San Diego ranks first among California cities for use of solar energy again this year, with the most systems installed and the greatest generation capacity, according to a report issued by the Sacramento-based Environment California Research & Policy Center on Tuesday, Jan. 24, at a press conference held at Point Loma Nazarene University.
CCSE's transportation team is taking electric vehicle promotion on the road this year in a series of workshops in cities throughout the state focusing on recent developments in the electric vehicle revolution sweeping across California. The workshops will focus on plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) and feature panels of local owners in each city discussing their experiences with PEVs in everyday life.
A CCSE lead energy efficiency program that provides cash rebates and special discounts for homeowners who improve their homes' energy performance is now available to all Chula Vista residents. A meeting explaining the program will be held on Saturday, Jan. 28, from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. at the Loma Verde Recreation Center.
Solar Thermal Training – Solar water heating guru Skip Fralick of CCSE's California Solar Initiative team explains the workings of a Solar Thermal system to participants in a four-day professional training held at the center. About two dozen local contractors attended to learn in-depth knowledge about solar water heating. CCSE partnered with the National Solar Trainers to conduct the sessions, which were offered at about 10 percent of the normal cost.
Green Real Estate Certificate – Realtor and green building expert John Shipman presented San Diego's first certified Build It Green real estate professional training program Jan. 17-18 at CCSE. About 55 local realtors attended the course, which was discounted from $450 to $50 thanks to the support of the Energy Upgrade California program. CCSE organized the event with the San Diego Association of Realtors.
Ambassadors on the Road – Volunteer Ambassadors Michael Buttery (left) and Jason Terry set up the CCSE Residential Energy Roadshow for an event at the center. Ambassadors help us achieve our outreach efforts, ensuring that CCSE engages the public in working toward a clean energy future. Pay it forward by signing up for the next CCSE Ambassador Orientation on Feb. 7. Sign up here.
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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.
How to become an Eligible Contractor in the CSI-Thermal Program
Solar for Homeowners 1 - Getting Started
Energy Finance Training Class for Home Performance Contractors, Realtors and Loan Officers
Green Tax Benefits 2012
Energy Savings and the Green Computing Revolution
Urban Tree Mapping Project – Learn about the newly created San Diego County Tree Map and how you can help to understand the benefits of urban trees by measuring and recording trees in your yard and neighborhood. This project collected primarily street tree data from 10 San Diego County cities, plus two college campuses, and calculated their climate and environmental benefits. Thursday, March 1, 2012, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Register online.
CCSE: In the News
CCSE Executive Director Irene Stillings is among San Diego's "Top Influentials" in business and consumer services for 2012, according to the Daily Transcript. Fifty individuals in five categories were selected for the list. Read her profile here.
Solar Advantages – Residential rooftop solar does much more than generate free electricity. Solar also increases your house's value. According to a 2011 report by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, California homes with solar energy systems sell for a premium over comparable homes without solar. In fact, the average sales price premium is about equal to the investment made to install solar.
CCSE Is Hiring
Current green job openings:
Green Job Seekers –
"I'd put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don't have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that."
- Thomas A. Edison, 1931
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