Join Solar 3.0 in San Francisco for Free Training to Reduce Solar Soft Costs

Friday, November 16, 2012
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (PT)
Pacific Energy Center
851 Howard St.
San Francisco, CA 94103

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If you work for a city, utility, company, or organization involved in permitting, interconnecting, selling, installing, inspecting, or financing residential and commercial solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, you are invited to attend “Solar 3.0 Free Training to Reduce Soft Costs.”  This  workshop  will  highlight  best practices and standards in the areas of solar permitting, installation, interconnection, and inspection. Presentations by experts from  solar, electrical, and  safety organizations, including  Bill McGovern from  the International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI)  and  Jeff Fecteau from Underwriters Laboratories (UL), will help you learn how make your local solar industry competitive.

“Solar 3.0 Free Training to Reduce Soft Costs” includes a session about the 2011 National Electrical Code and the 2012 International Fire Code, International Building Code, International Residential Code, and International Green Construction Code as they pertain to PV installations.  Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available.

The Solar 3.0 initiative focuses on reducing the cost of residential and commercial PV installations in the U.S. market.  The effort is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative.

At this session, you will receive:

  • Presentations and information from PV and electrical experts about innovations in PV installations, permitting, inspection, financing, and interconnection
  • Details on how Solar 3.0 can benefit your community
  • Results of a survey of 500+ building inspectors regarding U.S. solar installation trends
  • A free online solar training course covering inspection, installation, and permitting practices (with CEUs)
  • An introduction to, a clearinghouse for best practices and standards in solar PV
  • Advice about how to engage with the Solar 3.0 team

Frequently Asked Questions

1) Which organizations are managing and providing service to the Solar 3.0 program?

Sub-award contract holders and in-kind contributors  to the  Solar 3.0  program  include: Burnham Energy, East Bay Green Corridor, Rocky Mountain Institute, ICLEI–Local Governments for  Sustainability USA, IAEI, Mainstream Energy, OnGrid Solar, Sierra Club, Solar Electric Power Association, SolarNexus, Solar Sonoma County, SolarTech, SRA International, SunPower, UL, University of Missouri Law School, and Vote Solar.

2) How can I learn more about the event and the Solar 3.0 program?

Visit or e-mail

3) How much does it cost to attend, and do I need a ticket to get in?

The event is free of charge.  When you register, you will receive an electronic confirmation that you will need to print and bring with you to the event.

4) Can I bring a friend the day of the event?

The number of seats for this event is limited. If the event is not sold out, we will admit participants at the door.

5) Is there parking at the event?

There is parking near the Pacific Energy Center, either at the corner of 5th St. and Howard St., or at the 5th and Mission St. parking garage (on Mission St., between 4th St. and 5th St.).

6) Is there public transportation to the event?

San Francisco offers two primary public transportation options: BART and MUNI. To access the Pacific Energy Center, take either BART or MUNI to the Powell Street Station.  Look for 4th or 5th Street and travel two blocks south to Howard Street.  The Pacific Energy Center is located across the street at 851 Howard Street (between 4th and 5th Streets. For schedules and fare information, visit or  Taxi service is also available throughout the city.  The Pacific Energy Center can be accessed directly from San Francisco International Airport using BART.

7) Who is participating or who are your sponsors?

Presenters include professionals from IAEI, SolarTech, UL, and other organizations.  Attendees will include electrical inspectors, building officials, authorities having jurisdiction, and industry. Solar 3.0 is a program of the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative.

8) Is the venue handicap accessible?

The Pacific Energy Center is not ADA compliant, but most areas are wheelchair accessible.

9) Where is the event taking place?

The event will be held at the Pacific Energy Center, 851 Howard St. in San Francisco, California.

10) How do I get there?

The mapping address  is  851 Howard St., San Francisco, CA 94103.    You can also access directions and parking information on the Pacific Gas Electric website.

11) What is the hosting organization about?

Solar 3.0 is an outreach initiative to  promote process innovation in American cities through the standardization of local land use, zoning code ordinances, permitting processes and interconnection rules for distributed solar PV. For more information, visit

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