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Solar Power Convention is Free to the Public Tonight

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The largest B2B Solar Power get together lights up the Convention Center this week and it's not just for engineering geeks, policy wonks, and solar contraptioneers. From 5:30-8:30 tonight, the entire event and exhibit hall opens to the general public for free and it should be worth taking advantage of whether you're curious about the latest solar-powered gadgets or just want the down-low on the latest renewable energy trends and policies.

All around us, Angelenos are saying things like: no to coal and oil, vote solar and solar the sign. We have a mayor who promised to have the city 20% powered by renewable energy sources by December (uh... how's the rollout going for citywide Wi-Fi by late 2009, Mayor Tony?). At least the feds are stepping up and funding massive solar energy facilities in our deserts to the east. Undoubtedly we'll be voting for more local and state legislation relating to clean and renewable energy in the near future. Here's an opportunity to learn about the alternatives up close.

The evening includes beginning workshops on solar electricity and solar water heating and other ways to save money and reduce our footprint at home. For more information including a list of the hundreds of exhibitors visit Solar Power International.

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