What's New at NorCal Solar? March E-News
March 2012
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NorCal Solar Newsletter
What's New at NorCal Solar?
From the President

Hello Everyone,

This is NorCal Solar’s first e-newsletter of the new year, and we have some changes to report. We lost our part-time Office Manager Erin Middleton to another job in the nonprofit world, and we thank her for her 15 months of fun and wonderful service and wish her well. The good news is, our new Office Manager is Emily Barry, and we have hired a Development Director, Karyn Ellis (see Karyn’s bio in our E-News Spotlight, and see Emily's Bio on our Staff Page). I hope you have a chance to meet them soon.
Our other big news is that in 2012, we will be publishing the 9th edition of our popular Solar Energy Resource Guide (SERG), a primer on solar (and energy efficiency). The 8th edition came out in 2008 – how time flies! We are planning a broader range of articles and more thorough distribution of the SERG this time, and we are currently seeking both advertisers and sponsors. Karyn Ellis is our point person – please email or call her at kellis@norcalsolar.org or 415-669-4341 for details, especially since employees do move around and we may not have your most current contact information.
We will be participating again in the Intersolar North America conference and exhibition in San Francisco July 9-12. We plan to offer free admission again into the exhibit hall to NorCal Solar members – watch your email or snail mailbox for the registration code, and please keep your membership up to date (contact Emily in the office to check your status). We gratefully accept your additional donations to support our publishing the SERG 9th edition – soon we’ll have our website set up to specifically accept donations toward the SERG.
Our first networking event of the year will be on March 13, at Spice Monkey Cafe in Oakland. Watch for more networking and other events in 2012, plus our continuing efforts to spur the use of the sun’s energy for making electricity, heating water and space, cooking, drying food, lighting our homes and businesses, and the many other applications of solar.
Yours in clean, renewable energy,
Elaine Hebert, President
NorCal Solar

In This Issue

»Spotlight: Karyn Ellis, Development Director
»Solar Jobs and Course Announcements
»Solar In the News
»Northern California Solar Events
»Call for advertisements and Sponsors: SERG 2012
»Thank you to our sponsors!
»Thank you to our partners!
»Resources -- New report from CA Energy      Commission!


NETWORKING EVENT with NorCal Solar! March 13, Oakland, CA: Come on down to Spice Monkey to network with area solar professionals, and connect to with new NorCal Solar staff!

Intersolar 2012 (July 9-12; Moscone Center, SF) is offering free entry into the exhibition hall for NorCal Solar members! Make sure your membership is up to date (email info@norcalsolar.org to check your status). Check out intersolar.us for more on this international event!

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Spotlight: Karyn Ellis, NorCal Solar Development Director!

KEllisKaryn has a long history in solar application. She volunteered with the Peace Corps in West Africa where she built solar cookers and taught women how to use them, to alleviate the pain of walking miles to get wood for fire.

After receiving her MS in International Development Technology from Humboldt State, she continued her successful solar career, later becoming the International Programs Director for Solar Cookers International, where she traveled to East Africa and developed programs for schools, churches, and NGOs for solar cooking.
Karyn knows first-hand that solar energy can improve the lives of people from every corner of the earth; she did consulting work in refugee camps in Chad and earthquake-stricken villages in Haiti.

After receiving training from Solar Energy International in the Colorado Mountains, Karyn returned to her original home in the California Bay Area to do more great work with NorCal Solar! Karyn can be reached at kellis@norcalsolar.org.

Calling all sponsors, partners, and advertisers!

Get Your Company's Name and information in our Solar Energy Resource Guide 2012, 9th Edition!


Contact Karyn Ellis at kellis@norcalsolar.org for Sponsor and Advertising prices for our acclaimed Solar Energy Resource Guide!

Take a look at our Google Doc of Ad Rates, deadline for ads is April 30th, but get your ad in by April 15th for a discounted price!

The Solar Energy Resource Guide is set to be released at Intersolar 2012 and you're invited--Join us!

California leads nation in green-tech venture capital funding
California companies received $2.8 billion of the $4.9 billion raised by the sector nationwide last year. Massachusetts was a distant second with $465.1 million.

New Solar ABCs report asseses rate impact on net energy metering
A new report from the Solar America Board for Codes and Standards (Solar ABCs) presents a comprehensive analysis of the impact of net metered solar facilities on non-participating customers' utility rates.

Nothern California Solar Events

NorCal Solar Networking Event!--
March 13, Oakland, CA: Come on down to Spice Monkey Cafe to chat with area solar professionals, and connect to with new NorCal Solar staff! $10 for non-members, free for members!

FREE Photovoltaics Online Summit 2012-- March 7, Webinar, learn about competative manufacturing in the US in this complementary webinar from experts in the field!

Green Career Exploration Fair--March 16, Berkeley, CA. Reach over 300 high school students with exciting information about your company!

EmPowering the World with Renewable Energy– annual American Solar Energy Society conference, this year paired with the World Renewable Energy Forum – May 13-17, Colorado Convention Center, Denver.

Stay informed on solar events--visit our events page frequently!
Check for related events with the Berkeley Ecology CenterSolar Sonoma County Self-Sustaining CommunitiesBay Area Climate Collaborative

Solar Jobs and Course Announcements

Solar Market Intelligence and Strategy Director
GCL Solar Energy is looking for a savvy Solar Market Director. The Director is responsible for leading Solar Power Generation Markets Click Here to apply.

Online Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Energy Systems Design
Learn the basics of solar photovoltaic power systems for residential and commercial use, as well as solar system physics and technology, design and implementation.
Click Here For More Courses from the UC Davis Extension!

Green Jobs from the American Solar Energy Society

Fourth Edition of the Solar Homes Partnership Guidebook from the California Energy Commission

We have been a proud ASES Logo_0 2chapter of the American Solar Energy Association since 1975


Thanks to Our Sponsors!

  Quickmount      Intersolar              Solar Universe           PGE_Logo

         Redwood Alliance LOGO 2          Backwoods Solar              American Solar


Thanks to Our Partners!

Bay Area Climate Collaborative        Solar Sonoma County        Self Sustaining Communities
For More Information:   510-705-8813   * www.norcalsolar.org  * info@norcalsolar.org

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