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For Immediate Release
October 07, 2019

Energy-Curious? Questions Answered October 26

San Rafael class on solar energy followed by Resiliency Fair, EV and E-bike event

San Rafael, CA – Should you go solar? Should you add battery storage if you do? A free community class October 26 in San Rafael will help answer those questions and more.

A roof above a home's garage has solar panels on it.Residents with questions about solar energy, battery storage, and other sustainable topics can get answers at events on October 26 in San Rafael.
The class, taught by the Pacific Gas & Electric Company’s (PG&E) Pacific Energy Center, will include information about how solar power works, what value batteries can add, the basic costs involved, and the predicted return on investment. There will be an opportunity to ask questions about PG&E’s Public Safety Power Shutoff program, too.

Many Marin residents have been investigating battery storage and generators to prepare for potential power shutoffs during the wildfire season. The class, co-hosted by the County of Marin Sustainability Team, will include details about available technologies in the marketplace.

Following the workshop, there will be a Resiliency Fair and Drive Clean Marin Electric Vehicle & E-Bike Ride and Drive Event. Visitors will be able to speak to experts from FIRESafe Marin, Cool the Earth, MCE Clean Energy, Resilient Neighborhoods, Electrify Marin, and more. It’s a chance to test drive new electric vehicles and speak with longtime EV owners. Refreshments will be provided.

The class will be at the Innovation Hub at Terra Linda High School, 320 Nova Albion Way, San Rafael, from 1:30-3 p.m. Welcomes and sign in will begin at 1 p.m. The Resiliency Fair and Electric Vehicle event is scheduled for 3-5:30 p.m., and refreshments will be provided after the workshop.

The events are sponsored by the Marin Energy Watch Partnership, a collaboration of the County of Marin and PG&E. Additional sponsors include the Marin School of Environmental Leadership and Drive Clean Marin.

The County of Marin Sustainability Team works to support healthy, safe and sustainable communities while preserving Marin’s environmental heritage. The team has developed programs to promote renewable energy, address climate change, encourage green building, recognize green businesses and implement energy efficiency projects in County schools, special districts and cities and towns. These policies and programs will ensure that Marin is healthy, vibrant and sustainable for many generations into the future. Learn more about sustainability programs for residents on the Sustainability Team’s webpage.


Kellen Dammann
Sustainability Team Technician
Community Development Agency

3501 Civic Center Drive
Suite 308
San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 473-2698
Email: Kellen Dammann
CDA Sustainability website