San Francisco Bay Area Community Solar Confluence

Date05/23/2012 (Wednesday)
TimeArrive by 7:00 pm, doors open at 6:30
Location851 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA
AboutThe San Francisco Bay Area Community Solar Confluence will bring together community-based organizations, neighborhood residents, advocates for renewable energy, local officials, and funders of programs for low-income communities and renewable energy projects to learn about community solar models nationwide and opportunities to bring community solar to California. Participants will outline obstacles and brainstorm the key ingredients to bringing community solar to California—the policy and financing solutions, organizing efforts, and other initiatives. This is part of a series of “confluences” happening in Boston, New York, Omaha, and Denver. The event is FREE but donations are welcome.

Speakers include:

· Joy Hughes, Founder of Solar Gardens Institute

· Erica Mackie, Co-Founder of GRID Alternatives

· Ted Ko, Associate Executive Director of CLEAN Coalition

· Eric Brooks, Campaign Coordinator at Our City (SF)

· And other speakers on community power models and policy.

Discussion and brainstorming will follow

What is community solar?

Community solar refers to programs that bring solar power to communities through collective efforts and pooling of resources, generally either through the installation of solar PV systems with community members owning or subscribing to proportional shares in the system or a process where neighbors join together to collectively install PV systems on their own homes.

Community Solar Can Benefit ALL Californians:

Community solar provides opportunities for California residential and commercial renters and building owners to go solar, and is especially beneficial to low-income communities that are unable to afford the high upfront costs of solar.

To learn more about community solar and solar gardens, please visit: http://www.solargardens.org/frequently-asked-questions/
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