Irvine Civic Center to host final Solar Education Series event

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

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In 2016, Irvine was selected as a host city for the Solar Education Series, a regional initiative presented by nonprofits Center for Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Campaign, and sponsored by local solar firm and Greater Irvine Chamber member, Sullivan Solar Power. Educational solar seminars have taken place across Southern California since January of this year, with a series hosted in Irvine since February. These educational experiences are given in response to a growing demand for independent and accurate facts about solar power for homeowners.

More than 210,000 solar power systems have been installed in the Southern California Edison utility territory, making Orange County a global leader in the adoption of rooftop solar. Unfortunately, this rapid growth has resulted in some solar companies engaging in high-pressure sales tactics. Companies have also used misleading and outdated information about financial incentives that no longer apply, according to industry watchdogs.  

Go Solar California, a leading solar power industry advocacy campaign, recently issued a consumer alert. According to the organization, there have been reports of solar companies “throughout California attempting to generate sales through unscrupulous methods.”

To help clear up this misinformation, a team of nonprofit experts and certified energy practitioners will help interested homeowners overcome any confusion about going solar at the final Irvine Solar Education Series. The seminar will also walk homeowners through the state rebate program for battery storage, which provides incentives to homeowners looking to keep a back-up power supply source and maximize savings. Currently, the state of California will award $3,630 cashback to homeowners in Southern California Edison utility territory that install a battery storage system. Over 550 residents have attended regional Solar Education Series seminars this year, learning the facts about solar without the sales pitch.

“This seminar put to bed a lot of the myths out there,” said Joel Versh, Solar Education Series attendee and local Rancho Santa Margarita resident, “It was good to get real information on the existing rebates and the pros and cons of solar. It was a wonderful experience.”

Attendees of the Irvine Solar Education Series will learn how solar works, battery storage and integration, policy changes, available incentives, financing options, how to choose a solar provider, energy saving programs for residents, new solar rules and more.

The Irvine Solar Education Series is taking place on Saturday, Oct. 21, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. at Irvine City Hall located at 1 Civic Center Plaza. Complimentary lunch and refreshments will be provided.

For more information, or to RSVP for this seminar, visit


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