Free Public Solar Energy Workshop

Solar photovoltaic manufacturer SunPower will host a free public workshop on solar electricity for commercial and residential sites on Saturday, November 6 at 1:00 p.m., featuring speakers from Horizon Energy Systems, REgrid Power and SunPower. Co-sponsored by the Loma Prieta Chapter of the Sierra Club, this workshop will provide an overview of leading photovoltaic (PV) systems, highlight the financial benefits with case studies and discuss the environmental impact of solar-electric systems.

“The user base of solar electric systems is evolving and becoming more mainstream,” said Peter Aschenbrenner of SunPower. “In the early days, unsightly solar panels used to be sort of a ‘badge of honor’ for early adopters. Now people are more interested in aesthetics. This workshop will show that today’s leading solar-electric systems are not only more attractive, but much more efficient as well, making them a very compelling value proposition.” Aschenbrenner is the vice president of sales and marketing at SunPower. Prior to joining the company in 2003, Aschenbrenner was senior vice president of Global Operations at AstroPower, where he managed a commercial team that helped grow the company from market entry to a top-five PV industry player over a nine-year period. Aschenbrenner was instrumental in AstroPower’s three public offerings and led the acquisition of Atersa, the company’s European subsidiary. With 25 years of solar industry experience, Mr. Aschenbrenner has also held management positions at Siemens Solar, PV Electric GmbH, and ARCO Solar. Andy J. Black, a sales engineer for Regrid Power, a solar electric design and installation firm, will speak at the workshop. Black specializes in the financial payback of solar electric systems. Black received his bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from Penn State University and a masters degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California. Mr. Black is a board member and treasurer for the NorCal Solar Energy Association and a board member of the American Solar Energy Society. Kurt Newick, who works in sales and installation at Horizon Energy Systems, will also speak. Newick is the founder and chairman of the Global Warming & Energy Committee for the Loma Prieta Chapter of the Sierra Club. Mr. Newick lives in a solar electric home with self-installed solar-radiant heat and solar hot water systems. The solar workshop will be held in the Building 6 auditorium of the Cypress Semiconductor (parent company of SunPower Corp.) campus at 198 Champion Court in San Jose, Calif. To register, please email kurtnewick@yahoo.com or call (408) 370-9636. For directions to Cypress headquarters, please visit the company’s link below.
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