Solar Sebastopol - Past Events

Note: We leave announcements for past events on the web site as a record of our activities and for your information.

Nov. 21, 2006, 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Stephen Ingrouille, Australian Solar Designer

Solar Sebastopol and the City of Sebastopol will host a presentation by Australian solar consultant Stephen Ingrouille Tuesday, Nov. 21, 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. preceding the City Council meeting.  The talk will be held at the Sebastopol City Hall, 7120 Bodega Ave. next to the library.

Stephen Ingrouille has been working in the sustainability industry since 1976. He is the proprietor of Going Solar, a leading Australian renewable firm, and has founded a number of environment-focused community organizations. One such initiative is the Sustainable Living Foundation whose festival attracts 120,000 people to Melbourne each year. In 2004, he was a finalist in two categories of the Banksia Environmental Awards: Australians Working for a Sustainable Future and the Prime Minister’s Environmentalist of the Year. In August 2006 he won the Melbourne Award which recognized thirty years of Contribution to Environment.

Stephen specializes in sustainable design, renewable energy and sustainable transport options for a wide range of applications. 

Throughout November 2006 Stephen is delivering a series of workshop presentations on the West Coast of North America. The presentation includes a series of images depicting various sustainable buildings and renewable energy systems in Australia. It covers passive building design, photovoltaics (including building integrated PV) and solar hot water for domestic, community and commercial buildings.

Admission is free. Questions about the evening: 823-1153.

October 14, 2006
Steven Strong

Steven Strong bio and presentation summary

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"There are six people whom I'd go anywhere to hear within 150 miles at the drop of a hat: Anthony Bernheim, Bill McDonnough, Bob Berkobile, Paul Hawken, Steven Strong, and Amory or Hunter Lovins."

~ Arthur Young, Special Projects Editor, Green Building News

World Famous Solar Designer to Speak in Sebastopol 

Solar Sebastopol will be sponsoring Steven Strong, internationally renowned solar architect and designer, at the Sebastopol Masonic Lodge, 373 N. Main Street, on Saturday night, October 14, 7:00 to 9:30 p.m.  The event is part of Solar Sebastopol’s ongoing speaker series.  A $5 to $15 donation is requested to help cover costs.

Steven will present a highly visual world overview of Solar Electric Architecture using the best-built examples of solar-powered residences and commercial-scale buildings from Europe, Japan and the US.  These early PV-powered buildings provide a window into the coming new era of environmentally responsive, energy-producing buildings where this elegant, life-affirming technology will become commonplace as an integral part of the built environment. The presentation weaves in the importance of addressing peak oil, global warming and the war in Iraq as they relate to our energy use.

Strong’s presentation, Sunlight is Life – The Path to a Sustainable Future, weaves technology, politics and social policy together with humor and compelling graphics to clearly demonstrate that the end of the era of cheap oil is upon us, that renewable energy is ready here and now and, to help define the path to a sustainable future in the post-petroleum world.

In the spring of 1999, TIME magazine named Strong an ‘Environmental Hero of the Planet’. In the spring of 2001, the American Solar Energy Society honored him with its Charles Greeley Abbot award - for lifetime achievement in advancing solar energy. In the spring of 2003, the Audubon Society named him its ‘Environmental Entrepreneur of the Year’.  

In the summer of 2002, Steven designed and oversaw the installation of three solar energy systems at the White House in Washington, DC.  He has recently completed the design and oversaw the installation of a new ‘solar skin’ for the US Mission to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.

According to Strong, “The last two decades have brought significant changes to the design profession.  In the wake of traumatic escalations in energy prices, shortages, embargoes and war along with heightened concerns over pollution, environmental degradation, climate change and resource depletion, awareness of the environmental impact of our work as design professionals has dramatically increased. 

The built environment is responsible for a large percentage of energy consumption and architects are responsible for a large percentage of the built environment.

Lillis Business Complex, University of Oregon

The checkered glass wall that floods the space with daylight also helps to power the building.

The south-facing entryway is clad with one of the largest solar glass curtain walls in the Northwest. More than 2,200 15.2x20.32-cm solar arrays are sandwiched between two panes of glass to collect solar energy while also shading the atrium space.

Architects and engineers with vision have come to understand it is no longer the goal of good design to simply create a building that's aesthetically pleasing - buildings must be environmentally responsive as well.   Rather then merely using a little less non-renewable fuels and creating less pollution, buildings of the 21st century will rely on renewable resources to produce some and, eventually, all of their own energy. 

One of the most promising renewable energy technologies is photovoltaics.  Photovoltaics (PV) is a truly elegant means of producing electricity on site, directly from the sun, without concern for energy supply or environmental harm.    These solid-state devices simply make electricity out of sunlight, silently with no maintenance, no pollution and no depletion of materials.

There is a growing consensus that distributed photovoltaic systems that provide electricity at the point of use will be the first to reach widespread commercialization.  Chief among these distributed applications are PV power systems for individual buildings.”

To learn more about Steven Strong, President of Solar Design Associates, Inc., visit his web site at: www.solardesign.com.

Sept. 7, 2006
Solar for Realtors and Lenders

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Financial Benefits

How to Go Solar

Myths and Realities

Residential Solar Payback

Solar Sebastopol announces a workshop on solar energy geared for realtors and lenders! Information and discussion on:
Solar Photovoltaic installations - benefits and financial incentives
Borrowing/lending for solar
Appraisal of homes and businesses with solar PV installations

Thursday, Sept. 7, 4:00 to 6:30 at Sushi Tozai in Sebastopol. $20/person.
Attendance is limited to 35 people, so RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED.

Reserve with an email to: MartyR@sonic.net.
To assure your space, send a check ($20/person) payable to "City of Sebastopol - Solar Sebastopol" to:
Solar Sebastopol workshop
7120 Bodega Avenue
Sebastopol, CA 95472

Speakers include:
Pete Blair, Solar Sebastopol and Solar Works
Curt Thor, North Bay Real Estate Appraisals
Cary Fargo, Prudential CA Realty
Tony Shira, Exchange Bank

Panel followed by Japanese style appetizers, a no host bar and information and discussion with our local solar vendor members and speakers.

June 2, 3, 4, 2006

(and hopefully longer. Check: www.rialtocinemas.com
to find out)

"An Inconvenient Truth" now at many local theaters

Be sure you don't miss “An Inconvenient Truth,” a documentary featuring Al Gore’s passionate crusade to get our country to understand the threat of global warming and to take action to address it.

The film was a hit at the Sundance Film Festival and Newsweek ranked it #5 out of the 15 must see movies of the summer. Gore is funny, incisive and compelling in bringing out the facts about what he refers to as “our planetary emergency.” This film offers the best opportunity we’ve ever had to capture the immediate attention of all Americans and move this country forward quickly to stop global warming. While the problem is urgent, the solutions are clear, and with American ingenuity, leadership, and local action we can avoid the worst effects of the climate crisis and create a positive, sustainable future for all the world’s children. Let’s work together to make this movie a success, and turn the audience interest into action.

One easy way to get involved is to buy a ticket and bring a friend to see the movie. Then help spread the word. The more people go see this movie, the more theaters will pick it up. Watch the movie trailer here!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUiP6dqPynE

Read the New York Times review of the movie:

http://movies2.nytimes.com/2006/05/24/movies/24trut.html

For more information on local showings contact the Rialto Cinemas Lakeside 707-539-9771 at 551 Summerfield Road, Santa Rosa or your local theater.

OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP

*Forward this web site to everyone in your address book.
* Tell your coworkers, book clubs, teachers, classmates, dinner party guests, neighbors, church groups, and relatives.
* Organize a group to go (Call the Paramount Group Sales office at 323-956-8896).
* Sponsor your office or company to see the film. Sponsor a school, sponsor a science class, sponsor a youth club.
* Take someone who you don't think would be interested in going.
* Host post-viewing "Take Action" parties.
* Blog about the movie in advance, and after you’ve seen it with your reactions.

Feb. 22, 2006
4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy:

An informational workshop for real estate agents and mortgage brokers

Wednesday, February 22, 2006, 4:00 to 6:00 PM
Sushi Tozai
7531 Healdsburg Ave, Sebastopol, CA

A transfer of ownership is a good time to evaluate energy conservation and energy production issues for the home. Speakers from the Climate Protection Campaign, Solar Sebastopol, GeoPraxis, and local mortgage brokerages will discuss programs available to homeowners and explain what is involved in evaluating and financing these measures.

Informational materials will be available for attendees.
Appetizers will be served with a no-host bar for the discussion portion of the event.
RSVP Jessica: 237-2696 or Marty: MartyR@sonic.net
$10-20 Donation Requested
Sponsored by the Cool Agents Alliance and Solar Sebastopol.

Read the Santa Rosa Press Democrat article

March 9, 2006
7:00 p.m.

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Film showing at the Rialto Cinemas Lakeside, Santa Rosa.
7:00 p.m. Film followed by speakers:
David Kennard, Producer, director and co-writer of the film.
Solar energy experts to answer your "how do I go solar" questions.

The film showing is a fundraiser for Solar Sebastopol, a local first-of-its-kind program to encourage events.html more solar energy on residential, business, and public properties in Sebastopol and beyond. Their goal is to install 1 megawatt of solar power production in Sebastopol and to spread the word about the benefits of solar energy throughout northern California. 

Walter Kohn and Alan Heeger, both Nobel laureates, are the executive producers for the film, with a boost from actor John Cleese as narrator. Designed to commemorate the centennial of Albert Einstein’s discovery of the photon, the film outlines the history of solar energy. It also describes the bright future for solar power, including large solar systems built in Camarillo and solar-powered cooling packs that can safely transport medicine on the back of a camel.

Kennard’s job was largely to make the technical aspects of the nature of light and solar power palatable to a general audience. Among Kennard’s credits are documentary series “The Ascent of Man” and “Cosmos.” He also previously teamed up with Cleese for a Food Network special, “John Cleese’s Wine for the Confused.”

Heeger says the message of the film is simple. “Solar energy is a major opportunity for us. We as a planet, we as a country, we as a civilization are facing a big problem: It’s called energy. We have been burning fossil fuels for the last 100 years. It’s going to run out. We’ve got to find alternatives.”

Admission to the film showing and discussion is $8, and $6 for seniors and children.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. on March 9.  Rialto Cinemas Lakeside is located at 551 Summerfield Rd. in Santa Rosa. www.rialtocinemas.com

Advance tickets can be purchased at the Rialto, but no credit cards or phone sales. 

For more information, email:  info@solarsebastopol.com.

April 17, 2005

Sebastopol Farm Market, 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., Sebastopol Downtown Plaza.

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David Hochschild of VoteSolar.org at Masonic Bldg., 373 North Main Street, Sebastopol (across from SAfeway)
7:00 p.m.

FREE admission – donations accepted. Bring your PG&E bill! 

David Hochschild of VoteSolar.org will be the keynote speaker at Solar Sebastopol’s May 26 educational event at the Sebastopol Masonic Lodge. Hochschild, Director of Policy for the Vote Solar Initiative, will give a presentation on the largest solar energy legislation ever introduced in the United States - the California Million Solar Roofs bill (SB1) and what its passage could mean for the future of solar energy and the fight against global warming. 

After working on the team that put together the San Francisco solar bond, David left his job in the San Francisco Mayor's Office in August 2001 and has now co-founded the Vote Solar Initiative. The Vote Solar Initiative's mission is to promote a national transition to clean energy by empowering city governments to implement large-scale, cost-effective solar projects. David will speak about the future of Solar Photovoltaics (PV) and why it is so critical that we do it now.  He will update us on the pending state legislation that will put California at the forefront of solar energy production. 

A panel of local homeowners and businesses who have installed solar PV will be on hand to talk about their experience of installing and living with solar energy.  Questions will be entertained from the audience.

Solar Sebastopol business members will have information tables and people to answer your specific questions about installing solar PV on your home or business.  Members include: Cooperative Community Energy, Solar Works,  Alternative Power Systems, Affinity Energy,  North Coast Solar Resources, Sebastopol Heat & Cool, and Harmony Farm Supply. 

The Climate Protection Campaign, a non-profit working with local municipalities, businesses, and schools to reduce greenhouse gas emissions causing climate change, will also have an information table.  The Campaign’s mission is to create a positive future for our children by inspiring action in response to the climate crisis. 

The Sonoma County Transportation & Land-use Coalition table will explain how transportation in the North Bay can become more energy efficient by strengthening transit alternatives and shifting land use practices to encourage more walking and bicycling, thereby reducing dependence on the automobile.

New College of California will have an information table as well. Their Santa Rosa campus links higher education to the creation of a more just and sustainable world. The North Bay campus was created to look specifically at the ecological crisis, and the alternatives in energy, housing, agriculture, technology, healing – at all the ways we sustain ourselves – to transform that crisis.  Students doing their BA or MA degrees can do their concentration in solar and other forms of energy technology that are renewable and good for our planet and people.    

July 7, 2005

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Building Inspector Training

Presented by Solar Sebastopol and cosponsored by the City of Sebastopol and the City of Santa Rosa

July 17, 2005

Sebastopol Farm Market, 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., Sebastopol Downtown Plaza.

August 9, 2005 – Solar Speaker Series

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Richard Heinberg at Sebastopol Vets Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.   

Solar Sebastopol will host Richard Heinberg at its ongoing speaker series on Tuesday, Aug. 9 at 7:00 p.m. The event will be at the Sebastopol Veterans Auditorium on High Street.  As part of our ongoing work to encourage installation of solar PV in our community, this event will help make the case for doing it now! 

The world is nearing the inevitable peaking of oil production, which means that soon oil prices will skyrocket and economic havoc will follow. There are many things we can do to prepare--personally, locally, nationally, and internationally. Heinberg, who is widely acknowledged as America's foremost Peak Oil educator, will discuss startling new developments in the field and explore what can be done here in Sonoma County to mitigate the likely impacts. 

Solar Sebastopol business members will have information tables and people to answer your questions about installing solar PV on your home or business.  Members include: Cooperative Community Energy, Solar Works, Alternative Power Systems, Affinity Energy,  North Coast Solar Resources, Sebastopol Heat & Cool, and Harmony Farm Supply. 

Other community groups will have information booths including the Sebastopol Chamber of Commerce, New College of Santa Rosa, Sonoma County Transportation & Land-use Coalition, the Sonoma County Waste Management Agency and others to be announced.

Heinberg is a journalist, educator, editor, lecturer, and musician. He has lectured widely, appearing on national radio and television in five countries.  He is author of (among others):

The Party's Over: Oil, War and the Fate of Industrial Societies  and

Powerdown: Options and Actions for a Post-Carbon World

 “As Richard Heinberg makes shockingly clear in this extraordinarily well-researched and -written book, our way of life will soon change dramatically, as oil production and reserves both begin to decline. He also makes clear that our actions now will strongly affect what is left of the world when this shift away from oil takes place.”

- Derrick Jensen, author of A Language Older than Words and The Culture of Make Believe

Oct. 21, 2005 -Steven J. Strong

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Steven Strong bio and presentation summary

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7:00 pm, Seb. Community Ctr., 390 Morris Street

Free admission, donations appreciated

Steven Strong is president of Solar Design Associates, Inc., a group of Architects and Engineers dedicated to the design of environmentally responsive buildings, and the engineering and integration of renewable energy systems which incorporate the latest in innovative technology.

In the spring of 1999, TIME magazine named Strong an 'Environmental Hero of the Planet'. In the spring of 2001, the American Solar Energy Society honored him with its Charles Greeley Abbot award - for lifetime achievement in advancing solar energy. In the spring of 2003, the Audubon Society named him its 'Environmental Entrepreneur of the Year'. etc, etc, etc

He also designed the solar PV system installed on the White House.

His presentation - Sunlight is Life - weaves technology, politics and social policy together with humor and compelling graphics to clearly demonstrate that the end of the era of cheap oil is upon us, that renewable energy is ready here and now and, to help define the path to a sustainable future in the post-petroleum (peak oil) world.

Solar Sebastopol Fair and Celebration

Booth Information -

We will be offering booth space at some of our events. Related nonprofit groups can request a booth for a fee of $25 to $50. Businesses can qualify for a booth by becoming a member of Solar Sebastopol. Visit our Membership page for details.

Solar Vendor Members receive free booth space at our events. If you would like information on how to become a participating vendor, click here.

For booth information, email info@solarsebastopol.com.