In its last meeting of 2008, the Sacramento Municipal Utility District\u2019s Board approved $4.5 million in contracts and contract addendums. The board authorized a reworking of SMUD\u2019s contract with Lennar Renaissance to increase incentives by $4.3 million for the installation of energy efficiency and photovoltaic measures in 400 new homes it plans to build. \u201cAs part of its new approach to PV, Lennar is changing its homes program to provide buyers with an option to lease the rooftop PV system rather than purchase it as part of the home sale,\u201d said director Genevieve Shiroma. \u201cGoing from installing 2 kW systems to 4 kW systems in each home reduces the cost of installation from a dollar to a dollar and a half per watt.\u201d The addendum extends the contract by two years, from the end of this year through December 31, 2011. It also increases the total contract value to just over $15.1 million. The board also voted to award a $200,000 contract with Leading Resources for providing facilitation and consulting services to the SMUD board. The contract\u2019s duration is from Jan. 1, 2009 through Dec. 31, 2011. Both contract votes were unanimous, with Director Bill Slayton absent. This week\u2019s meeting was the last for directors Susan Patterson and Peter Keat, who are leaving after 10 years and 20 years on the board, respectively. Patterson is being succeeded by Nancy Bui, an energy and technology consultant who on November 4 won a municipal election to represent Ward 2 on the board. Patterson did not seek re-election. \u201cA year ago I realized that my organs were in conflict,\u201d Patterson said. \u201cThat I have the heart for public service, but I don\u2019t have the stomach for the politics.\u201d Replacing Keat will be former Sacramento City Councilman Rob Kerth, who was elected Nov. 4 as the Ward 5 representative. Kerth ran unopposed to replace Keat, who\u2019s retiring. \u201cIt has really provided me with a lot of purpose, meaning and the belief that I can leave the world a better place,\u201d Keat said of his two decade board tenure. Bui and Kerth were elected to four-year terms.