For Immediate Release: August 22, 2008
Media Contact: Amy morgan - 916-654-4989

MEDIA ADVISORY

CALIFORNIA ENERGY COMMISSION MARKS
SOLAR ENERGY AWARENESS MONTH WITH
SUN-POWERED SWEEPSTAKES

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - August is 'Solar Energy Awareness Month, and in celebration, the California Energy Commission's New Solar Homes Partnership launched the 'Go Solar California Sweepstakes.' The sweepstakes challenges entrants to test their solar knowledge for a chance to win 'green' prizes, including a 2009 hybrid vehicle.

"We are pleased to announce the launch of this new educational sweepstakes during the New Solar Homes Partnership's Solar Energy Awareness Month," said California Energy Commission Chairman Jackalyne Pfannenstiel. "By encouraging the construction of energy efficient solar communities, we can help move California closer to meeting its clean energy goals."

Throughout the month of August, visitors to the Go Solar California website will find tips about how to be more energy efficient and live solar. Visitors who take a solar quiz and watch an educational video on the website can register to win the grand prize, a 2009 hybrid vehicle through November 30, 2008.

Visitors to the 2008 California State Fair can also enter the sweepstakes at kiosks located in the fair's California Green Dream Expo.

To enter the Go Solar California Sweepstakes or to find a new energy efficient solar home community, visit www.GoSolarCalifornia.org.

About the New Solar Home 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 Schwarzenegger's $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.

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