2009.029 . Sustainable Energy
Steve and I visited the California Center for Sustainable Energy for a free lunch and an informational seminar about electricity rate structure and photovoltaic systems. It was my first time at CCSE and I want to go back, not only because my camera battery failed after just this one shot, but also because they have all sorts of good information there and this cool room full of energy saving tips, devices, and demonstrations. I didn't even stay long enough to figure out what this patchwork mannequin was all about... something to do with recycling or junk mail, I think. The main thing we learned was that, while installing solar electricity isn't quite as fair as we'd like it to be (SDG&E won't buy all the electricity we could produce when we send it back to the grid - they'd just take it for free), it's still quite a good investment, with at least a 9% rate of return - higher when energy costs rise - and something that's better done sooner than later because incentives are dropping away as more people get on the solar bandwagon.
Well, anyway, I was pretty impressed. The CCSE is a nonprofit organization that's all about free workshops, rebate programs, free shade trees, outreach, and public education. Nice. www.sdenergy.org/