Upcoming event - tapping solar power on the local level

Solar Energy Technology & Local Installation Incentives for Residents, Businesses & Municipalities to be Addressed at CIRECâ??s November 16 Meeting

â??Solar Power: Local Options for Tapping the Earth's Ultimate Energy Source," an educational event and networking opportunity presented by the Cape & Islands Renewable Energy Collaborative (CIREC), is scheduled for Wednesday, November 16, from 7pm-9pm, at the Cape Cod National Seashoreâ??s Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham.

This free event, open to the public, will begin with a presentation from the Cape Cod National Seashore detailing the measures it has taken to reduce its consumption of fossil fuels and to improve air quality in Barnstable County. The meeting will feature an airing of The Power of the Sun, a new documentary describing the history of solar photovoltaic (PV) technology, its current and future applications, and its potential for meeting the worldâ??s energy needs. This film, narrated by John Cleese and developed with input from two Nobel Prize winners, presents a morality tale about how science works and about why the time for PV technology has come.

Cape & Islands Self-Reliance will give an overview on local applications of PV systems, which generate electricity, as well as solar thermal systems, which can provide water heating and space heating. Self-Reliance, in partnership with local companies and funding sources such as the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative and Keyspan Energy Services, is leading the regional effort to increase the use of solar energy. The presentation and Q&A session will address the site assessment process; the costs of PV and solar thermal systems, including incentives, rebates, and financing options; the installation process; and the experiences of system owners.

Information will be available on membership in CIREC, the local chapter of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA). In addition, time to network and light refreshments will be provided. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own mug.

More info on solar power available on CIREC's site here.

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