CSUB to host solar energy conference

January 27, 2009
Kathy Miller, 661/654-2456, kmiller26@csub.edu or
Michele Newel, 661/654-2720, mnewell1@csub.edu

Area school district representatives will join California State University, Bakersfield on Feb. 10 at 8 a.m. for a daylong Solar Energy Conference to be held in the Multipurpose Room of the CSUB Student Union.

"The conference will bring the community together with experts in renewable energy to help them get involved in solar projects," said Louis Wildman, education professor and conference organizer. "In Kern County the sun is our strength and the solar industry can provide a potential source of income and opportunity for lower energy bills for local schools willing to provide sites for solar panels."

The conference will provide school districts with information about ways to reduce energy costs through solar energy. CSUB's public-private partnership with SunEdison to build a $9.5 million solar construction project on campus is one successful example. The solar photovoltaic power generation project, slated for construction this summer, will produce approximately 30 percent of CSUB's electrical energy.

Attendees will hear from energy experts with the National Renewable Energy Lab, PG&E, California's General Services Green team, CSU Fresno and CSU Northridge.

School districts interested in attending may contact Wildman at (661) 654-3047 for full details.