Berkeley/Albany Solar Homes Tour
Sep
30
12:00pm12:00pm

Berkeley/Albany Solar Homes Tour

Registration is not required, but if you could RSVP on Eventbrite it would really help us get a sense of attendance and plan accordingly!
 

WHEN
Saturday, September 30th, 2017

WHERE
Berkeley and Albany
Meeting place: North Berkeley Public Library, 1170 The Alameda, Berkeley, CA 94707

SCHEDULE
12 pm - 2 pm: Pick up map and addresses of the solar homes at the Commun­ity Meeting Room of the North Berkeley Library
12:30 pm - 1 pm: Solar 101 Talk by NorCal Solar; Community Meeting Room, North Berkeley Library
1 pm - 5 pm: Solar homes are open for visiting. You are responsible for your own transportation. 

DESCRIPTION
Volunteer homeowners in the cities of Berkeley and Albany will offer tours of their solar homes on Saturday, September 30th from 1 – 5 pm. These homes will showcase solar installations, battery storage, energy efficiency features, electric cars, and more. This is a wonderful way to connect with like-minded neighbors and view the solar, renewable, and sustainable installations in your community. See you at the library!
 
If you have any questions please email manager@norcalsolar.org.

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ASES SOLAR 2017 Conference
Oct
9
to Oct 12

ASES SOLAR 2017 Conference

  • University of Colorado Denver Auraria Campus—Tivoli Student Union (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us for the ASES Annual Conference SOLAR 2017! NorCal Solar’s “parent” organization, the American Solar Energy Society (ASES), will hold its annual conference Oct. 9-12 at the University of Colorado/Denver. This year’s theme is “Building a 100% Renewable Energy Community,” and SOLAR 2017 is held in conjunction with the US Dept. of Energy’s bi-annual Solar Decathlon (a collegiate competition for designing and building zero net-energy homes). Lots to see and learn!
 
SOLAR 2017 will feature

  • Plenary panels, technical sessions, and forum discussions
  • Fun fast-paced ~switch presentations
  • An Emerging Professionals mentoring session and reception
  • Other networking events
  • The annual Awards Banquet
  • People like you: engaged, curious, looking to change the world

Conference early bird pricing ends August 15! Learn more at http://www.ases.org/conference/. The Solar Decathlon, held on the weekends of Oct. 5-9 and Oct. 12-15, is free; see https://www.solardecathlon.gov/.

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Annual Member Meeting
Dec
5
5:30pm 5:30pm

Annual Member Meeting

  • San Francisco Department of the Environment (SF Environment) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

REGISTER HERE

You Can Look Forward To...

  • Meeting Board Members
  • Hearing NorCal report on progress made in 2017
  • Hearing a wonderful speaker while enjoying free refreshment
  • And giving us your ideas to help steer NorCal Solar into 2018!


Date

Tuesday, December 5, 2016

Timeline

5:30pm for refreshments

6:15 - 7pm for business meeting

7:15 - 8:30pm for keynote speaker and discussion

Location

SF Environment, 1455 Market Street, Suite 1200, San Francisco, CA 94103

(NorCal Solar would like to thank SF Environment for being an outstanding environmental organization and for hosting this event)

Special Keynote Speaker

To be announced...

Fee

Free to NorCal Solar members and SF Environment Employees

$15 for non-members

REGISTER HERE

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Solar Winery and Microgrid Tour (in partnership with Intersolar North America)
Jul
14
8:45am 8:45am

Solar Winery and Microgrid Tour (in partnership with Intersolar North America)

SOLD OUT

This all-day tour—happening the Friday after Intersolar closes—will offer a unique opportunity to see truly cutting-edge solar, hydrogen, microturbine, microgrid, battery, and electronic controls technology AND sample some Napa area wines! First we will stop at Far Niente Winery to tour their beautiful floating solar array and taste delicious wine. In 2008, Far Niente went solar in a revolutionary way with a Floatovoltaic™ system, becoming the first in the world to float a significant, grid-connected solar installation. Then we will continue to Stone Edge Farm for lunch, wine-tasting, and a tour of their jaw-dropping microgrid project. Stone Edge and its team of engineers from around the world are researching how to be self-sufficient in energy supply for all their needs, including making wine. To get a glimpse of the incredibly important work Stone Edge Farm is doing, check out their “Prezi” presentation: https://prezi.com/rvuw6efggdfd/sef-microgrid-project-qr/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy. Join us for a unique, educational, and relaxing way to end the conference week. This is a tour you won't want to miss!

Meeting Point: Lobby InterContinental Hotel at 8:45am
Bus will return to the hotel around 5:15pm

SOLD OUT

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Summer Jobs Fair 2017
Jul
12
1:00pm 1:00pm

Summer Jobs Fair 2017

During the popular Intersolar conference in downtown San Francisco, GRID Alternatives is teaming up with the PG&E Pacific Energy Center to provide a dedicated space for job-seekers and various solar companies to connect!

Vendors can arrive to set up tables at 10 AM.

Job Seekers can visit from 1 PM to 5 PM. 

Click on flyer image to open Eventbrite link

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Tesla Factory Tours (in partnership with Intersolar North America)
Jul
11
to Jul 13

Tesla Factory Tours (in partnership with Intersolar North America)

  • Intercontinental Hotel Lobby (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

SOLD OUT

NorCal Solar is coordinating nine tours of the Tesla factory in Fremont -- all are the same; please sign up for just one. Your registration fee covers transportation to/from the Tesla factory, snacks, and beverages (the tour itself is free). Come experience firsthand the manufacturing of this world-famous company's unique electric cars. Tesla will use an electric tram to transport you around the facilities, as they show you the individual manufacturing steps as well as the overall assembly process. Hundreds of employees work side-by-side with robots to create a distinctive working atmosphere. Seating is limited - sign up soon!

Pick-up and Drop-off Location: Lobby of the Intercontinental Hotel (888 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94103)

Dates and Schedule:

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

  • Tour 1: Bus boards at 9:15am – Departs 9:30am – Returns 1:45pm
  • Tour 2: Bus boards at 11:15am – Departs 11:30am  – Returns 3:45pm
  • Tour 3: Bus boards at 1:15pm – Departs 1:30pm – Returns 6:15pm

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

  • Tour 4: Bus boards at 9:15am – Departs 9:30am – Returns 1:45pm
  • Tour 5: Bus boards at 11:15am – Departs 11:30am  – Returns 3:45pm
  • Tour 6: Bus boards at 1:15pm – Departs 1:30pm – Returns 6:15pm

Thursday, July 13, 2017

  • Tour 7: Bus boards at 9:15am – Departs 9:30am – Returns 1:45pm
  • Tour 8: Bus boards at 11:15am – Departs 11:30am  – Returns 3:45pm
  • Tour 9: Bus boards at 1:15pm – Departs 1:30pm – Returns 6:15pm

The price is $100. NorCal Solar Members get special 20% off discount codes. Contact manager@norcalsolar.org if you need the codes re-sent to you. 

SOLD OUT

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Alcatraz Microgrid Tour (in partnership with Intersolar North America)
Jul
10
11:45am11:45am

Alcatraz Microgrid Tour (in partnership with Intersolar North America)

REGISTER HERE

Visit one of the largest solar microgrids in the United States and learn about how the photovoltaics, diesel generators, and battery storage work together to provide power for this infamous Federal Penitentiary turned National Park. Participants will go behind the scenes to see the various system components and talk to National Park Service staff about the origins of the project and how it has been performing. We will provide snacks on the bus ride to the Alcatraz ferry terminal, and you may purchase additional lunch items in the café on the ferry boat.

Meeting Point: Lobby InterContinental Hotel at 11:30pm
Bus returns to the hotel by approximately 4:45pm

The price is $100. NorCal Solar Members get special 20% off discount codes. Contact manager@norcalsolar.org if you need the codes re-sent to you. 

REGISTER HERE

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SF Bay Sailing Tour (in partnership with Intersolar North America)
Jul
9
1:00pm 1:00pm

SF Bay Sailing Tour (in partnership with Intersolar North America)

REGISTER HERE

Sail with your solar peers and experience the beauty of San Francisco from the water! We will see some of the Bay's most popular attractions up close and personal as we sail past Alcatraz Island, under the Golden Gate Bridge, and along the city's famed skyline. Catch a glimpse of marine wildlife including pelicans, sea lions, and dolphins. Last year we saw pods of breaching Humpback whales! Maybe this year we will get lucky again. Food and drinks are included in the price. The catamaran is spacious, incredibly stable, and has a large covered cabin. Whether you're looking for solar networking or sightseeing, your sail on the catamaran is sure to be a memorable highlight!education efforts in Northern California.

Meeting Point: Sunday, July 9, Pier 39, at 12:30pm

The price is $125. NorCal Solar Members get special 20% off discount codes. Contact manager@norcalsolar.org if you need the codes re-sent to you. 

REGISTER HERE

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Clarifying the New PV Value Proposition: The ABCs of NEM 2, NBCs, and CCAs
Jun
20
5:30pm 5:30pm

Clarifying the New PV Value Proposition: The ABCs of NEM 2, NBCs, and CCAs

Thank you for a fantastic event!

Here are the presenters' slides: Jeanine Cotter Slides, Pete Shoemaker Slides

To accompany Pete Shoemaker's slides, here are a couple of sample bills, one for a customer who is a net importer from the grid (used more than they generated), and one for a net exporter (generated more than they used).

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DESCRIPTION

The PV industry is still thriving and the future looks good even with the obvious political challenges. But that doesn't mean things are simple, and there are a lot of new details in the PV equation, including shifting peak periods, non-bypassable charges (NBCs), and Community Choice Aggregators (CCAs), each with their own PV program. It's hard enough for those in the industry to make sense of all this, so imagine what it's like for the public. As Desi often said to Lucy, we got some 'splainin' to do, as confused customers are not good for anyone.

We are convening a working group of industry stakeholders-vendors, CCAs, utilities, consultants-with the goal of organizing and simplifying the many details in the PV conversation and helping all of us communicate more clearly to customers. We will present our results at this event. We invite you to come and help us get a handle on it all, because as you know, we're going to be adding BATTERIES to this whole process! At least it's not boring, right?

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SPEAKERS/DISCUSSION MODERATORS

Jeanine CotterPresident and CEO, Luminalt
Jeanine co-founded Luminalt to bring clean, reliable, local power to cities and create quality jobs for residents. One of few women CEOs in solar, and one of fewer still who holds the company’s contractors license, she is widely considered an industry expert. 

Pete ShoemakerRenewables Program Coordinator, PG&E
Pete Shoemaker is the Renewables Program Coordinator at the PG&E Pacific Energy Center (PEC) in San Francisco. He teaches and facilitates courses on a variety of subjects, including solar electric (PV) systems, solar water heating systems, integrating and evaluating energy efficiency and renewables, smart grid, energy storage and others.  He also hosts job fairs at the PEC in the PV and smart grid fields.

 

PRICING

NorCal Solar Members recieve free admission to all our speaker events as long as they register. If you'd like to join or renew your membership, you can do that here. The price is very reasonable—$35/year for a standard individual membership. Non-members pay $30 for this event, unless they qualify for a low-income/student/retiree discount.

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March Speaker Series Event — "The PV Industry Matures:  What About Maintenance and Recycling?"
Mar
21
5:30pm 5:30pm

March Speaker Series Event — "The PV Industry Matures: What About Maintenance and Recycling?"

Post-event update: The event went great! Thanks for your wonderful company and lively discussion. To download Marissa Yao's slides click HERE. To download Dustin Mulvaney's slides click HERE.

 

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DESCRIPTION

The PV industry is no longer new or “alternative,” but is established and growing rapidly. So now it’s time to focus on the issues of a mature industry, including maintenance and recycling (end of product life). What do you do when your modules or inverters fail? Can you find products that match your older technology? What happens when the millions of modules being installed reach their end of life? What about toxic metals in manufacturing? Come hear expert speakers and be part of the dialog on these and other important issues.

Food and drink (including beer) will be provided.

SPEAKERS

Dustin Mulvaney

Dustin Mulvaney is a Visiting Scholar with the Bill Lane Center for the American West during his sabbatical from San Jose State University (SJSU).  His research studies include work on environmental justice, solar energy commodity chains, and public lands and energy development in the American West. His forthcoming book Solar Power: Innovation, Sustainability, Environmental Justice will be published by the University California Press in 2017. Dustin is a founder and principal of EcoShift, a climate, energy, and sustainability-consulting firm, where he leads projects on electricity utility rate design and impacts on greenhouse gases, net metering policy and impacts on solar adoption, and life cycle assessments of climate and water impacts of energy resources and technologies. Dustin’s work on photovoltaic recycling includes participation in the development of the e-stewards standard for photovoltaics with the Basel Action Network and as a member of the Joint Committee for a sustainability leadership standard for photovoltaics at the National Standards Foundation International. 

Marissa A. Yao

Marissa joined SunPower in 2012 and as Director of Sustainability, is responsible for environmental sustainability programs throughout the corporation including all manufacturing sites, product lines and supply chain. During her time at SunPower, SunPower has received the solar industry’s first Cradle to Cradle Silver Certification and Landfill-Free verifications for its assembly sites. Marissa also chairs the Solar Energy Industry Association’s Corporate Social Responsibility Committee and led the effort to develop the solar industry’s national PV recycling network. Through this work, SunPower has been recognized with the Guardian’s Sustainable Business Award,  #1 ranking on SVTC’s Solar Scorecard for sustainability and Environmental Leader’s Product of the Year Award. 

Prior to joining SunPower, Marissa spent 9 years at Intel Corporation.  Marissa holds a BA in Environmental Science from UC Berkeley, an MPH in Epidemiology and MEM in Industrial Environmental Management from Yale University. 

Sam Vanderhoof and Kristina Whitney

Sam Vanderhoof founded Solar CowboyZ, a consulting firm offering photovoltaic (PV) and renewable energy consulting services for commercial and residential projects in domestic and international solar markets. Kristina Whitney is the COO of Solar CowboyZ and teaches college level classes on renewables and offgrid living. 

 

 

NorCal Solar Members recieve free admission to all our speaker events as long as they register. If you'd like to join or renew your membership, you can do that here. The price is very reasonable—$35/year for a standard individual membership.

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Free Solar Training Provided by the PG&E Pacific Energy Center
Mar
15
to May 24

Free Solar Training Provided by the PG&E Pacific Energy Center

  • PG&E Pacific Energy Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

(Organized by NorCal Solar Board Member, Pete Shoemaker)

Solar Series, Spring 2017

A series of beginning, intermediate, and advanced classes in both photovoltaics (PV) and solar water heating (SWH).

All classes are at the
PG&E Pacific Energy Center, 851 Howard St., SF 94103

To see the class schedule and register, please download the flyer by clicking HERE

For addition information or questions contact: 

Pete Shoemaker   --   pjsy@pge.com   --   415-973-8850

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Annual Members Meeting
Dec
6
5:30am 5:30am

Annual Members Meeting

  • San Francisco Department of the Environment (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

What: NorCal Solar’s Annual Member Meeting

Date: Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Time: 5:30 pm for refreshments, 6:15 - 7:00pm pm for business meeting, 7:15 - 8:30pm for keynote speaker and discussion

Place: SF Environment, 1455 Market Street, Suite 1200, San Francisco, CA 94103 (NorCal Solar would like to thank SF Environment for being an outstanding environmental organization and for hosting this event)

REGISTER HERE

Special Keynote Speaker: Barry Cinnamon will speak about "Solar in NorCal with President Trump." Barry is CEO of Spice Solar and Cinnamon Solar, past president of CalSEIA, a long-time advocate of renewable energy and a widely recognized solar power expert. He is the host of the weekly Solar Energy Show on KDOW Radio and the Renewable Energy World Network.

You Can Look Forward To...

  • Meeting the board members
  • Seeing old friends and making new friends
  • Hearing NorCal report on progress made in 2016
  • Talking solar
  • Enjoying free refreshments
  • Hearing a wonderful speaker
  • And giving us your ideas to help steer NorCal Solar into 2017!

Fee: Free to NorCal Solar members and SF Environment Employees, $10 for non-members

 

 

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SPEAKER EVENT — PV and Real Estate: How Solar Affects Home Appraisals, Sales, and Financing
Nov
15
5:30pm 5:30pm

SPEAKER EVENT — PV and Real Estate: How Solar Affects Home Appraisals, Sales, and Financing

DOWNLOAD SLIDES FROM THE EVENT HERE:

PETE SHOEMAKER'S SLIDES

BRUCE MAST from BUILD IT GREEN's SLIDES

JONATHAN KEVLES from REVIEW FINANCIAL's SLIDES

Time:

November 15, 2016
Refreshments and Networking: 5:30 - 6:30pm
Speakers: 6:30 - 8:30pm

Location:

Sotheby's International Realty
117 Greenwich Street
San Francisco, CA 94111

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Description:

The rapid growth of residential PV systems is increasingly affecting real estate values and transactions, particularly in California. Come hear from experts in the field about the impact that PV is having on home appraisals and sales, how different financing packages affect buyers and sellers, and what’s being done to capture the value that solar and energy efficiency bring to a home.

Speakers:

Jonathan Kevles of Renew Financial will speak on “The Effect on Home Buyers and Sellers of PV Financing Products, Including PACE Funding.”

Jonathan Kevles Biography:

Jonathan Kevles is the Vice President for Government Affairs and Market Development at Renew Financial.  Renew Financial’s Founder and CEO Cisco DeVries invented the PACE concept and created the first PACE program. The firm now runs the CaliforniaFIRST Commercial and Residential PACE programs.  Jonathan has previously worked with the Sierra Club and the Rocky Mountain Instutute, among others, and was Deputy Mayor for Economic Development in Los Angeles.

Bruce Mast from Build It Green will speak on "Bridging the Worlds of Rooftop Solar and Real Estate" — focusing on the PV information that the real estate industry finds useful and how best to get it to them.

Bruce Mast Biography:

Bruce Mast has more than 24 years of experience in the green building and energy efficiency industries, and he has been with Build It Green (BIG) since its inception in 2005. As Deputy Executive Director, Bruce leads business development activities and plays a key role in setting BIG’s strategic direction and translating ideas into practical program designs.  Bruce’s many accomplishments at BIG include his current pioneering work to “green” the real estate MLS and accelerate homebuyer demand for healthy and efficient homes.  Bruce also helped design and launch the GreenPoint Rated certification system, as well as PG&E’s Home Upgrade rebate program. 

 

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Free Solar Training at the Pacific Energy Center — Photovoltaic (PV) Series
Sep
21
to Nov 16

Free Solar Training at the Pacific Energy Center — Photovoltaic (PV) Series

  • PG&E Pacific Energy Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

These classes are being put on by PG&E's Pacific Energy Center. NorCal Solar is helping publicize the classes because we believe that free solar training is good for the solar community. 

Four separate full-day classes offered both live and on the internet: 

  • Basics of Grid-Tied PV Systems
  • PV Site Analysis and Design
  • Inspecting PV Systems for Code Compliance
  • PV Commercial Systems

This series of beginning, intermediate and advanced classes covers the essential concepts of PV including technology, site analysis, design, rates, finances and inspections, for both residential and commercial systems. They are ideal for people new to the industry as well as those working in the industry who want to increase their overall knowledge.

The classes are held in the PG&E Pacific Energy Center on 851 Howard St., San Francisco 94103.

 

CLASS INFORMATION

The internet versions are simulcast live, but not archived. Classes are free but registration is required at the links below.

Basics of PV (Wednesday, September 21, 2016 9:00 am. to 4:30 pm): Beginning class, no previous knowledge required. This class has already occurred. 

PV Site Analysis (Wednesday, October 12, 2016 9:00 am. to 4:30 pm): Intermediate class, previous knowledge recommended, such as PV Basics class above. This is a hands-on class working with tools and is not simulcast. Classroom version click here. No Internet version. Instructor: Pete Shoemaker: Renewables Program Coordinator, PG&E Pacific Energy Center.

Inspecting PV Systems for Code Compliance (Thursday, October 20, 2016 9:00 am. to 4:30 pm): Intermediate/advanced class ideal for building inspectors and PV vendors. Taught by the top expert in the nation, Bill Brooks. . Classroom version click here. Internet version click here. Instructor: Bill Brooks, Brooks Engineering 

PV Commercial Systems (Wednesday, November 16, 2016 9:00 am. to 4:30 pm): Intermediate/advanced class on design, code, and commissioning issues for larger-scale commercial systems. Classroom version click here. No Internet version. Instructor: Bill Brooks, Brooks Engineering and Ryan Stroup, Building Performance Specialist, Pacific Energy Center

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Solar Winery and Microgrid Tour - New Technologies in Action!
Jul
15
9:00am 9:00am

Solar Winery and Microgrid Tour - New Technologies in Action!

**THIS TOUR IS SOLD OUT**

This all-day tour after Intersolar closes will offer a unique opportunity to see truly cutting-edge solar, hydrogen, microturbine, microgrid, battery, and electronic controls technology AND sample some Napa area wines! The privately-funded Stone Edge Farm Microgrid Project has generously offered us a tour of its facilities; this project is not normally open to the public. On two different sites, Stone Edge and its team of engineers from around the world are researching how to be self-sufficient in energy supply for all their needs, including making wine. After that, we will head to Silver Cloud Winery for box lunches (at a small additional cost), wine tasting, and a solar tour. Then, on the way back to San Francisco, will will stop for one more wine tasting and solar tour at Cline Family Cellars. 

Tour time: Friday, July 15, 9:00am - 5:00pm

Meeting point: Lobby of the InterContinental Hotel in San Francisco, 8:45am

Cost: Early bird $120, Regular $135, Onsite $150

Norcal Solar members receive a 20% discount.

This tour is organized as a special activity of the Intersolar North America Conference. 

Go to https://www.messe-ticket.de/INTERSOLAR/ISNA2016/Shop/ChooseArticles to register. You don't have to register for the conference to register for the tours.

 

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Tour of NEXTracker's Center for Solar Excellence -- Tracking Systems, PV Modules, and a Botanical Garden
Jul
14
9:00am 9:00am

Tour of NEXTracker's Center for Solar Excellence -- Tracking Systems, PV Modules, and a Botanical Garden

Click HERE to register. 

Learn more about the history of solar tracking systems from the people who created the first single-axis trackers over twenty years ago — NEXTracker. Designed for a variety of audiences, including solar professionals, laypersons, and students, the NEXTracker Center for Solar Excellence is a demonstration site adjacent to the company's headquarters in Fremont, California. The center demonstrates solar tracking systems, a variety of Tier 1 PV modules, and dual-purpose land use by co-locating a botanical garden on the site. Join us for a walk back in time to see tracker history and a view of the future to discover the latest in advanced technology. 

Learn more about NEXTracker at www.nextracker.com.

Tour time: July 14, 2016, 9am - 12:30pm

Meeting place: Intercontinental Hotel, 888 Howard Street, 

This tour is organized as a special activity of the Intersolar North America Conference. Click HERE to register. You don't have to register for the conference to register for the tours. NorCal Solar members receive a 20% discount code. If you haven't already received your members only discount codes email info@norcalsolar.org.

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Tesla Factory Tours
Jul
12
to Jul 13

Tesla Factory Tours

**THESE TOURS ARE SOLD OUT**

NorCal Solar is offering six tours of the Tesla factory in Fremont (they are all the same; sign up for just one). Come experience firsthand the manufacturing of this world-famous company's unique electric cars. Tesla will use an electric tram to transport you around the facilities, as they show you the individual manufacturing steps as well as the overall assembly process. Hundreds of employees work side-by-side with robots to create a distinctive working atmosphere. 

Seating is limited - sign up soon!

All tours will meet in the Lobby of the InterContinental Hotel in San Francisco. There will be three tours each day. Tour times will be

July 12th and 13th:

9:15am - 1:45pm

11:15am - 3:45pm

1:15pm - 6:15 pm

These tours are organized as a special activity of the Intersolar North America Conference. Click HERE to register. You don't have to register for the conference to register for the tours. NorCal Solar members receive 10% discount codes. 

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Tour of SF Solar Sites
Jul
11
1:30pm 1:30pm

Tour of SF Solar Sites

Click HERE to register.

On this tour, we will visit a variety of solar systems within San Francisco. First, the City of San Francisco will show off its 182-kW PV system on top of the famous Davies Symphony Hall. Next, The Notre Dame Apartments, owned by The Chinatown Community Development Center, host a 40-collector solar thermal (hot water) system. Last, we will visit the California Academy of Sciences, a prominent science museum, to view a BIPV (Building-Integrated PV) system that forms the glass awning around the roof perimeter of the Academy. 

Tour time: Monday, July 11th, 1:30pm - 5:30pm

Meeting place: InterContinental Hotel, 888 Howard Street, SF

This tour is organized as a special activity of the Intersolar North America Conference. Click HERE to register. You don't have to register for the conference to register for the tours. NorCal Solar members receive 20% discount codes. If you haven't already received your members only discount codes email info@norcalsolar.org.

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Intersolar North America
Jul
11
to Jul 14

Intersolar North America

Exhibition: July, 12-14, 2016
Conference: July 11-13, 2016

+ NorCal Solar Winery and Microgrid Tour July 15th (see below)

Exhibition:    550 exhibitors | 18,000 visitors
Conference:    85 sessions, workshops, tours and networking events
Areas of Focus:    Photovoltaics | Energy Storage | Solar Heating & Cooling | Smart Renewable Energy

Intersolar North America takes place each July in the heart of North America’s largest solar market: California. Since its establishment in 2008, Intersolar North America has become the most-attended solar event (about 18,000 professionals) and the premier networking platform for the North American solar industry. The exhibition focuses on the areas of photovoltaics, energy storage, smart renewable energy and solar heating & cooling technologies, and is co-located with ees North America and SEMICON West. Intersolar North America has become the international industry's meeting point for manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, installers and integrators, service providers and partners of the solar industry. 

www.intersolar.us

 

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ees North America
Jul
11
to Jul 14

ees North America

Exhibition: July, 12-14, 2016
Conference: July 11-13, 2016

Exhibition:    100 exhibitors | 18,000 visitors

Areas of Focus:    Rechargeable Batteries |Energy Storage Systems |Charging Technologies |
Battery Production Equipment and Materials

Covering the entire value chain of innovative battery and energy storage technologies, ees North America is the ideal platform for all stakeholders in the rapidly growing energy storage market. It takes place in the epicenter of the U.S. storage market: California - set to be the largest energy storage market in the world! Co-located with Intersolar North America, North America's most-attended solar event, ees North America provides the best opportunity to explore energy storage systems in combination with PV and beyond. In 2015, 74 energy storage exhibitors and 17,835 visitors participated in the co-located events. ees North America is part of the ees global exhibition series. Together with ees Europe in Munich, and ees India in Mumbai, ees events are represented on three continents.

www.ees-northamerica.com

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Solar 2016
Jul
10
to Jul 13

Solar 2016

NorCal Solar's parent organization, American Solar Energy Society (ASES), is holding its annual conference in conjunction with Intersolar in San Francisco! It's SOLAR 2016: Progress toward 100% Renewables. It's more than just PV: it's solar buildings, policy, economics, transportation, resource assessment, thermal, and lots more, with networking opportunities, an awards gala, and a rollicking Emerging Professionals party. Opening reception is Sunday night, July 10, and the conference closes with a plenary session and Annual ASES Membership meeting on Wednesday, July 13, mid-day. SOLAR 2016 technical sessions, forums, posters and plenaries will take place on the 5th floor of the Intercontinental Hotel at 888 Howard Street.

Registration for the ASES conference includes entry into the Intersolar sessions, ees (Energy Storage) sessions, and all Intersolar and SEMICON exhibit halls.  Pricing details: early bird pricing ends June 3rd; 25% discount for ASES Professional, Business, or Life Members; 70% discount for ASES Student Members.

Visit solar2016.org for details. 

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San Francisco Bay Sailing Tour
Jul
10
1:00pm 1:00pm

San Francisco Bay Sailing Tour

Click HERE to register. 

Sail with 50 solar peers and experience the beauty of San Francisco from the water. See some of the Bay's most popular attractions up close and personal as we sail around Alcatraz Island, directly underneath the Golden Gate Bridge, and head back admiring the city's famed skyline - it's quite a sight! Catch a glimpse of marine wildlife including pelicans, sea lions, dolphins, and even the occasional whale. Whether you're looking for solar networking or sightseeing, your sail on the catamaran is sure to be a memorable highlight. We will choose the path the boat takes depending on weather, the sun, and on our NorCal Solar sailing experts Justis Fennell and Sean White! Food and drinks are included in the price. The spacious catamaran takes you on a stable, safe ride combining the exhilaration of fresh air and waves on the deck with the protection and outstanding views from the covered cabin. Bring your camera, the views are extraordinary! 

All proceeds generated from this tour help support NorCal Solar's local, nonprofit, consumer education efforts in Northern California.

Tour time: Sunday, July 10th, 1pm - 4pm

Meeting point: Pier 39

This tour is organized as a special activity of the Intersolar North America Conference. Click HERE to register. You don't have to register for the conference to register for the tours. NorCal Solar members receive 20% discount codes. If you haven't already received your members only discount codes email info@norcalsolar.org.

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June Speaker Series: Community Choice Aggregation
Jun
21
5:30pm 5:30pm

June Speaker Series: Community Choice Aggregation

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The next NorCal Solar Speaker Event will be Community Choice Aggregation (CCA), held on the Summer Solstice at the beautiful Sungevity location in Jack London Square.

CCA is the process by which cities or counties can form entities to buy electricity in bulk for their residents, giving them an alternative to the local utility.  These CCAs have goals of increasing renewable energy and funding solar and other such projects in their areas.  Come hear speakers from active CCAs in the Bay Area to learn more about their process, prices, solar programs, and how they interface with customers and the local utility. 

Networking + complementary food and drinks: 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Speakers: 6:30pm - 8:30pm

SPEAKERS

Michael Hyams, Director of CleanPowerSF

CleanPowerSF is the City and County of San Francisco’s Community Choice Aggregation Program, which is being implemented by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.  As program Director, Michael is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the implementation and operation of the CleanPowerSF program, which commenced service to customers on May 1, 2016.  Michael has worked in various capacities for the SFPUC, most recently as Manager of Regulatory and Legislative Affairs for the SFPUC’s Power Enterprise.  

Alex DiGiorgio, Development Manager for Marin Clean Energy

Alex collaborates with stakeholders throughout MCE's service area to advance sustainable development programs and expand access to competitvely-priced renewable energy.

Woody Hastings, Renewable Energy Implementation Manager for the Center for Climate Protection

Woody is an energy and environmental policy analyst, strategic planner, and community organizer that specializes in Community Choice Aggregation. His involvement with CCA began in 2006, working to support a program in San Francisco. He joined the staff of the Center for Climate Protection in 2010 to help establish Sonoma Clean Power, the second CCA program in California. Woody is a 2012 Fellow of the Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy and has a degree in Environmental Sustainability and Social Justice from San Francisco State University.

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SunDraft Energy Advisor Connect
May
7
9:00am 9:00am

SunDraft Energy Advisor Connect

SunDraft Energy is looking for dynamic individuals to help and support in building Smart Sustainable Cities. Our belief is sustainable growth of the planet, conserving our natural resources, building better economies and communities globally. Our focus is to provide services for building Smart Buildings and Transportation solutions including for low income families and small business. If you share our vision to enable renewable energy integrated smart buildings and transportation which is sustainable and hi-tech you need to support us by joining us in developing the innovative designing, products and services we are working on. We are looking for experts from diverse background including electrical, software, mechanical, business and urban development. 

Location: HanaHaus 456 University Avenue, Palo Alto CA

Contact info@sundraftenergy.com

Visit www.sundraftenergy.com

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Mar
23
6:30pm 6:30pm

Net Energy Metering 2.0: The Latest Scoop

The event went exceedingly well! To view a video of the event, click HERE. To view Pete Shoemaker's slides click HERE. To view Brad Heavner's slides click HERE.

Major decisions have just been made in the solar net metering laws in California and these will have a significant effect on the state’s PV industry.  Come get the latest information on the new rules and rates, along with an analysis of what effect they will have on paybacks and ROI. 

For tickets:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/net-energy-metering-20-the-latest-scoop-tickets-22552798026

SPEAKERS:

Pete Shoemaker, Renewables Program Coordinator, PG&E Pacific Energy Center (PEC)

Pete teaches and facilitates courses on a variety of subjects, including solar electric (PV) systems, solar water heating systems, integrating and evaluating energy efficiency and renewables, smart grid, energy storage and others.

Brad Heavner, Policy Director, California Solar Energy Industries Association (CALSEIA) 

Brad has over sixteen years of clean energy advocacy experience with statewide and national organizations. He was the architect of the nation’s strictest state policy on existing coal-fired power plants, the Healthy Air Act, and he led the campaign for Maryland’s law modeled on California’s AB 32. Before joining CALSEIA’s staff in 2013 he was working to support the development of Sonoma Clean Power and other Community Choice Aggregation initiatives in California.

Melissa Brewster,  Manager of Community Engagement, Luminalt

Melissa manages Luminalt’s Project Administration and Community Engagement efforts. She came to the company from Asian Neighborhood Design, a local jobs training non-profit.

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Dec
7
6:30pm 6:30pm

2015 NorCal Solar Annual Membership Meeting

Please join us at our annual membership meeting as we look back on the year's activities in 2015 and announce the results of the current election for the Norcal Solar Board of Directors. It's also a great opportunity to meet the new and existing Board Members, as well as a chance to network with other NorCal Solar members.

We are very excited to announce Jim Augustyn as our keynote speaker at this year’s annual meeting! As the author of The Solar Cat Book and The Return of the Solar Cat Book, Jim has helped people understand solar through hisobservations of cats using solar energy along with his delightfully funny comments. He is also a consultant and researcher in the solar field. The focus of his work is solar radiation measurement, but he has also designed and built solar thermal and electric systems, assisted in the energy design of buildings, and development of large scale solar power installations over a career stretching back to the days of the first U.S. energy crisis. Augustyn & Company's clients include national laboratories, foreign governments, utilities, research laboratories, domestic electric utilities, solar power plant developers, state and municipal governments, as well as the occasional regular person. Of course his most prestigious work is as Humanity's Primary Emmisary to the International Solar Cat Society.Jim lives in Berkeley California with his wife, Elizabeth, and three cats.

Other event highlights include:

  • Event hosted by NorCal Solar sponsor Quick Mount PV at its headquarters in Walnut Creek
  • Introduction of newly elected Board of Directors Members
  • Presentation of 2015 activities
  • Open discussion of important solar related topics and activities in 2016
  • Networking and refreshments
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Nov
17
5:30pm 5:30pm

“Net-Zero Energy” Homes and “Passive” House

What is a “Net-Zero Energy” home or “Passive House”? What kinds of technologies are used in these homes? How is policy driving the adoption of Net-Zero Energy buildings? Who are the primary players in the Net-Zero Energy building industry and how are these players influencing the market? Come hear from our panel of experts to learn the answers to these questions and more!

Space is limited, register today!

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Sep
24
5:30pm 5:30pm

Rays of Solar Finance 2015

5:30 - 6:30 pm: Networking & Refreshments

How to Choose From all the Choices

Everyone seems to agree that more financial options for solar is a good thing, but it does increase the complexity of choosing the right one? Our next speaker series focuses on new financial models and how customers can sort through the options to find the best fit.

Speakers:

Eric Larson Vice President, NorCal Solar Board of Directors

Eric joined the board of NorCal solar to get involved in making a positive change in our environment and community. Advocating alternative energy is a way to leave the world in better condition than he found it. He has taken solar energy classes through PG&E, and has done a solar roof install with GRID Alternatives. Eric and his family decided this was the year to invest in rooftop solar to power his house and an electric car. He will describe a homeowner’s perspective on the odyssey this turned out to be!

 

John Powers CEO, Extensible Energy

An energy economist with more than 30 years of experience in consulting and technology development for the electric utility industry, John has worked in energy efficiency, demand response, and renewables since the Reagan administration. John currently serves as Project Officer for the Community Solar Value Project, a DOE SunShot project helping utilities to develop better Community Solar programs.  That project includes developing a framework for analyzing financing, siting, storage options, demand-response options, and other program design decisions. John will discuss community solar.

Andreas Karelas Executive Director, Re-Volv

Andreas is a dedicated renewable energy advocate with over ten years of environmental and renewable energy nonprofit experience. Prior to founding RE-volv in 2011, Andreas worked with a number of leading organizations including the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), the National Audubon Society, blueEnergy, and the Center for Resource Solutions. Andreas holds Master’s degrees in International Affairs and in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development, and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. He is a 2013 Audubon Toyota TogetherGreen Conservation Leadership Fellow. He also serves on the Steering Committee of the Local Clean Energy Alliance. Andreas will talk about his company’s innovative solar financing for nonprofits.

Rosana Francescato Communications Director, Domino

Rosana is the Communications Director for Domino, a concierge service that helps consumers save energy and money. She writes about the solar industry for PV Solar Report, Mosaic, and other publications, and she serves on the boards of Women in Cleantech & Sustainability and Everybody Solar. Rosana will talk about her methods of analyzing a customer’s needs and proposing the right system and financial package.

 

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Jul
15
1:00pm 1:00pm

Solar Jobs Fair

Register in advance to be entered into the raffle:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/grid-alternatives-solar-jobs-fair-hosted-by-pge-tickets-17371513665

Meet face-to-face with employers who are hiring!

All day: mock interviews and resume review

1:15-1:30: How to take advantage of job fair

2:30-3:00: How to move your way up the 

 solar career ladder

3:30-4:00: Diversity in the solar workplace

THE FOLLOWING COMPANIES WERE PRESENT AT LAST YEAR’S EVENT. WE ARE EXPECTING A SIMULAR TURNOUT THIS YEAR.

A-C Solar

BrightCurrent

Enphase

GCL Solar Energy

Green Grid

Heliopower 

Luminalt 

Solar Edge 

Solar Universe 

Solar City 

Soligent

Sun Edison 

Sun Light & Power

Sungevity

Sunpower

Verengo

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