January 27 – Digital Journal reports – From changing financial incentives for solar+storage, to new promising programs like Community Choice Energy and the growing importance of battery backup power during frequent blackouts, there is a lot for residents to prepare for in the new decade. The San Diego Solar Experience is back for the fourth consecutive year on Saturday, February 8, featuring five, solar+storage seminars, followed by a celebration at AleSmith Brewing Company.
The solar+storage seminars will be held in Chula Vista, Escondido, Poway, Carmel Valley and Carlsbad from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. At the seminars, attendees will hear from nationally certified energy practitioners from Sullivan Solar Power and local nonprofit, Climate Action Campaign. San Diegans will learn how they can go solar with energy storage, protect their home from future power shut-offs, secure the 26 percent federal tax credit in 2020, financing options and how to choose a solar+storage provider.
The day culminates at 3:00 p.m. when the clean energy celebration begins at AleSmith Brewing Company. Attendees will be treated to craft beer, tacos and educational tools, including a “2020 Vision into Solar and Storage” panel moderated by the City of San Diego’s Director/Chief Sustainability Officer, Cody Hooven, and includes speakers representing LG Chem, Climate Action Campaign, Panasonic Solar, Center for Sustainable Energy and Sullivan Solar Power.
“San Diegans can now stay prepared, comfortable and safe during power shut-offs and grid failures,” said David Lopez, Group Sales Manager Solar & Storage with Panasonic Solar. “Residents can tap into their own reservoir when the lights go out and never be kept in the dark, with battery storage systems able to power key appliances and comforts.”
This event aims to empower Californians following a tumultuous 2019 when the energy landscape changed drastically, with multiple Public Service Power Shut-offs that left millions without power. It was also a year where fires wreaked havoc on communities, resulting in electric utilities either declaring bankruptcy or revealing plans to exit the energy procurement industry. Considering this, the ability to produce one’s own clean and renewable energy, incorporating the latest technology for back-up power to operate in “off-grid” mode, has become critical.
Participants will also be able to view the latest electric vehicles on the market and speak with electric vehicle owners about their experience owning and driving the vehicle. Members of the Electric Vehicle Association of San Diego will be present to share their knowledge about zero-emission vehicles. Several other cleantech and sustainability nonprofits will be present, including SanDiego350, Everest Solar, Sierra Club San Diego, CED Greentech, GRID Alternatives San Diego, Energy Loan Network and San Diego Climate Action Network.
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