Prepare for Power outages at Home Energy Storage Workshop
Community Environmental Council (CEC) and the City of Santa Barbara present a free Home Energy Storage Workshop to help Santa Barbara homeowners understand the ins and outs of pairing solar power with battery storage.
When: Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Where: Santa Barbara Public Library - Faulkner Gallery, 40 E. Anapamu St., Santa Barbara, CA.
Led by CEC, the free workshop will provide the community an opportunity to gather and discuss power backup options in the face of imminent widespread “public safety power shutoffs" (PSPS).
“Thousands of people lost electricity in Northern California last week, and Southern California Edison announced thousands more in Santa Barbara will face the same threat this week. With the prospect of long term power outages, we have seen a big uptick in energy storage inquiries,” stated April Price, CEC’s Renewable Energy Program Manager. “We want to help people see that generators aren’t the only option; solar-paired batteries are a safe, easy-to-use power backup solution.”
Former head of Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management Rob Lewin will attend to speak to the importance of energy resilience in Southern Santa Barbara County. Lewin stated, "Whether due to climate change-induced disasters or public safety power shutoffs, our electrical grid is vulnerable. Now is the time to create clean, reliable back-up power supplies to protect our families, our businesses, and our communities.”
CEC has partnered with various Central Coast cities, nonprofits, and solar companies since 2001 to offer Solarize programs. These programs provide a streamlined purchasing process and group-purchasing discounts. In that time, the programs have helped 776 homeowners go solar. In the last two years, battery storage options have been available in response to community demand.
At the November 13 workshop, participants will gain insight into the technical, financial, and safety considerations of tying batteries to solar energy as a backup power source. The first hour will feature a series of speakers from public utilities, nonprofits, energy storage companies, and the City of Santa Barbara. Afterward, homeowners can enjoy light snacks during a mixer where local energy companies will answer questions about products and services.
The free workshop is sponsored by the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator, in partnership with the Community Environmental Council, City of Santa Barbara, Central Coast Green Building Council, Institute for Energy Efficiency, Southern California Edison, and the South Coast Energy Efficiency Partnership.
More information and event registration is available at: https://www.cecsb.org/event/