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Solar power systems on display

[Press Release] Plan It Green is happy to announce the 9th Annual Solar & Efficiency Tour will be held on Sunday, Oct. 2nd starting at 10:30 AM at the Aquatic Center rm. 203 on Waterfront Drive, Eureka (next to Adorni Center).

This year’s tour is proud to feature several innovative high-profile buildings including the Winzler and Kelly new offices (LEED Gold certified) and the Escarda Place new housing development which are affordable, efficient houses that utilize solar heating strategies such as southern glazing, solar hot water systems and PV systems.

For this year’s tour, which is free to public, will be energy efficient buildings, solar space heating, solar water heating and solar electric (photovoltaic) applications. Among the featured properties are the following:

  • Arcata City Hall – photovoltaic system
  • A “net-zero home” featuring energy efficient appliances, solar space heating & solar PV
  • The Potwawot Health Clinic – solar PV system
  • A “solar car” – converted electric vehicle that’s powered by the sun
  • A converted Eureka bungalow with solar hot water & solar electric
  • An Arcata office building with grid-tied solar with battery backup
  • A grid-tied solar powered ranch in Bayside
  • An off-grid solar home on Elk River Rd. in Eureka
  • An energy efficient, affordable housing development in Arcata featuring solar space heating design, solar hot water and solar electric
  • Two solar water heating systems applications – one for 4-person home solar hot water (Arcata) and another for hot water and radiant heating space heating (McKinleyville)

The tour is free to the general and begins at 10:30 at the Aquatic Center with a presentation on new energy upgrade programs offered by PG&E and CHF low-interest financing. Attendees will learn why efficiency and renewable energy pays off in more than just financial terms and how they can undertake a project of their own. Experts will be available all day at each facility to give guided tours and answer questions.

  1. Ponder z
    September 30, 2011 at 6:01 am

    the cost of green power and building is a farce. If you are eating this shit, you should study physics. You cant get free energy. Your candyass electric car burns no fuel? The power to charge it dose, dipwad. Burn lots of NG or coal to make that electricity. Pollution.
    Build a green home? The products citified green are expensive because they are not used by the majority of builders,(because they are EXPENSIVE).
    Solar panels, shit, just look up Solyndra

    http://www.aei.org/article/104134?gclid=CO-Aib2OxKsCFYxb7AoddlQb3w

    The government wants to control your life and mandate this shit for all new constriction. So you have to buy form their pals.

  2. tra
    September 30, 2011 at 8:48 am

    Your candyass electric car burns no fuel? The power to charge it dose, dipwad. Burn lots of NG or coal to make that electricity. Pollution.

    But it takes a lot less energy (and creates a lot less pollution to produce that electricity than it does to produce the energy in an internal-combustion engine. And if the electricity comes from from solar or wind, the amout of pollution created is way, WAY less.

    So yes, of course there’s no such thing as “free” energy… nobody said there was. That doesn’t change the fact that some forms of energy creation (fossil fuesl and nuclear, for example) are much more environmentally destructive than other forms of energy creation (such as slar and wind).

  3. tra
    September 30, 2011 at 8:56 am

    Solar panels, shit, just look up Solyndra…The government wants to control your life and mandate this shit for all new constriction. So you have to buy form their pals.

    The reason Solyndra went under is not that solar panels are too expensive to the consumer, it’s that Chinese and other companies are able to make the panels even less expensively, thanks mostly to cheap labor in those countries…same issue as many other industries.

    At any rate, the money that went to Solyndra was only 1/2 of 1% of the Department of Energy’s green energy funds. Losing one company that amounted to only 1/2 of 1% of the funds doesn’t convince me that the whole effort is somehow a failure.

  4. Plain Jane
    September 30, 2011 at 9:09 am

    The people who believe the Solyndra failure is proof green energy can’t work get their views from media and think tanks hugely funded by the fossil fuel industry. Which was the biggest failure: BP in the Gulf, the Exxon Valdez, or Solyndra?

  5. Anonymous
    October 10, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    R,b,n.e.u.b.r.t.b

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