American Solar Energy Society to Partner with Intersolar North America
ASES' 43rd annual National Solar Conference
will be held in conjunction with
Intersolar North America in
San Francisco July 6 - 10, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO, January 22, 2014 - The American Solar Energy Society (ASES), the nation's leading association of solar professionals and advocates focused on technological innovation, will hold their annual conference, Solar 2014, in conjunction with the seventh annual Intersolar North America in San Francisco this July.
"We are very pleased to collaborate with Intersolar," said Seth Masia, executive director of ASES. "Their long-standing alliance with the Fraunhofer Institute and with the International Solar Energy Society is a very good fit with the ASES conference mission. Beyond that, ASES has been looking for an opportunity to hold its own conference mid-summer, when faculty and grad students will find it easier to attend. Both the timing and the location suit our purposes perfectly."
Download the Solar 2014 Call for Papers
Learn more about Solar 2014
The call for speakers for Intersolar North America is now open. Interested industry representatives can access the topics and submit a speaking abstract on the Intersolar website here or on the Solar 2014
website here. Registration will start on March 18.
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San Diego City proclaims October 9, 2013 to be "Sustainability Tour Partner, Solar Ambassador and Volunteer Recognition Day".
Todd Gloria, San Diego's interim mayor, recognized the San Diego Renewable Energy Society (SDRES) and the Sustainability Tour partners, ambassadors, and volunteers on with a City proclamation.
To read the full proclamation, click here.
August 30, 2013
San Diego Renewable Energy Society (SDRES) Announces Line-up of Commercial Energy
Innovators for Free, Sept. 20 Sustainability Tour
(PR Web) -- Commercial property owners, building and sustainability
managers county-wide are invited to join the San Diego Renewable Energy Society (SDRES) for a free, interactive,behind-the-scenes tour of six energy innovations whose solutions are slashing monthly energy costs, earning big tax credits and helping property owners attract and retain quality tenants during the commercial leg of the 13th San Diego
San Diego’s 13th Sustainability Tour is part of the American Solar Energy Society’s National Solar Tour, the world’s largest grassroots solar event. With a theme of “Be Sustainably Inspired,” this year’s tour will showcase a “Sweet 16” of unique energy innovations in the residential, non-profit, multi-family and commercial space.
“Today’s property owners have a wide array of smart, affordable energy efficiency and renewable energy options to improve their properties and create more sustainable work and living environments,” noted Ted Reguly, San Diego Gas& Electric (SDG&E’s) director of customer programs and projects. SDG&E’s Energy Innovation Center is a LEED Platinum-certified facility that will serve as the staging area for the commercial leg of this year’s Sustainability Tour.
“We’re eager to showcase not only the SDG&E Energy Innovation Center’s LEED Platinum-certified innovations, but to introduce property owners, building, sustainability and fleet managers to the workshops and certification programs we offer to keep them abreast of the latest in energy
management solutions that can help them achieve their sustainability goals while improving their bottom lines,” Reguly said.
(Read more and watch a cool video on tour stop UC San Diego, SDG&E's 2013 Grand Energy Champion: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013EnergyTour/08SanDiegoSolar/prweb11072020.htm)
June 21, 2013
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Renewable Energy Society Seeks “Sweet 16” of Solar and
Energy-Efficient Homes and Businesses for 13th San Diego Solar Tour
Nominations Now Being Accepted for 16 Innovative Residential and Commercial Solar and Energy Efficiency Solutions; Winners Showcased During September Open House Tours
(SAN DIEGO: The Summer Solstice) -- Solar installers, energy experts and home and business owners County-wide are invited to strut their sustainable stuff by nominating their favorite energy efficient and solar-powered homes and businesses to be among the 16 sites selected for the San Diego Renewable Energy Society’s 13th San Diego Solar Tour.
Slated for the eve of the Autumnal Equinox (September 20-21), the event features open house tours of energy-efficient homes and businesses that are bringing their owners ample economic and environmental rewards. The tour introduces consumers to the variety of leading-edge solar and energy efficiency solutions available to improve property values, slash energy costs and create more efficient work and living spaces in a real-world, no-pressure environment that allows citizens to talk with installers and system owners about the solutions they're employing to hedge against rising energy costs.
“With higher efficiencies, lower price tags, versatile new products and a treasure trove of tax and cash incentives, today’s solar and energy efficiency solutions are as much an economic play as an environmental one,” said PURE Solar Power’s Jeff Konek. “With a menu of new, zero-down and pre-pay financing options — and the availability of commercial solutions like PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) financing in San Diego, the improvements showcased on this year’s tour are within reach of most any property owner.”
This year’s CNG bus-guided 2013 Commercial Tour for property owners, building and sustainability managers takes place on Friday, September 20 and will commence with a special behind-the-scenes tour of San Diego Gas & Electric’s (SDG&E's) Energy Innovation Center. Space \is limited. The free, self-guided 2013 Residential Tour takes place on Saturday, September 21. Download tour host site and volunteer solar ambassador applications here or eMail SolarTour@sdres.org for details.
The 2013 San Diego Solar Tour is made possible by a County Neighborhood Reinvestment Program grant and a complement of sustainably-inclined sponsors and energy experts, including PURE Solar Power; ASI Hastings Heating, Air and Solar; SunUp Energy Systems; Photon Solar Power; FIGTREE (PACE) Energy Financing, GRIDAlternatives; SolarRain Watery, (the Official Beverage of the San Diego Solar Tour); The East County Solar Guy; CleanTECH San Diego and SDG&E.
Sponsorship opportunities abound. Applications for volunteer Solar Ambassadors are also being accepted.
The “Sweet 16” showcased on this year’s tour will be selected based on solution type, innovation, geographic location, architecture and the energy savings or production value of each structure. The impetus behind each participant’s decision to introduce solar and energy efficiency solutions also comes into play.
Residents and businesses with rooftop, building-integrated and terrestrial-mount solutions that manifest energy efficiency, geothermal, EV-PV, solar PV and solar water heating, cool roof and holistic zero net energy solutions are encouraged to apply.
“Hosting sites on this year’s tour allows area homeowners to see
first-hand the cutting-edge solutions available to help them live more
comfortably – and sustainably -- while saving money on monthly energy bills,” said Ken Justo of ASI Hastings Heating, Air and Solar, whose company is a 7-time recipient of the BBB Torch Award for Business Ethics.
“With solar federal tax credits of 30% and an array of cash rebates and other energy-efficiency incentives, these investments can pay for themselves in very short order,” Justo said. “How many home improvements do you know of that pay for themselves, then continue to pay dividends for years to come?”
Further contributing to the solar ROI illustrated during the tour is a
study out of the University of California San Diego that finds roof-top solar
panels don’t just provide clean power, they shelter household rooftops, keeping them five degrees cooler in summer and warmer in the winter. This cuts down on year-round cooling *and* heating costs. The U.S. EPA reports in the Appraisal Journal that a home’s value increases by $20 for every $1 decrease in annual electricity bills.
"These tours are a convenient way for folks to learn how vastly-different solar and energy efficiency systems are employed across the county, while speaking with licensed, qualified professionals who can educate them on installation processes and the many incentives today's solar PV, solar water heating and energy efficiency solutions deliver,” said San Diego Renewable Energy Society Board Member and Photon Solar Power President Pekka Laine.
“And it’s an effective way for contractors to showcase their work,
harvest new business and keep San Diego’s clean tech engine humming. You can’t, after all, export an energy retrofit job or solar installation.”
The San Diego Solar Tour is part of the American Solar Energy Society’s
National Solar Tour, the world’s largest grassroots solar event.
April 12, 2013
County of San Diego Inspires
County Supervisor Dave Roberts presented San Diego Renewable Energy Society Board Chair Steve Johnston with a $15,000 check
this month to help fund and promote the non-profit San Diego Renewable Energy Society’s presentation of the 13th Annual San Diego Solar Tour, a series of free, self-guided tours designed to educate citizens young and old about the economic and environmental benefits of today's energy efficiency and solar
Inspired by immediate-past County Supervisor Pam Slater-Price via the County of San Diego’s Neighborhood Reinvestment Program, this year’s tour will showcase a “Sweet Solar 16” of unique solar applications in the residential, educational multi-family and
Slated for September 20-21 (the eve of the Autumn Equinox), the 2013 San Diego Solar Tour will feature self-guided professional, educational and family tracks that offer home owners, property owners, business owners, representatives of public agencies, educators and the public-at-large the opportunity to talk with fellow property owners and solar experts County-wide about the innovative solutions they are employing to 1) improve property values, 2) slash utility bills, 3) fuel their vehicles, 4) recoup their tax dollars via tax credits and state rebates, 5) create green jobs and 6) assert their energy independence -- all while sustaining San Diego's sublime quality of life.
The commercial leg of the tour is slated for Friday, September 20, 2013 from 1 pm to 5 pm. The residential leg of the tour is slated for Saturday, September 21, 2013 from
10 am to 2 pm at sites across the County.
Applications are now being accepted for host sites for this year’s tour. Both tours will showcase educational tracks at key learning centers and tier-one educational institutions.
Those selected to be showcased among San Diego’s Sweet Solar 16 will be announced in a weekly tour site ‘reveal’ beginning June 21st, during the Summer Solstice.
Sponsorships are available. SD RES is a 501C3 non-profit whose mission is to promote the education, adoption and advancement of renewable energy solutions while creating green jobs that facilitate its use in homes, educational institutions and commercial facilities across the region. Traditionally, a whopping 72% of those who take the tour consider themselves ready to purchase energy efficiency or renewable energy solutions. For more information, please call 858-220-3317 or eMail SolarTour@sdres.org.
San Diego’s 13th Solar Tour is part of the ASES National Solar Tour, world’s largest grassroots solar event. Last year’s National Solar Tour attracted tens of thousands of qualified leads in dozens of states across the U.S.
September 17, 2013
Dianne Jacob visits the ASI Energy Home in Santee
Today San Diego County supervisor Dianne Jacob visited the ASI Energy Home in Santee, selection #14 of the Sweet 16. In a guided tour through the home by Ken Justo, owner of ASI, ASI's energy saving work from properly sealing cracks in the houses wood work to having hard packed and rat deterrent wall insolation and energy efficient light bulbs Dianne learned about some of the ways home and business owners can "reduce before they produce".
Come visit this site in person on Saturday, September 21 to see first hand how cool this house is without having to have the air conditioning on!
Many thanks to County Supervisor Dianne Jacob for her leadership in renewable energy and advocacy for lower energy costs for homeowners!
SDRES Partner News
July 3, 2013
Solar Tour supporter Ken Justo of ASI Hastings offers U-T TV's Scott and Amber a checklist of simple efficiency measures that can slash monthly energy costs for San Diego homeowners for years to come:
SDRES Partner News
June 10, 2013
Cities of Oceanside, Vista, San Marcos Vote to Drive Solar, Energy Improvements with Dynamic Duo of PACE Providers FIGTREE and HERO
(PR WEB): The Oceanside City Council has voted to join the cities of San Diego, Vista and San Marcos in embracing the tenets of free market competition to drive program excellence for PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy Financing), an innovative financing vehicle that helps commercial property owners fund money-saving renewable energy, energy efficiency and water conservation improvements based strictly on property values.
The June 5 vote approves the introduction of both San Diego-based
FIGTREE PACE and HERO California into Oceanside’s menu
of commercial PACE service providers.
“We had a lively discussion about PACE and a majority of the council
agreed with those who spoke at Wednesday night’s City Council meeting:
Oceanside has an opportunity to bring two proven programs to our community that can put contractors back to work, help property owners cut energy costs and improve Oceanside’s building stock using no public money,” said Deputy Mayor Jerry Kern. “Why not let them compete to drive best practices?” Kern asked.
Read more: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/6/prweb10813373.htm
SDRES Partner News
April 18, 2013
Charitable Partnership Makes Solar Affordable for Everyone: OneRoof Energy, SDRES Solar Tour Partner GRID Alternatives, CleanTECH San Diego and Hanwha join County Supervisor Ron Roberts to help bring the benefits of clean, renewable solar energy to most any homeowner, regardless of income.
September 11, 2013
"Solar Panel Is Next Granite Countertop for Homebuilders: an amenity for new homes that’s becoming a standard option for buyers in U.S. markets. "
March 28, 2013
Commercial PACE Alive and Well in California: San Diego-Based FIGTREE Stands Tall in Wake of FHFA Ruling on Residential PACE; Focus is on Driving Commercial PACE Adoption Across California.
SDRES Encourages San Diegans to Celebrate Earth Month -- with Pizza!
Tierrasanta's Round Table Pizza To Donate 10% of Monday-Tuesday Evening Sales to SDRES During the Month of April
Stop by the Round Table Pizza at 10415 Tierrasanta Blvd, San Diego 92124 any Monday or Tuesday night during the month of April and
help yourself to great pizza while supporting the sustainable initiatives of the non-profit San Diego Renewable Energy Society (SDRES). Round Table Pizza will donate 10% of all Monday and Tuesday evening's sales to the RES.
Click here to download and print the flyer that activates the 10% donation. And eat more pizza. This month, it translates into a more sustainable San Diego!