Clean Energy Financing

A number of cities and counties across the U.S. are launching programs to finance renewable energy and energy efficiency upgrades for homes and businesses. RAEL is supporting these efforts through research, consulting, and the creation of educational tools. This project focuses on what we call Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) which covers the up-front costs for energy efficiency improvements and installation of solar energy systems for residential and commercial properties within a city or county. The property owner then repays the cost of these installations over 20 years through a special fee on their property tax bill. 

Check out our summary proposal for privately-managed PACE here:

Advancing the New Energy Economy in California

Sunday, January 13, 2008 - 10:30pm - Monday, January 14, 2008 - 10:30am

This summit aims to bring together leaders in the investment, clean technology, workforce and public policy sectors. The goal is to advance long-term investment, job creation, and financial growth within the green technology industry with a focus on engaging low-income communities. This Summit will unite principal decision-makers to explore the expectations for growth and demand, new labor opportunities, education and training in the new energy economy in California.

For information and registration please visit their website

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
* Third Street between Mission and Howard in downtown San Francisco, California

Physics of Sustainable Energy: Using Energy Efficiently and Producing it Renewably

Saturday, March 1, 2008 - 12:00am - Sunday, March 2, 2008 - 10:00am

The APS Forum on Physics and Society and Amer. Association of Physics Teachers will hold an energy short course on March 1-2 at UC Berkeley on "Physics of Sustainable Energy: Using Energy Efficiently and Producing it Renewably," The AIP Conference proceedings will follow the tradition set by AIP25(1975) and AIP135(1985).

The speakers are some of the nation's foremost experts, including Steve Chu, Art Rosenfeld, LBL, NREL, EPRI, etc. For $100, the participants get 23 forty-minute talks, 2 lunches and a 500 page AIP Conf. Proceedings! Banquet is $35 additional.

Visit the webpage for more information and registration

Evans Hall, University of California, Berkeley
Please visit the website above for directions

Presentations from A Nobel Cause

Presentations are now available for A Nobel Cause. This was an Interdisciplinary Nobel Laureates Symposium on grand challenges of global sustainability, held in Potsdam, Germany on October 8-10, 2007.

See Dan Kammen's Presentation on Bioenergy and Sustainability
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Short Course on Energy Physics of Sustainable Energy: Using Energy Efficiently and Producing It Renewably

Friday, February 29, 2008 - 11:00pm - Sunday, March 2, 2008 - 9:00am

The impacts of global warming are becoming ever more apparent. The reliance of US on foreign sources of energy decreases our security. Energy pollution continues to plague urban areas. These concerns highlight the need to come up with solutions to the energy issue. This short course is designed to acquaint physicists with an in-depth technical knowledge of the more promising developments in energy research and to enable them to evaluate energy issues for teaching or for research.

Visit their webpage for more information
or See the flyer

University of California at Berkeley (Evans Hall)