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For Immediate Release: June 20, 2008
Media Contact: Amy Morgan - 916-654-4989
Onsite Contact, June 26, 2008 - Beth Horan, Edelman - 916-346-6611

M E D I A     A D V I S O R Y

California Energy Commission Chairman Sheds Light
On Incentives for Solar Home Builders


SAN FRANCISCO -- Chairman Jackalynne Pfannenstiel will discuss the California Energy Commission's New Solar Homes Partnership (NSHP) progress and future plans at PCBC in San Francisco during the California Forum.

Making the decision to "Go Solar" benefits both California's home builders and the environment. Designed to encourage new energy-efficient solar home construction in the Golden State, the NSHP provides financial incentives and marketing support for home builders who incorporate high levels of energy efficiency and high-performing solar systems in new home construction

The Chairman's presentation will provide a comprehensive overview of the program, discussion of the benefits available to builders, and a snapshot of the solar landscape in California. PCBC is a leading conference for the homebuilding industry and is a project of the California Building Industry Association.

Who:
California Energy Commission Chairman Jackalynne Pfannenstiel

What:
PCBC 2008 California Forum, "State Solar Credits" section

When:
Thursday, June 26, 2008
California Forum: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Solar Credits section: 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Where: PCBC 2008
Moscone Center South
Mezzanine 206
747 Howard Street, 5th Floor
San Francisco, CA

Please note that media must register to attend the California Forum. Registration details can be found at www.pcbc.com.

Onsite Contact - Beth Horan, Edelman - 916-346-6611


About the New Solar Homes Partnership

Launched in January 2007, the New Solar Homes Partnership (NSHP) is a component of the California Solar Initiative, signed into law in 2006 under Senate Bill 1 (Murray) to implement Gov. Arnold SchwarzeneggerŐs $3.3 billion, Million Solar Roofs Program.

The NSHP provides financial incentives and marketing support to home builders, encouraging the construction of new, energy efficient solar homes that save homeowners money on their electric bills and help protect the environment. The goals of the NSHP are to create a self-sustaining market for solar homes and gain builder commitment 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 is at least 15 percent more efficient than the current building standards. The overall goal of the NSHP is to achieve 400 megawatts of new solar-produced electricity by the end of 2016.

To download the New Construction Home Buyers Market Research Summary Report, visit the Go Solar California website at:
http://www.gosolarcalifornia.org/builders/marketing_resources/index.html#surveys.

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