Past Event

Solar Surge

Fri, Oct 8 2010 - 12:00pm

Solar Surge? 

John Woolard, CEO, BrightSource Energy
Karen Douglas, Chairman, California Energy Commission
Lisa Hoyos, California Director, Apollo Alliance
Greg Dalton, Climate One - Moderator

After decades of fits and starts, is solar power finally hitting the big time? BrightSource Energy is about to break ground on one of the largest solar power plants in the world. The 392 megawatt plant will generate almost as much electricity as all the solar capacity installed across the entire United States last year, serving more than 140,000 homes. That will juice construction jobs (for a while) and has unions thrilled. But locating and building such industrial-scale plants can take eons. Should California build more mega facilities? Where? As we add more renewables to the mix, how can we assure a reliable grid? How does natural gas ally with solar to satisfy energy demand for a state expected to add millions of people in coming decades? Join us for a discussion of the future of energy and jobs in California with leading players from government, business and labor.

Location: SF Club Office
Time: 11:30 a.m. check-in, noon program
Cost: MEMBERS FREE
, $20 non-members, students free (with valid ID)
Also know: Photo courtesy of BrightSource Energy. The speakers and audience will be videotaped for future broadcast on the Climate One program on KRCD public TV 22 on Comcast and DirecTV in the Bay Area.