Solar Day aims to educate on alternative energy 

City resident Addison Huegel co-founded Solar Day, an annual event that helps communities recognize and learn more about renewable energy. 

What is Solar Day? It’s based on the fact that there are so many rebates and incentives for solar these days. The idea is to have it [Saturday], the day before the summer solstice. It’s meant to be like Earth Day, except focused on renewable energy, from organic gardening to recycling. All the events are put on independently by cities and organizations.

What is planned for San Francisco? We’re holding an event at Dosa restaurant [Saturday], and that will highlight a solar installation they have there. It’s an example of how commercial businesses are taking advantage of solar installations. 

What do you hope attendees get out of the event? The idea is for consumers to learn more about what’s available and the benefits of going solar.

How mainstream has solar become for the average resident? I think there are quite a few opportunities now. San Francisco has a green-finance program and there are power-purchase agreements where you have solar put on your house and buy back the power from the installer. You will pay less than you do with utilities.

esherbert@sfexaminer.com

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