For Immediate Release: September 23, 2008
Media Contact: Amy Morgan - 916-654-4989


Experts Discuss Solar at West Coast Green Conference

What: California Energy Commission will host a panel discussion on "Solar Power as a Zero Energy Home Solution" at the West Coast Green Conference in San Jose.

When: Friday, September 26, 2008, 3-4 p.m.

Where: San Jose Convention Center, Room J4, 150 West San Carlos Street, San Jose


  • Tim Tutt, advisor to California Energy Commission Chairman Pfannenstiel
  • Aaron Nitzkin, vice president, OCR Solar & Roofing
  • Dale Garren, vice president of construction, Pinn Brothers Fine Homes
  • Mike Keesee, project manager, energy efficiency, Sacramento Municipal Utility District.

Why: The panel will address how solar energy is changing the face of the Golden State's housing market. The discussion will offer real world perspectives from California builders, photovoltaic providers, and utilities that are currently building energy efficient solar homes in the quest for zero energy homes. The panelists will discuss how state and federal incentives such as California's New Solar Homes Partnership can help builders deliver the energy efficient and the "green" features consumers are beginning to demand.

Consumers can also see how to reduce their utility bill with Energy-Efficient Lighting and Solar by visiting the Energy Commission's booths V5 and 668.

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 Governor 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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