Community Solar Gardens Coming to Southern California with Oct. 20 Workshop and Reception in Santa Monica

Open Neighborhoods and PermaCity will be co-presenting a free solar workshop in Santa Monica on Thursday, October 20, 2011 to discuss California’s upcoming community solar gardens legislation, SB 843.

The event will include a reception with Joy Hughes of the Solar Gardens Institute and a discussion of Colorado’s Community Solar Gardens Act of 2010, and a comparison to California’s proposed solar gardens bill (SB 843 Community-Based Renewable Energy Self-Generation Program).

Advance registration required at

Learn about how California’s proposed solar gardens bill may allow renters and others who do not have an appropriate roof for solar to purchase or lease solar panels in a shared solar facility in the community and receive utility bill credits for the electricity produced as if the panels were located on their own rooftops.

Presentation will be followed by an interactive panel discussion with:

  • David Nahai, Former CEO of Los Angeles Department of Water & Power
  • Evan Gillespie, Regional Representative of the Sierra Club
  • Mary Leslie, Executive Director of the Los Angeles Business Council
  • Susan Munves, Energy and Green Building Programs Administrator for the City of Santa Monica

WHAT: Solar Gardens Workshop and Reception with Joy Hughes of Colorado’s Solar Gardens Institute
Co-Presented by Open Neighborhoods and PermaCity

WHEN: Thursday, October 20, 2011 6:00pm – 8:00pm
WHERE: Working Village 212 Marine Street, Santa Monica, CA

Learn how to reduce your electric bill with solar energy for your home, business or multi-family residence. Participate in the LA County Solar Challenge and receive an Open Neighborhoods Community Solar group discount up to 33% with Los Angeles-based solar installer, PermaCity. Go solar with no upfront costs and a monthly payment less than your electric bill with zero down lease and group discount from SunPowerRequest a free solar assessment for your LA County location.

FOR MORE INFORMATION about the event please contact James Brennan at or 310-259-0646

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