Largest U.S. Solar Energy Event Invites the Public to Learn More About How to Go Solar: Free Public Night Oct. 4 at Solar Power International 2010, Los Angeles Convention Center

Public welcome to see more than 1,100 exhibits, attend workshops about getting solar energy for home or businessSolar Power International 2010, the largest business-to-business solar conference and expo in North America, opens its doors to the public on Oct. 13, from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

During this free event at the Los Angeles Convention Center, those attending Public Night can browse solar products from more than 1,100 exhibitors, learn about the latest solar energy technology for their home or business, and attend free educational workshops about everything from home installation to climate change. Attendees can also find out about solar jobs at the Job Centers located in both South and West Halls of the Los Angeles Convention Center.

In previous years, SPI’s Public Night has been a popular event, drawing more than 5,000 people interested in learning about the latest solar technology. This is a unique opportunity for southern Californians to learn about the many different ways of capturing and using solar energy, all under one roof. The expo floor is segmented by product category, making the show easy to navigate for individuals or business owners looking to go solar.

“Our annual Public Night is an important part of our show program, since it’s one of our biggest opportunities to educate the public about the benefits of solar energy,” said Brian Tully, executive director of Solar Energy Trade Shows. “We hope people leave Public Night with ideas about how to get involved, whether it’s using solar energy for their home or business, or getting a job in the growing solar industry.”

Session topics for SPI’s free educational workshops include:

• Solar Water Heating 101 for Homeowners: Solar water heating is a well-established option to reduce a home’s energy bills and carbon footprint. There are great incentives for solar water heating equipment and a growing number of vendors ready to install home systems. This session presents how solar water heaters work, what options are available, and how to proceed with a residential solar water heating energy project. Presented by: Los Angeles Renewable Energy Society

• California Solar Initiative Public Forum: California has set a goal to create 3,000 megawatts of new, solar-produced electricity by 2017. The CPUC's California Solar Initiative program provides incentives to existing residential and business customers when installing solar systems. This forum provides an overview of the progress of the program, upcoming changes and a panel discussion. Presented by: California Solar Initiative

• Solar Electricity 101 for Homeowners: Solar PV is quickly becoming a mainstream option for homeowners. Yet the technology options are many and it is challenging to assess the economic proposition presented by solar installers. Which technology is right for which home? What should homeowners expect once the system is installed? This session presents what the technology is, how it works, what options are available, and how to proceed with a residential-retrofit energy project. Presented by: California Solar Energy Industries Association

• Climate Presentation, Problems and Solutions Based on “An Inconvenient Truth” and “Our Choice” by Al Gore: The Climate Project's (TCP) mission is to educate the public about the harmful effects of climate change and to work toward solutions at a grassroots level worldwide. Each TCP presenter delivers a version of Gore’s slideshow based on his best-selling books and the Academy Award-winning documentary film “An Inconvenient Truth.” As part of this select group of 1,200 individuals in the U.S. chosen to become TCP presenters, Jeff completed the TCP training program in 2007. Less time is spent on defending the climate science and more solutions are now presented in the slideshow, since climate change is now more widely understood and accepted. Presented by: Jeff Wolfe, PV division chair of SEIA, The Climate Project- trained presenter.

Solar Power International 2010 is the largest and most comprehensive business-to-business solar industry event in North America and the premiere destination for global and local solar companies conducting business in the U.S. On Thursday, Sept. 23, Trade Show Executive named Solar Power International the fastest growing show that exhibitors are flocking to, as well as Show to Watch in the coming years. For the 27,000+ attendees from 90 countries expected to attend, the event features 200 industry speakers, more than 35 break-out sessions, and dozens of half- and full-day educational training workshops. The conference is a must-attend event for solar industry professionals, utility executives, investors, engineers and policymakers.

The event is presented by the Solar Electric Power Association and the Solar Energy Industries Association, nonprofit groups based in Washington, D.C.

Additional information about Public Night, registration, sponsorship, exhibitors and programs can be found at

The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) is an educational non-profit organization dedicated to helping utilities integrate solar power into their energy portfolios. With more than 700 utility and solar industry members, SEPA provides unbiased utility solar market intelligence, up-to-date information about technologies and business models, and peer-to-peer interaction. From hosting national events to one-on-one counseling, SEPA helps utilities make smart solar decisions. For more information, visit

Solar Energy Industries Association Established in 1974, the Solar Energy Industries Association is the national trade association of the U.S. solar energy industry. Through advocacy and education, SEIA is working to build a strong solar industry to power America.

As the voice of the industry, SEIA works with its 1,000 member companies to make solar a mainstream and significant energy source by expanding markets, removing market barriers, strengthening the industry and educating the public on the benefits of solar energy.

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