For Immediate Release: August 25, 2008
Media Contact: Amy Morgan - 916-654-4989

MEDIA ADVISORY

California Energy Commission Hosts Solar Fair in Sacramento to celebrate Solar Energy Awareness Month

SACRAMENTO - August is Solar Energy Awareness Month and the California Energy Commission's New Solar Homes Partnership (NSHP) will host a solar fair in Cesar Chavez Park in downtown Sacramento. Commissioner Karen Douglas will be joined by regional energy and building industry leaders to discuss the benefits of solar power and energy efficiency and how California's decision to "go solar" impacts the future of alternative energy.

Research funded by the California Energy Commission shows that in the face of rising energy costs, the majority of new and potential home buyers in California are looking for energy efficiency when purchasing a new home. Making the decision to "go solar" benefits Californian homebuyers and home builders, plus 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.

Upon conclusion of the press conference, media is invited to walk through the solar fair, where solar vendors, builders and environmental agencies will be on-hand to provide additional information and visual presentations.

Who: California Energy Commission, SMUD, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, North State Building Industry Association

What: NSHP Solar Energy Awareness Month Fair

When: Thursday, August 28, 2008
Press conference: 10 a.m.

Solar fair: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Cesar Chavez Park
Downtown Sacramento
J Street between 9th and 10th

Visuals: Solar Fair
Fuel cell car
Solar panels
Energy efficient displays/collateral
Interview opportunities with partners

Onsite Contact: Kari Miskit, Edelman - 916-320-5647

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 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.

To download the New Construction Home Buyers Market Research Summary Report, visit the Go Solar California website at: www.gosolarcalifornia.org

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