Saturday, January 31, 2009

Team Project Meeting - 2009-02


Great work this month and lots to share during our upcoming meeting...:

Date February 10th
Time 7:00 pm
Where Saturn of Santa Clarita Meeting Room 2nd Floor (Free)
Getting This Project to the Next Step: (Priceless!)

RSVP: Call into Leah Pollack 661-309-3195

Preliminary Agenda (to include, but not be limited to)
Last Meeting Review
Events Attended Review
Tech Update
HOA Mtg Prep/Dress Rehearsal (1st up Stevenson Ranch!)
Next Steps
Q&A Throughout

Team, see you then!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

EVENT POSTING: Go Green Expo - LA Convention Center

There will be a "Go Green Expo" at the Los Angeles Convention Center this weekend!!!

January 23, 24 and 25.
Hours of operation are: Fri 10a - 5p, Sat 10a - 6p Sun 10a - 5p
Please visit the website -

Anyone able to make it?

Team, please keep the information flowing in and we will post to share. Once again thank you for all your good works on the 'SCV Off the Grid' Project. We look forward to your continued input and participation.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Knowledgeshare and Resource List* Follow-up

Team, We continue to gain momentum in this project. As a follow-up here is the current Knowledgeshare and Resource List(*SEE NOTE) as of this posting. We will append as we move forward.

Contributor: Drew Neumann
To learn more about Drew please visit

Knowledgeshare and Resource List*


Solar Suppliers
A very comprehensive list is here: Solar Supplies List

Another good list, but without links to manufacturers:
Another Solar Suppliers List

Comment: Of these, the leaders in the US include BP, Sharp Solar (nice panels that come in shapes to conform to rooflines), Mitsubishi, Siemens, First Solar, Kyocera, and GE.

Inverter Manufacturers: List of Inverter Manufacturers

Comment: The Inverter is the part that converts the DC from your panels to useable AC. Look through the list for Grid Tied inverters. Installers usually suggest a particular preferred brand in their installations.

Click Here to Learn: How It Works

Installers Best in Breed-SCV*
Main Page: Solar by Zips

Here are the Quick Links to some SCV Zip Codes:
91351, 91387, 91355, 91321

Comment: I found this excellent website that lists who installed what and where in the SCV. Advanced Solar appears to be one of the more popular choices here.
You can go to the home page and type in other zip codes as well. It isn't perfect (some of their grid tied provider listings are wrong) but it is very helpful.
If you click on the company names it links to a fairly complete list for that installer--prices, location, panels used, and inverters used.

One industry leader: Bergey Windpower

Comment: Though in its infancy for home installation, there are companies developing products for smaller installations. Wind Turbines would be working quite well today!

We are grateful for Drew's good works on this list!

Contributor: Drew Neumann
To learn more about Drew please visit

Team, keep the feedback coming! We truly appreciate all of your good works in making this an exciting and possible project for the Santa Clarita Valley.

ALWAYS read the fine print: Information provided and Links to external sites are provided for reference only. We is defined as all of us who participate in the project or who might join the project now and forever. We do not warrant the accuracy of information provide in this or any other posting or the information found on these linked sites. Please consult internal references when questions arise. In addition, it may be that someone on or related to this project may have worked with some of these resources. However, none of the people on the listing above work for us, and we have no control over their practices. Therefore, neither we nor any of our associates (personal, professional, social, related or unrelated), are responsible for their recommendations, actions or non-actions. Be sure to check them out to the extent you feel necessary.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Team Meeting Round-up

(2009-01-06) The "SCV off the Grid" team kicked off 2009 with a productive meeting filled with community spirit as well as practical and tactical next steps.

Over the next few weeks we will be working on our 'Talking Points' Presentation to share with the communities throughout the Santa Clarita Valley. We will publish our presentation for your viewing pleasure as well as have the calendar of our 'Roadshow' available for you to find a calendar match and come out and meet members of the group.

We are working on aggregating helpful information as well as a "Best-in-Breed" vendor list of local and near local vendors that you can contact to evaluate your own Environmental Friendly Project. So stay tuned!

We will also post local, regional, state Eco-Info Events, trade shows, and the like.

  • Do you use links to be 'in-the-know' when it comes to Eco-Events? Share them with us
  • Do you know about an Eco-event in the area?

Email us Today! Ensure to include:

  • Your name
  • Eco-event name
  • Dates
  • Times
  • Vendor/booth contact (if known)
  • Comments: why you like the event, what you are going there for, and/or what you recommend people do or see.

We will post our next meeting time when the venue is confirmed. We are looking for a community room that can seat 8-15 people.

Team, we truly appreciate your continued support of this project and the Sustainability of the Santa Clarita Valley. We will keep you posted as progress develops.