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Join Cal-Solar for a Step by Step Introduction to planning and implementing an off-grid residential solar system. California Solar Electric Company is often asked many questions about designing, installing and operating off grid solar systems. In response to this, we are offering a two-day workshop on planning and implementing an off grid residential solar system on October 15 and 16, 2016 at our 149 Main Street facility in Grass Valley. Workshop hours are from 9am to 3pm on Saturday and from 10 am to 1pm on Sunday. Registration is $150 and space is limited. Pre-register and save your space with a $50 deposit today by calling (530) 274-3671. This Off-Grid Workshop provides an introduction to system design and maintenance. Attendees will leave with a solid understanding of the factors of design, as well as ongoing maintenance of off grid power stations. Take your power back—learn how to use the sun’s energy to go off-grid.
  California Solar Electric Company is featured on this season’s cover of BriarPatch Coop’s publication, The Vine. We appreciate working with BriarPatch, building their new photovoltaic solar energy system. It is a great match of cooperative values, community resources and sustainability. Included here are a few excerpts from the article that explain a bit more about the process we are engaged in as we examine the possibility of becoming a worker-owned cooperative. From The Vine:
Cooperatives are enterprises that are owned, controlled, and operated for the benefit of the members, and are democratically governed on the principle of one member, one vote. In a consumer cooperative like BriarPatch, the voting members are the people who buy the goods from the business. A worker cooperative’s members are the people who work in the co-op, and are referred to as worker-owners.
Construction on the BriarPatch Co-op parking and solar project began May 19, 2016. Hats off to BriarPatch for being a community leader in environmental responsibility! The cooperatively-owned grocery store is installing an innovative 680-panel, 469,000-kilowatt photovoltaic solar array to run along the center of an expanded parking lot. It will be the largest such solar array in Nevada County.
  The Union recently prepared an informative article on solar rates, local solar contractors and why it matters on many levels to check in with a local contractor, even just for a second bid on your solar installation.
PG&E has extended the deadline for customers to change their solar energy rate plan to May 31, 2016. If you are considering installing a solar system in 2016, contact California Solar immediately and lock in the best possible rates for your renewable energy. Making this rate plan change could save you 20% or more
California Solar Electric Company hosted a group of delegates visiting from Turkmenistan in conjunction with University of Nevada’s Northern Nevada International Center Visitor Exchange Program (NNIC). The guests are seeking new energy solutions for both urban and rural areas of Turkmenistan.

Adding Solar to your Construction or Remodel Project, Plus, Get Up to Date on New PG&E Policies

California Solar Electric Company is offering a free lecture to help homeowners, architects and builders learn how to plan for solar as part of your building project and also how to make retrofitting solar easy.
Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supply’s Grass Valley retail location is installing a commercial-scale solar system. The new system was designed by California Solar Electric Company, who will also handle the installation. “We are committed to sustainability and after a thorough evaluation, have selected California Solar as the right partner