November 16, 2001

Regional Energy Office to Host Solar Workshop for Homebuilders

On November 28th, the San Diego Regional Energy Office (SDREO) will host a workshop on solar energy for home-builders. The Solar Energy in New Home Construction workshop will provide an overview of solar electric and solar water heating technologies, available cash incentives and tax credits for solar energy and the economics of solar technologies.

"Distributed residential solar energy systems can plan an important role in providing a higher level of energy independence, which is a primary goal of our long-term Regional Energy Strategy," said Kurt Kammerer, Executive Director of the Regional Energy Office. "While we do not support mandates for solar energy, we have noticed a significant increase in consumers interest in solar solutions. Generous rebates, tax credits and long-term financing that can make solar energy equipment a cost-effective option for new home buyers."

Homebuilders around the region are incorporating solar energy into their new homes. Shea Homes, Pardee Homes and Centex Homes are or soon will be incorporating solar energy technologies into their homes.

The Solar Energy in New Home Construction Workshop will take place on Wednesday, November 28, 2001 from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Holiday Inn Select San Diego located at 595 Hotel Circle South. For more information about the workshop, please see www.sdenergy.org/events.

The Solar Energy in New Home Construction Workshop is part of the Regional Energy Office's educational efforts sponsored by the California Energy Commission's Renewable Energy Program and the U.S. Department of Energy's Million Solar Roofs Initiative, a federal initiative to install solar energy systems on one million U.S. buildings by 2010.

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