Are you a fence-sitter when it comes to solar for your home? Have you just not wanted to think about the efficiency of your home's energy systems? I can't imagine a better time to address these issues. In all of my years in the energy sector, I have never seen such deep discounts and generous rebates as are available to all San Diego County residents right now.
CCSE and the City of San Diego have launched a new citywide program that offers funding for low-to-moderate income residents to reduce their energy bills at no cost while improving the comfort, health and safety of their homes. The San Diego Home Energy Upgrade ( SDHEU) program is part of the City of San Diego's continuing efforts to encourage residents to implement energy efficiency and improve the quality of their homes and neighborhoods.
Solar Savings for County Residents
Solar photovoltaic ( PV) systems with a combined size of 1.5 megawatts of electricity are now in operation at three San Diego County Water Authority facilities. Based on current rates, the systems are projected to save the region's ratepayers $1.7 million in energy costs over the next 20 years and will enable the agency to meet a significant portion of its power needs with renewable energy.
Although the widespread adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) as a principal means of daily transportation and commuting is still in the future, consumer demand for EVs is increasing in San Diego and a call is going out to local businesses to become host sites for EV charging stations.
CCSE in the News
San Diego Magazine choose CCSE Executive Director Irene Stillings as one of its nominees for 2011 Woman of the Year for her role in implementing energy and climate policy in California and other sustainable activities. The winner will be announced at a banquet set for Sept. 14.
CCSE Residential Energy Roadshow – Visitors to the San Diego Home, Hot Tub & Landscape Show learned about products to reduce energy use, solar systems and other resources. The next showing is at the San Diego Fall Home/Garden Show at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, Sept. 16-18. For a free ticket worth $8 and half off on additional admissions, click here.
Senator Boxer at San Diego solar project – CCSE Executive Director Irene Stillings (left) looks on as Senator Barbara Boxer speaks at the Las Serenas affordable housing development during a series of visits to highlight green energy and job development in the state. The facility's 67.5- kilowatt solar system received a California Solar Initiative rebate from CCSE's Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing program in Nov. 2009.
Inside the ERC
Policy and Planning
Inside This Issue:
Did you know CCSE offers free, ongoing workshops on energy efficiency, solar energy, green building, transportation and climate change? Register now! Click on the links below or call (866) SDENERGY.
Open House - Gorskis' Energy-Efficient Home
Selecting LED Lighting for Residential Applications
Join the CCSE Elite Volunteer Corp
Solar for Homeowners 1 - Getting Started
Capturing Rain Water & Grey Water: Innovative Landscape Techniques - Permaculture
Energy Upgrade California for Homeowners
Skip´s Tips - Advanced Solar Thermal Workshop
Solar Water Heating Basics for Homeowners
CCSE Needs YOU – CCSE is looking for individuals interested in being part of our elite volunteer team. Our programs, including Energy Upgrade California, the California Solar Initiative and Transportation Programs, need more public ambassadors to help us carry the sustainability message to events throughout San Diego County. Next orientation will be held Wednesday, Sept. 21, at CCSE from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Register here.
See Solar in Action - Presented by the San Diego Renewable Energy Society, the 12th Annual San Diego Solar Tour showcases solar applications across San Diego County on Saturday, Oct. 1. The self-guided tour offers homeowners and others the opportunity to talk with property owners, solar installers and energy efficiency experts about the innovative solutions they are employing. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Cleantech Legislative Conference – Join the San Diego North Chamber of Commerce in discussions of attracting and retaining cleantech and renewable energy companies during its Cleantech Legislative Conference 2011 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16, at Sony Electronics Inc., 16535 Via Esprillo, San Diego. Advance registration: $25.
Rebecca Feuerlicht provides administrative and technical support for the California Solar Initiative, the Pacific Power California Solar Incentive Program and the Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing program. She plays a key role in database maintenance, tracking solar installations and managing incentive applications as well as interacting extensively with solar installers and customers.
Prior to joining CCSE, Feuerlicht worked at I Love A Clean San Diego, as an education coordinator, delivering presentations to K-12 students and adults about energy efficiency, waste reduction, recycling and storm water pollution prevention. She also conducted research and marketing for the education department and contributed to curriculum development.
Feuerlicht has a bachelor's degree in environmental studies and economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Screen Savers – There is a common misconception that screen savers reduce energy use by computers. Fact is they do not. For real energy savings, set your computer to switch automatically to sleep mode and manually turn off your monitor.
CCSE Is Hiring
Current green job openings:
Green Job Seekers –
“"We need to dispel the myth of 'range anxiety' of consumers by building electric vehicle charging infrastructure."
– Vincent Lyons, VP of Leggett & Platt
Energy Connection is a monthly e-newsletter of the California Center for Sustainable Energy.
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