Rosebud's solar energy is a light in a dimmed city

• New Media Music: The Rosebud Agency in San Francisco is first music industry facility to convert to 100% solar power

NothingButDaBlues: The Rosebud Agency in San Francsico, first music industry facility to convert to solar power, is set to weather California weather crisis Is solar power the answer for dot-com profitability?

Bluesnews: Rosebud Goes Green - San Francisco's Rosebud Converts HQ To Solar Power