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East Bay Dinner: The Power of Solar

Date: Thursday, May 25, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM
Presented by: San Francisco Bay Chapter
Leader: Jane L Barrett - 510-845-8055
Location: Berkeley Yacht Club, Berkeley Marina, 1 Seawall Dr, Berkeley, CA 94710, USA

Thursday, May 25, no-host cocktails/social hour—6 pm, dinner—7:00, program—8:00, Berkeley Yacht Club on the Berkeley Marina, one block north of the west end of University Avenue (ample free park­ing is available in the Marina parking lots).

It is the best of times, it is the worst of times. It is the season of light and of darkness. How did Dickens know? Solar power is a powerful force on the planet today and a gift for our season of light, but it is often maligned, misunderstood, and miscalculated.

What IS solar power? Is it merely “cute” as Bill Gates said in 2011? Is the economic payback really 32 years as Candidate Trump claimed? Is it unreliable and expensive, as blogger Anthony Watts and many others have claimed?

No, no, and no! Come join us as local solar advocate Doug McKenzie leads us through the realities and the potential of solar power. From the giant solar plants in California deserts to residential solar systems on your neighbors’ roofs, learn where solar fits in the context of climate change, clean renewable energy, energy independence, and your monthly utility bill.

Doug retired early from HP after almost 20 years as a people, project, and program manager in software development and customer support. Before HP, he received a degree in Applied Math from UC Berkeley. After HP, he is living his dreams as a solar educator and consultant and as a career coach helping people through career transitions. He’s the East Bay development manager for non-profit solar installer and is on the Board of NorCal Solar. He teaches solar workshops for East Bay residents and is a member of many environmental organizations. He lives in Berkeley and drives an electric vehicle powered by rooftop solar.

Cost of dinner and program is $30, including tax and tip.  $10 for program only, starting at 8 p.m.  For a reservation, please send your check, payable to "Sierra Club," with your name, your telephone number, and the names of your guests, to:

Jane Barrett
170 Vicente Road
Berkeley, CA 94705
510 845-8055

Attendance is limited to the first 115 reservations received. Reserve early, as these programs do fill up. Reservation deadline is May 18.