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In this Issue...
  1. EVENTS: New Webinar Series, Speaker Event, Port Tour & Lunch, etc. 
  2. ASES National Solar Energy Conference
  3. Recycle PV Discount for NorCal Solar Members
  4. Announcing New Board Members
  5. Remembering Darren Malvin
  6. Big Thanks To Our New & Renewed Business Members & Supporters!

Upcoming Events

June 19th: Introducing NorCal Solar’s New Webinar Series for Consumers!

How do you evaluate quotes for a solar system? What’s the best electric vehicle for me to buy? Should I buy batteries for my solar energy system? How do I get a job in the solar industry?

These are a few of the hot topics we’ll be discussing in our new webinar series. 

Our first topic is: “How to Evaluate Multiple Solar Quotes,” presented by Barry Cinnamon

When: Wednesday June 19, 2019 at 7:30 pm

Where: Online via webinar. Instructions will be sent after registration

Cost: $10 per webinar for non-members

FREE for NorCal Solar members.  Click here for info about membership levels.

Register for our first webinar here.

Buying a solar energy system for your home can be confusing. What should you look for in an honest and reliable solar contractor? How can you compare Apples-Apples solar quotes from multiple solar installers?

In this informative webinar, Barry Cinnamon, CEO of Cinnamon Energy Systems and host of The Energy Show podcast will teach consumer attendees how to properly evaluate and compare solar quotes from multiple solar installers. Barry will review typical pricing, how to evaluate an installer’s quality, solar panel equipment & everything you need to select the best installer for your home solar system.

Our July webinar will focus on "How to Find Your Career in the Solar Industry," presented by Mike Chonko, Senior Manager Talent Acquisition at Sunrun.

REGISTER FOR FREE FOR ALL WEBINARS (at least six a year) & SPEAKER EVENTS by becoming a NorCal Solar Member.

Can't make the webinar? No problem! All registered attendees will be sent a link to the recorded webinar.

June 25th: NorCal Solar Speaker Series Event: “Electrification Nation” with Rachel x 2!

Meet and mingle with your fellow NorCal Solar members, staff and board members. Enjoy drinks and refreshments, followed by an inspiring and information packed presentation! 


Tuesday June 25th, 2019, 5:30-8:30 pm 


The Energy Foundation, 301 Battery Street, Fifth Floor, San Francisco, CA 94111

Event Flow:

5:30 pm: Networking and Refreshments

6:30-8:30 pm: Presentations and Discussion


FREE for NorCal Solar Members. (Log-in while registering to receive member pricing. If you are having trouble remembering your log-in, email [email protected])

$15 for Non-Members and $10 for Low-Income/Student/Retiree Non-Members


Click here for info about our membership levels.


Presentation: To lower greenhouse gas emissions we need to stop burning fossil fuels, not only in cars and power plants, but also in homes and businesses. Switching to using all electric appliances is a great way to do this, particularly as grid electricity gets cleaner and cleaner. This movement toward “electrification” is growing rapidly, and our speakers will cover relevant new laws and policies and give details on programs being implemented around the Bay Area. Come join the discussion about heat pumps, induction cooking, PV + EV + batteries systems, and the challenges of implementing such a major shift in energy usage.


Speakers: Rachel Golden, Sierra Club and Rachel Kuykendall, Sonoma Clean Power


Rachel Golden is a policy expert and senior campaigner working to support California’s transition to clean energy. Rachel leads the Sierra Club’s building electrification campaign, where she works with a team of attorneys, analysts, grassroots organizers, and media experts to win comprehensive policies that support electrification, and that prioritize low-income residents and workforce development.  Rachel has a broad background in energy policy having covered energy efficiency, renewable energy, and transportation electrification policies in the public, non-profit, and philanthropic sectors. She has Masters degrees in Public Policy and Energy Resources from University of California, Berkeley.   



Rachel Kuykendall is Sonoma Clean Power’s Programs Manager. She is responsible for program design and implementation in the areas of DERs, energy efficiency, demand response, electric vehicles, and other areas that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support affordable energy for Sonoma Clean Power customers. Rachel currently manages Sonoma Clean Power’s Demand Response Program, as well as the Advanced Energy Rebuild Program which supports homeowners affected by the 2017 North Bay wildfires.


This event is made possible by the support of the presenters and our host, The Energy Foundation.

Register here.

July 9th: Solar Logistics Roundtable


July 10th: Oakland Port Tour & Lunch, Focused on Solar Logistics and Shipping

The Port of Oakland is spending $8.9 million over 20 years for solar power, and its electric utility will resell renewable energy to airport and seaport tenants -- come network and learn about these exciting developments on this fun and unique tour!


The event is made possible through a partnership between NorCal Solar, the Port of Oakland, and Fracht USA. 

Tickets include: a bus tour of the Port, presentations, networking, and a generous buffet restaurant lunch overlooking the Alameda Estuary (includes tax and gratuity). 

Cost: $125 for the general public and $100 for NorCal Solar members. REGISTRATION CLOSES JUNE 20TH. 

Click here for info about our membership levels. Click here to register for the Tour & Lunch.


National Solar Energy Conference 

Discover the ASES Solar Conference, "Race to Renewables", August 5-9, in Minneapolis, MN.

Race against time to take urgent climate action through the use of renewable energy!

Members Receive a Discount for PV Solar Recycling & NorCal Solar Receives a Donation!

To further our mutual goals, NorCal Solar has established a new and exciting partnership with Recycle PV Solar (RPVS), a company based near Lake Tahoe, Nevada.  RPVS is dedicated to keeping solar PV panels out of landfills by re-purposing those that can be reused, and recycling all other solar panels in an environmentally conscience way.

Dismantling and recycling PV panels has a cost. RPVS is now offering a discounted recycling and processing fee of $16 per solar panel for NorCal Solar members (regular price: $25). This fee covers the cost of recycling the metals, glass, and other components in PV. As an added bonus, RPVS will make a $1 donation to NorCal Solar per panel. If you’d like to take advantage of this opportunity and are not already a member of NorCal Solar, please click here for membership info. If you want more info about recycling solar panels or are ready to send some panels for recycling, you can start the process by filling out this online application form.

The national Solar Energy Industries Association and the Solar Industry Associations of Colorado (COSEIA) and Arizona (AriSEIA) are also working with Recycle PV Solar to promote solar panel recycling. Though solar panels have a life expectancy of 25 years or more, experience shows us that not all installations survive to maturity for a variety of reasons: they suffer damage in transport or installation or by extreme weather and fire, they have manufacturing defects, or they have been taken out of service to be replaced by newer and more efficient technologies.

We are thrilled that this partnership enables NorCal Solar to support a true circular solar economy which ensures that our resources are not simply used once and thrown away, but instead are repurposed to their fullest extent. This effort is vital for the solar industry to become truly sustainable, and we encourage our members to take advantage of this new opportunity. More info about Recycle PV Solar can be found in PV Magazine.

Announcing New Board Members

NorCal Solar is pleased to announce the following new members to our board. Click here to read more about each of them.      

 Interested in serving on the board of NorCal Solar? Click here & scroll down to the info under “Join Our Board”. 

Remembering Darren Malvin, Former NorCal Solar Board Member

By Elaine Hebert


In January, 2019, we mourned the passing of former NorCal Solar board member Darren Malvin, of American Solar Corp. in Marin County. He was Vice President of NorCal Solar when I was President around 2010-11. Darren was a wonderful human being: fair-minded, level-headed, caring. My impression was that he had a big effect in Marin, really promoting PV and installing many systems there and around the Bay Area. His photo appeared in several ads in solar magazines for Quick Mount PV - you may have seen it. Claudia Wentworth (of Quick Mount, and also formerly of the NorCal Solar board) and I attended his memorial service together… a sad but wonderful event. The room was more than overflowing, a testament to how much his community loved him. He died trying to help people during a storm. He was 52. There’s a full obituary here. It states, “The family would be grateful for donations made in Darren’s name to the Homestead Valley Community Association

A Big Thanks To Our New & Renewed Business Members and Supporters!

Thank you to our new SOLAR STAR member!

Thank you to our sponsors: 

Guilt Free Hot Water

Custom Power Solar

Whitham Group

The Energy Foundation

website: www.norcalsolar.org

email: [email protected] 

NorCal Solar is a chapter of the American Solar Energy Society (ASES).