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Solar Energy Expo & Family Fun Fair, June 22 at El Dorado Nature Center Will Launch LB Energy Solar Rebate Campaign

(June 13, 2002) -- Coinciding with the summer solstice, LB Energy and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine will launch a new Solar Electricity Program -- including a solar rebate program LB Energy calls the most aggressive in the country -- with a Solar Energy Expo and Family Fun Fair, June 22, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the El Dorado Nature Center (7550 E. Spring St.)

From a LB Energy release:

Long Beach Energy is...pleased to announce the most aggressive solar rebate program in the country. The City has committed up to $50,000 for an initial pilot program and will fund rebates up to $3,000 per unit, depending on the cost of the system, on a first come, first served basis to Long Beach residents...

A typical 1 kW solar electrical system will generate about 1,700 kW per year or close to one-third of an average residential homeowners use. Residents interested in installing solar systems can take advantage of an incentive currently being offered by the California Energy Commission, and a rebate from Long Beach Energy. The California Energy Commission is currently offering an incentive of $4.50 per watt, or 50% of the system’s cost, whichever is less, and Long Beach Energy is offering rebates of up to $3,000 for installation of residential solar systems. Average systems, costing from $8,000 to $12,000, will result in net costs to customers of $2,500 to $4,500.

The release adds that the June 22 Solar Energy Expo "will include solar energy displays, information booths from community groups regarding solar energy options and environmental information, and solar-related activities for children including storytelling and craft projects."

LB Energy, in partnership with the Dept. of Parks, Recreation and Marine, is installing a residential solar demonstration project at the El Dorado Nature Center, including a public monitoring system showing real time output and accumulated power production.

LB Energy says the system "will be fully functional, and will partially meet the electrical needs of the Nature Center as well as provide the visiting public an opportunity to see and learn about an operating solar system. This in conjunction with an educational museum display will provide Long Beach residents with important information about solar energy and encourage future use."

LB Energy has undertaken an aggressive marketing campaign in conjunction with Shell Solar, including advertising the message "The Sun Never Bills You" and distributing information about solar energy benefits and installation options.

City Hall’s Solar Electricity pilot program was adopted by the City Council on April 30, 2002. 9th district Councilman Jerry Shultz, a long-time advocate of solar energy, says in the release, "We hope this program will raise the level of interest in solar energy and that the citizens of Long Beach will realize ‘they have the power to save.’"

Mayor Beverly O'Neill added, "We are delighted to be able to provide alternative energy options to our residents."

And City Manager Henry Taboada said, "We hope to be able to evaluate the level of public interest in solar energy by bringing solar electrical systems to a more affordable level for Long Beach residents."

To learn more about the solar system rebate program or obtain a brochure and list of certified earthsafe Solar System installers, contact LB Energy at (562) 570-2016.

Initial applications and information on the Solar Rebate Program will also be available at the June 22 El Dorado Nature Center event.

Or pick up an application at LB Energy, 2400 E. Spring St.

Or call (562) 570-2016.

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