Celebrities have an economy all their own. Buying homes, renovating them, renovating them again… or just generally spending money with ease are all part of the rites of being rich and famous.
Of course, the most expensive homes also tend to be the biggest and most secluded, and while that might be great for peace of mind and escaping paparazzi, it also means a whole lot of rooftop. And what better way to decorate a rooftop than with an array of beautiful, sparkling solar panels. Below we take a look at what kind of power these celebs could produce if they went solar — and how many average U.S. homes they could power.
Rihanna’s Crash Pad
Pop’s edgiest princess isn’t like to settle down any time soon. But she did just buy a 7-bedroom home for a permanent playground in Southern California’s lovely Pacific Palisades. Sadly, though, while she could have a killer solar array, due to shade and her sun deck she’d probably only offset about 25% of her approximate energy use.
Location: Pacific Palisades, California
Details: 7 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms, dining room with 14-foot ceilings, pool, rooftop sun deck, hot tub, and a stunning view of California’s coast
Cost: $12 million
Solar Potential: 28 panels (without sun deck), 10 kW system
Annual Energy Produced: 13,000 kW @ 6 hours of daily direct sunlight
How many “normal” homes could her system power? 1.6
Jennifer Aniston & Justin Theroux’s Temporary Love Nest
The soon-to-be newlyweds are camping out in a modest home in Beverly Hills until their nearby Bel Air mansion is built. Although renters usually can’t add solar panels to their homes, Hollywood’s hottest couple could probably finagle a deal with the landlord to pull some weight for the planet. Regardless of how the Aniston-Therouxs adorn their temporary residence, we can’t wait to see what they do with their $21 million Bel Air home, as early pictures show lots of open roof space.
Location: Beverly Hills, California
Details: 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, closed gate
Cost: $40,000 per month
Solar Potential: 30 panels, 110.35 kW system
Annual Energy Produced: 17,453 kW @ 6 hours of daily direct sunlight
How many “normal” homes could her system power? 1.7
Tom Brady & Gisele Bündchen’s Green Mansion
Solar panels already help this power couple run their home — both on the house and on the ground. Even in sunny California, however, solar energy will only go so far on a house this size. We estimate that their current system only offsets about 51% of their household energy usage, leaving their home light green at best. Going the extra mile, Gisele has stated on her blog that more than 80% of the house is built from recycled materials and also features a rainwater recovery system.
Location: Brentwood, California
Details: 8 bedrooms, 6-car garage, spa, pool, gym
Cost: $20 million
Solar Potential: 150 panels, 39 kW system
Annual Energy Produced: 19,280kW @ 4 hours of daily direct sunlight
Star Power Potential: 12.85 stars
Will & Jada Pinkett Smith’s Calabasas Castle
Nestled in a Malibu canyon, the Smith abode is protected from much of the coastal haze, soaking up much more sunlight (and heat). With its solar-friendly California location and expansive grounds, the Fresh Prince and fam’s home makes an ideal candidate for solar energy conversion.
Location: Malibu, California
Cost: $20 million
Details: 9 bedrooms; yoga and meditation room; guesthouse; horse facilities; basketball, tennis, and volleyball courts; private lake
Solar Potential: 80 panels, 19.6 kW system
Annual Energy Produced: 33,051 kW @ 6 hours of daily direct sunlight
Star Power Potential: 13 stars
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
It probably takes a village to run Brad and Angie’s brood’s daily lives, and it’d take a village to power their French estate, as well. If Château Miraval was relocated to Hollywood, they could use a system like Tom and Gisele’s to produce 72,000 kW per year and offset about 10% of their assumed energy usage.
Location: Château Miraval, France
Jessica Simpson’s Post-Osbourne Dwelling
Once home to Sharon, Ozzy, Kelly, and Jack Osbourne (and their army of small dogs) in the early 2000s, Jessica Simpson has since undertaken major renovation on the place, including converting Sharon’s famous walk-in closet to a nursery for her new baby. This Hidden Hills home’s expansive rooftop access is capable of accommodating some serious solar paneling, although shade might be an issue and require some landscape pruning.
Location: Hidden Hills, California
Cost: $13 million
Details: 6 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, swimming pool, patio, nursery
Solar Potential: 55 panels, 22,723 kW system
Annual Energy Produced: 33,051 kW @6 hours daily direct sunlight
Star Power Potential: 2.24 stars
Seeing celebrities use their notable influence for good is inspiring. We’d love to see more people take a note from Gisele and Tom’s blueprints for green home renovations to extend their solar energy in their homes and around the world — showing us their true star power.
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