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MARIN COUNTY'S NEWS MONTHLY - FREE PRESS
(415)868-1600 - (415)868-0502(fax) - P.O. Box 31, Bolinas, CA, 94924

February, 2006

 

Come To Stinson Solar Sunday February 12

The Stinson Beach Solar Committee (SBSC) cordially invites you to attend Stinson Solar Sunday at the Stinson Beach Community Center on February 12, 2006, from 10 p.m. until 6 p.m. Stinson Solar Sunday is the official kickoff of SBSC's community solar program.
Local residents should be aware that Stinson Beach's very existence is threatened due to rising sea levels and increasing probabilities of drastic and severe weather associated with global climate change. All the more reason to join your neighbors on Stinson Solar Sunday at the community center. You will learn some amazing things, among them, why coastal fog is not a big problem when it comes to solar - especially in a south-facing community like Stinson, the direction that has the best exposure to the sun.

The event will feature a full day of inspirational speakers, thought-provoking panel discussions, delicious organic food from West Marin Green Cuisine, and great original music. Among the speakers will be the following: Richard Heinberg, professor at New College of Santa Rosa and author of the book The Party Is Over, will provide a sobering view of future energy choices; Donald Aitken, Union of Concerned Scientists, will present an inspiring vision for a solar energy future: Dan Pellegrini, Cooperative Community Energy, will describe the "Solar Sebastopol" program's approach to developing a community-wide solar energy program.

Steven Heckeroth, a solar architect and pioneer, will describe a community-based solar program already launched in Willits, Mendocino County; Larry Asera, a renewable energy consultant, will describe his ongoing efforts to integrate solar technologies at local government facilities in Dixon and Vallejo; Anoosh Mizany, President of the Solar Depot, will draw upon his 27 years of experience in the solar industry, focusing his comments on design and installation issues that he himself addressed when building his home in Nicasio; Aran Collier of SunFirst of Muir Beach will present local case studies of successful solar hot water systems.

Roy Philips, President of Marin Solar of San Rafael, will present a slide show detailing some of the technical issues involved with solar photovoltaic panels. Musical entertainment will be provided by musician/activists and songwriting duo LeonVest, a local original band that never ceases to draw a crowd here in West Marin. LeonVest is set to release its second CD - "Alive by Request" - in spring 2006. Also performing, Space Debris, a band of activists who play wild retro psychedelic music, new pop (including a few songs about energy), and old folk songs (and is also set to release a new double CD this spring.)

It should be noted that Marin County is the only county in the state trying to move forward with a county-wide program to purchase a majority of its electricity from clean, non-polluting renewable energy resources. The prime benefit of switching to renewable sources such as solar energy is keeping our energy dollars in our own communities. Stinson Beach may be the first of many small community-based renewable energy programs to grow in response to Marin County's proposed "Community Choice Aggregation" program.

This event is free and open to the general public from 10 AM until 6 PM. For more information, contact Peter Asmus at pthfind@earthlink.net.

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