The city of Pleasanton will host a free workshop Saturday to provide residents with an overview of solar technology for residential use.
The presentation will include information about residential solar energy -- how it works, average costs, how to determine if a home is situated for its use, and how the state and federal incentives work. For a limited time, Pleasanton will also offer an incentive for solar installation.
The speaker for the event is Kim Ngo from PG&E's Energy Center, who will make a presentation entitled, "Solar Basics what you need to know."
A question and answer session will follow the presentation, and solar installers will be available to answer questions in an informal setting.
The Solar Expo is scheduled for noon Saturday at the city's Operations Service Center, 3333 Busch Road in Pleasanton.
Those attending the expo are asked to register at http://PleasantonSolarExpo.eventbrite.com.
For more information, call 931-5506, or visit www.PleasantonGreenScene.org.
A growing awareness of the developing technology for solar energy combined with a desire to make communities more sustainable has fueled a new interest in solar energy. After the Solar Cities program was launched a few years ago, the number of solar permits increased among Tri-Valley cities from 81-110%, demonstrating that residents are seeing value in renewable technology, and in lowering their utility bills, said city officials.
The use of solar energy to power homes is one segment of this overall growth as homeowners tap into sunshine to produce electricity and heat water and swimming pools. Installing solar panels is a home improvement project that pays dividends in several ways, including the environmental benefit of producing one's own clean energy.
Homeowners can also benefit by increasing the value of their property with a solar installation and, at the same time, avoid future energy rate increases. A study by UC Berkeley indicates that California homes with solar panels sell for more than their panel-free counterparts, typically an average of $17,000 per house.