For Immediate Release: December 7, 2009
Media Contact: Amy Morgan - 916-654-4989

MEDIA ADVISORY

Go Solar California Contest Educates Consumers
About Solar and Energy Efficiency

Central Valley Woman wins Green Home Makeover

SACRAMENTO - Californians embraced the power of the sun in the Energy Commission's second annual Go Solar California Sweepstakes that educated consumers about solar and energy efficiency. Nearly 31,000 online entries were received in the contest and more than 22 percent - 7,124 entries - requested more information about solar energy.

"We are extremely pleased to see Californians continuing to embrace an energy efficient lifestyle," said California Energy Commission Chairman Karen Douglas. "In its second year, the Go Solar California Sweepstakes continues to inform consumers how solar power can play a vital role in moving our state toward a sustainable future."

The sweepstakes, which ended October 31, 2009, challenged entrants to test their solar knowledge for a chance to win 'green' prizes, including a Green Home Makeover. Visitors took a quiz and watched an educational video about the Energy Commission's New Solar Homes Partnership (NSHP) on the GoSolarCalifornia.org website.

A component of the California Solar Initiative, the NSHP provides financial and marketing incentives to home builders to drive energy efficient, solar home construction. As of November 2009, the NSHP applications represent over 8,000 new energy efficient solar homes and approximately 16 megawatts of solar capacity.

Francesca Codianni of Clovis won the green home makeover after taking the 'Solar Quiz,' and her home will be outfitted with new features including energy efficient insulation, a solar hot water system and Energy Star appliances. Prizes provided by Clear Channel.

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 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 utility bills and helps 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 current building standards. The overall goal of the NSHP is to achieve 400 megawatts of new solar-produced electricity by the end of 2016.

2009 Go Solar California Sweepstakes Monthly Prize Winners

Leona S. of Rancho Cucamonga won an Eco Me Cleaning Kit
Evelyn L. of Rialto won an Eco Me Cleaning Kit
Ashley C. of Montebello won an Eco Me Cleaning Kit
Brad J. of San Ramon won an Eco Me Cleaning Kit
Cindy M. of Whittier won an Eco Me Cleaning Kit
Steve D. of Poway won an Eco Me Cleaning Kit
Lisa M. of Graton won an Eco Me Cleaning Kit
Jessica P. of Los Angeles won an Eco Me Cleaning Kit
David L. of Escondido won an Eco Me Cleaning Kit
Eugene K. of Huntington Beach won an Eco Me Cleaning Kit
Jeff P. of Calexico won an Eco Me Cleaning Kit
Jeff H. of Simi Valley won an Eco Me Cleaning Kit
Suzanne K. of Riverside won a Solio solar charger
Bruno K. of Santa Fe Springs won a Solio solar charger
Kristy M. of Los Angeles won a Solio solar charger
Lyv C. of Downey won a Solio solar charger
Sharon S. of Agua Dulce won a Solio solar charger
Miste B. of Folsom won a Solio solar charger
Carney B. of Rocklin won a Solio solar charger
Robb K. of Concord won a Solio solar charger
Bill B. of Agoura Hills won a Solio solar charger
Peggy K. of Stockton won a Solio solar charger
Bernard D. of San Bernardino won Eco Lawn Seed
Lenore W. of Burlingame won Eco Lawn Seed
Paul N. of Napa won Eco Lawn Seed
Ernest T. of Atascadero won Eco Lawn Seed
Wendy F. of Elk Grove won Eco Lawn Seed

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