San Diego-Area Businesses Invited to Attend April 5 Seminar on Solar Electric Power Systems

San Diego Regional Energy Office urges business owners to take advantageof latest advances in solar energy solutions

03/25/04

SAN DIEGO, CALIF. (March 25, 2004) – In collaboration with the San Diego Regional Energy Office (SDREO), the Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana (JSSDT) will present a renewable energy seminar, "A Photovoltaic (PV) Workshop for Businesses in San Diego," Monday, April 5, 2004, from 9:00 a.m. to noon, at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in Kearny Mesa, 8110 Aero Drive. Sponsored by Kyocera Solar, Inc., the event will explore recent developments in solar energy technology and subsidy/rebate programs that are making solar electricity a viable energy solution for commercial facilities throughout the area.  Admission is free to JSSDT members and open to non-members for a fee of $10, payable on-site.

The workshop will open with an analysis by Scott Anders, SDREO's Director of Policy and Planning, outlining San Diego's vision for solar energy and its progressive incentive programs. Troy Stand, CEO of Independent Energy Solutions, a San Marcos-based PV installer, will discuss the technical aspects of solar electricity and installation. The workshop will also feature financial case studies to illustrate solar energy feasibility, followed by a question-and-answer session.

"This workshop will show San Diego's leading businesses how they can tap into the sun to meet their energy needs," Anders stated. "Solar energy holds great promise for power generation, job creation and energy independence, and the San Diego Regional Energy Office is committed to bringing affordable solar energy into our area."   A complimentary full breakfast will be provided. Seating is limited; to guarantee space, please RSVP early by calling JSSDT at 619-233-6873.

The Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana (www.japan-society.org) strives to promote goodwill and advance business, civic, educational and cultural interchange between Japan, San Diego and Tijuana. Japan leads the world in the deployment of solar PV systems, according to industry research firm Solarbuzz (www.solarbuzz.com), with 219 megawatts of solar electric generating capacity installed nationwide in 2003.

The San Diego Regional Energy Office (www.sdenergy.org) is an independent, public-benefit, non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation that provides objective information, research, analysis and long-term planning on energy issues for the San Diego region. SDREO serves as a critical link between consumers and government and is currently managing over $30 million in public funds through a variety of rebate, incentive and education programs. SDREO also operates the San Diego Energy Resource Center -- a reference, training and demonstration facility for energy education and technologies.

Kyocera Solar, Inc. (www.kyocerasolar.com) is a world-leading supplier of environmentally sound, solar electric energy solutions. With operating headquarters in Scottsdale, Ariz., and regional sales centers in Brazil and Australia, Kyocera Solar, Inc. serves thousands of customers in both developed and developing regions. The company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kyocera International, Inc. of San Diego, the North American headquarters and holding company for Kyoto, Japan-based Kyocera Corporation.