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2017 Speaker Series
Topic: The PV Industry Matures:  What About Maintenance and Recycling?
When: March 21, 2017, 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Where: Energy Foundation, 301 Battery Street, 5th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111

The PV industry is no longer new or “alternative,” but is established and growing rapidly.  So now it’s time to focus on the issues of a mature industry, including maintenance and recycling (end of product life).  What do you do when your modules or inverters fail? Can you find products that match your older technology?  What happens when the millions of modules being installed reach their end of life?  What about toxic metals in manufacturing?  Come hear expert speakers and be part of the dialog on these and other important issues.

Food and drinks (including beer) will be provided. Admission is free to NorCal Solar Members who register in advance and ranges from $10 - $30 for non-members. A list of speakers will be announced soon.  
And Now Some News
On the local scene…
If you have an electric car, good news! Last month, PG&E launched a new $500 rebate for electric vehicle drivers. Also, stay tuned as mandatory solar on newly built roofs could be coming to all of California.

Solar in the larger context…
Despite our divisive political climate, the future of PV continues to looks promising. Over the past month, we have come across multiple articles celebrating 2017 as a turning point for solar—stating that solar is undercutting the costs of both wind and fossil fuels. However, others warn that calculating only generative costs can be misleading, and one cannot ignore the pesky problem of integration costs and storage.
One thing we can probably agree on is that the mass adaptation of solar cannot come soon enough. If you care to read on, here are some climate facts about the past year: it was the second hottest year on record in the US, and over the last year extreme weather and climate disasters cost U.S. communities $53 billion. Also, the US is supposed to experience ‘dangerous’ global warming effects 20 years before most other countries (this, of course, does not include the Solomon Islands where 5 small islands have already disappeared into the sea).
Speaking of solar…
There is going to be a total solar eclipse in August! It will be the first total solar eclipse visible from the continental United States in nearly four decades. Read when and where to watch it here.
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