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Giffords' office to hold solar power workshop

Leasing rooftop systems an option for those interested in renewable energy

Homeowners and businessowners interested in the benefits of solar energy will have the chance to learn about leasing rooftop systems at a workshop presented by U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' office Thursday.

Giffords' 53rd Solar 101 will focus on the potential risks and benefits of leasing solar photovoltaic systems, “which make up about 90 percent of all new rooftop solar systems,” said Giffords' spokesman Mark Kimble in a press release.

Giffords also has solar panels on her home and has been a longtime supporter of Tucson as a hub for solar power, Kimble said.

Giffords, a member of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, was able to obtain a $1.45 billion federal loan guarantee that made possible the construction of Arizona’s largest solar power plant near Gila Bend, Kimble said.

The Solana Generating Station is expected to create 1,600 construction jobs and will provide power for 70,000 homes, Kimble said in the release.

Those who plan on attending the workshop can RSVP by contacting RSVPsolar@mail.house.gov or at 881-3588.

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Solar panels are installed on a building's roof.

Speakers

  • Thomas Alston, solar outreach and policy coordinator for Giffords' office, who will give an overview of solar basics.
  •  Marc Romitio, renewable energy supervisor for Tucson Electric Power Co., who will discuss the do's and don'ts of solar leases.
  • Ryan Hurley, vice president of the Arizona Solar Energy Industries Association and an attorney and partner with Rose Law Group focusing on solar issues, who will give an overview of lease options for commercial and residential solar.

If you go

  • What: U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ office 53rd Solar 101 workshop
  • When: Thursday, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Martha Cooper Branch Library, 1377 N. Catalina Ave.