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For Immediate Release: September 20, 2007
Media Contact: Amy Morgan - 916-654-4989

M E D I A     A D V I S O R Y

California Energy Commission Chairman Jackalyne Pfannenstiel to
Speak at Solar Power 2007


Sacramento - Jackalyne Pfannenstiel, chairman of the California Energy Commission, will participate in a panel discussion on "California Solar Programs: Review and Forecast" at the Solar Power 2007 conference in Long Beach. The panel will address first year results of the nation's largest and most comprehensive solar program. Affordable housing, new home construction, and non-photovoltaic (PV) technology market segments will also be addressed. Chairman Pfannenstiel will highlight "The Power of Partnership: Transforming New Home Development in California" providing an update on the New Solar Homes Partnership and how production builders are using solar electric systems to sell more homes during California's housing slump. The panel will also highlight successes, failures and fixes to streamline the development and administration of solar programs across the country based on the California experience.

In addition, Chairman Pfannenstiel is available for on-site media interviews on Thursday.

When:   Thursday, September 27, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Where: Grand Ballroom B
Long Beach Convention Center
300 E. Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA
Who: Jackalyne Pfannenstiel, chairman, California Energy Commission;

Other panel speakers include Polly Shaw of the California Public Utility Commission; Andrew McAllister of the Center for Sustainable Energy; and Lisa Frantizis of Navigant Consulting. The panel will be moderated by JP Ross of Sungevity.

About the New Solar Homes Partnership:
The New Solar Homes Partnership is a component of the California Solar Initiative, which was signed into law in 2006 under Senate Bill 1 by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Through financial incentives the partnership encourages builders to install solar energy systems on new homes as a standard feature for the home buyer. A new home that qualifies for the New Solar Homes Partnership will be at least 15 percent more efficient than the current energy efficiency standards. Beginning in 2011, builders in California will be required to offer solar as a standard feature in new home developments of 50 or more.

For updates about the New Solar Homes Partnership and a copy of the guidebook, visit the Go Solar California website at: www.gosolarcalifornia.org.

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