Every hour the sun’s rays provide enough energy to power the planet for one year. Harnessing that solar energy through the installation of solar panels is now a viable way to power your home or business, and it’s also good for the environment and your pocketbook. So if you’ve been thinking about going solar, but question the cost, what exactly going solar might entail, whom to hire, and have other questions about this eco-friendly technology, attend one of the upcoming FREE Solarize Ventura Workshops.For the third consecutive year, the non-profit Community Environmental Council (CEC), in partnership with the City of Ventura, is offering the Solarize Ventura program to city residents. Solarize Ventura’s 2014 and 2015 programs helped 94 Ventura homeowners go solar and begin saving on utility bills. Given the success and positive reception of the prior programs, CEC and the City are offering Solarize Ventura again in 2016.
Solarize Ventura will be available to homeowners April 20 through July 19. The program is designed to make going solar simpler and more affordable, and to increase the amount of renewable energy within the city. “With discounted, fixed pricing from vetted installers and free solar education through workshops and consults, we are looking to make the whole process streamlined and easier on the customer,” explained Jefferson Litten, CEC’s Director of Energy Programs.
Solarize Ventura features two local solar installers, California Solar Electric and Coastal Solar, who are both offering special discounted pricing for Ventura homeowners. The firms were selected for Solarize Ventura after careful evaluation and vetting by a committee of local experts. Both companies are locally-owned family businesses with years of experience in Ventura. “We are very excited to partner with California Solar Electric and Coastal Solar for this year’s program,” said Litten. “Not only are both companies local, they are both offering top quality, American-made panels.”
Regarding the launch of the Solarize program, Ventura Mayor Erik Nasarenko said, “This program is an opportunity for the City to support community energy efficiency efforts while helping our citizens reduce carbon emissions and save on their utility costs.”
This year’s first Solarize Ventura Workshop was held at City Hall on April 27.
Upcoming Solarize Ventura Workshops are as follows:
May 18, 2016 6:00 – 7:30pm Sacred Heart Church
10800 Henderson Rd, Ventura
June 1, 2016, 6:00 – 7:30pm Poinsettia Pavilion
3451 Foothill Road, Ventura
Solarize Ventura participants will also help support the CEC’s mission in the community. For each homeowner who goes solar through the program, the solar installers will pay, at no additional cost to the homeowner, a small fee which will help CEC continue to offer Solarize program in local communities.
To learn more or apply for Solarize Ventura, homeowners can go to www.SolarizeVentura.org or call (805) 963-0583 x 101.