November 06, 2007 

Featuring Our Solar Future

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Note: The San Diego Tour has been rescheduled due to the fires. 

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 Segment 1




Dave Foreman

 Around the Campfire 16


"The Angry West"



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  Segment 2

News . . . .  then


Michael DiGrazia

National Tour Manager

Going green seems to be everybody's business.

Hooray for us!  The Solar Decathlon just closed on National Mall in Washington, DC, a competition between 20 college and university design teams to develop the most innovative solar integrated homes. Seeing solar in operation is the most inspiring and informative way to learn how you can transform your future, along with millions of other Americans, to build a sustainable future.

Today we talk with Michael DiGrazia about the ongoing National Solar Tour. You CAN see what's happening in your neighborhood. 


Note: The San Diego Tour has been rescheduled due to the fires. Click here for details.

The winner from Darmstadt University in Germany

Solar Homes featured in this years Solar Decathlon, held on the National Mall in Washington DC

8th Annual Solar Homes Tour Rescheduled for November 10th:

Tour Features 41 Sites County-wide


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CA Center for Sustainable Energy’s Annual Self-Guided Tour Affords San Diegans Opportunity to See Solar PV, Water Heating and Solar Pool Heating Designs In  Real-life Settings County-wide

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (November 2, 2007) — San Diego homeowners and fire survivors looking to rebuild in the greater San Diego region can talk with homeowners and installers about the benefits of ‘going solar’ and get a first-hand look at real-life solar photovoltaic, solar thermal and solar pool heating systems by participating in the 8th Annual Solar Homes Tour, Saturday, November 10th, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Co-sponsored by the California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE), SunPower and Pardee Construction, the self-guided residential tour encourages San Diegans to visit their choice of 41 homes County-wide to get the direct perspectives of homeowners and installers about the costs, processes and economic and environmental benefits of going solar. It also gives San Diegans a glimpse of how a variety of solar systems look in and around homes with different architectural styles.   The event is one of the largest solar residential tours in the United States.

The tour – originally slated for October 27 -- was rescheduled for November 10 due to the recent wildfires.  Several of those participating in the tour rebuilt their structures following the Cedar Fires and will be sharing their experiences with others looking to rebuild – and those who are interested in making their existing homes more energy efficient.

The Solar Homes Tour is one of four free events that comprise CCSE’s Annual Solar Energy Week, designed to: 1) educate the public about the benefits of installing solar technology, 2) encourage the adoption of clean, renewable solar energy, and 3) help San Diego residents and businesses take advantage of generous rebates and tax incentives for going solar.

“This tour demonstrates how eco-savvy San Diegans are harnessing the sun’s power to cut energy costs, realize thousands of dollars in incentives and create a cleaner, more sustainable energy future,” stated Irene Stillings, Executive Director of the California Center for Sustainable Energy. “In the history of San Diego, there’s never been a better time to go solar,” she added.

For more information and to view the list of homes and solar systems available for touring, please visit the CCSE Web site at -- or call CCSE toll-free at 1-866-SDENERGY.  CCSE is asking that those interested in touring participating homes visit sites only during the appointed times:  10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

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The California Center for Sustainable Energy  is an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) dedicated to fostering public policy and programs to facilitate the adoption of clean, reliable, sustainable, and efficient energy technologies and practices.   It is the only non-profit in the state to administer the California Solar Initiative (CSI). CSI is a $2.1 billion, 10-year state-wide program designed to provide rebates to homeowners, businesses and public agencies who deploy solar technology. CCSE is providing nearly $223 million of the allocated $2.1 billion to qualifying businesses, governments, homeowners and non-profits who go solar within the San Diego Gas & Electric Service Area.