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Join us this Weekend at the Los Angeles Home Show

28 Sep

Join California Green Designs this weekend at the LA Convention Center for the Los Angeles Home and Garden Show, now under new management, the show has blossomed and is now much more organized.

Come by and engage our experts on any and all questions solar. Prices on panels are down, the LADWP rebate may have finally stabilized, find out about solar energy production in fall, and why it’s so high. Don’t forget we now have a no money down lease option that actually is in favor of the homeowner.

Show Hours

  • Friday, September 30             Noon-8pm
  • Saturday, October 1               10am-6pm
  • Sunday, October 2                  10am-5pm


Show Location

The Los Angeles Convention Center is located at 1201 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, California 90015

South Hall K

Admission is free and open to the public.

Visit losangeleshomeshow.net for more information.

AltCar, the most Addicting Green Show in Los Angeles this Weekend

27 Sep

Join California Green Designs this weekend for AltCar in Santa Monica, California at the Civic Auditorium on Friday Sept. 30 and Saturday Oct. 1. We’ll be there showing off our solar wares, and ready to take all your questions about the new pricing for panels (they’ve dropped!) what’s happening with the solar rebate throughout Los Angeles, and how you can make a difference in your community by hosting a solar party.

You can also test drive the Leaf, Volt, Prius V, iMiEV, CT200h, HS250h, Camry Hybrid, and over a dozen other hybrids and alternative fuel vehicles, and  small cars (i.e. Smart Car).

Altcar is the most addicting green show in Los Angeles, the speakers and their topics are great, the attendance high and excited, and everything on display interesting and high quality. This is the show you don’t want to miss.

The event is free and open to the public!

Free Bike Valet.

Visit www.altcarexpo.com for more information.

Join us this weekend in Santa Monica at the AltBuild Design Conference & Expo

5 May

We’re excited to be taking part in the 8th Annual Alternative Building Materials & Design Conference & Expo AKA AltBuild, this weekend. It’s one of the most interesting and sustainability oriented Green events in the Country. The event will be held at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium on Friday May 6th and Saturday May 7th, 2011, from 10am to 5pm.


Stop by the California Green Designs booth and catch up on all the latest news regarding solar. We’ll be showing off one of our largest installations, and have on display two full-sized solar panels, an inverter, and a solar pathfinder – the instrument used to project the daily trek of the sun all year long.

Other events that will be held at the expo include the Energy Upgrade California Networking Event, and the Ask A Pro event organized by the AIA Los Angeles Chapter where folks can get advice on green renovation questions from licensed architects and LEED Accredited Professionals. The Hennessey & Ingalls bookstore will feature architecture, design and eco-friendly books on display and for purchase and the Post Alt-Build Mixer organized by the Westside Branch of USGBC-LA will be held as well.

Come and see the APEX Block Demo Trailer built made of 80% post industrial recycled polystyrene foam and 20% cement. LifeSource Water will provide refills of filtered water so bring your cateens to AltBuild and the ever popular AltBuild Café will offer a complete menu of lunch and dessert options.

Zero Waste will attempt  to capture as many valuable materials as possible through Zero Waste Stations and to encourage bike use to the event, a FREE Bike Valet parking will be set up by the City of Santa Monica.

Event Location
Santa Monica Convention Center

1855 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401-3209
310-458-8551
www.santamonicacivic.org

CAGD Celebrates Earth Day

20 Apr

As this year’s Earth Day celebration approaches (mark your calendars for this Friday, April 22nd), we’d like to reflect on the truly beneficial aspects of what we do as a solar company.  Each day, we enable people living in our communities to take advantage of solar energy and in so doing, we help improve the world we live in. The sun is a truly amazing resource – it sustains life on our planet by keeping temperatures moderate, it gives light, allows crops and plants to grow and among other things, its energy can be converted to electricity which has powered the improvement in the standard of living since Thomas Edison invented the incandescent light bulb.

As a company which specializes in helping people take advantage of solar photovoltaic energy, we get excited about Earth Day. On April 21st, we’ll be at the Earth Day Celebration at the prestigious Fox Plaza building. Located at 2121 Avenue of the Stars in Century City the event will be a great opportunity to meet and talk to people about green issues.

Just last month, an inspirational article written by prominent technology author and entrepreneur Ramez Naam in Scientific American magazine again highlights the really important benefits of solar energy, which is becoming ever more affordable and competitive with conventional fossil fuel energy sources. The Article can be seen at http://http://www.scientificamerican.com/blog/post.cfm?id=smaller-cheaper-faster-does-moores-2011-03-15

To quote Ramez “If humanity could capture one tenth of one percent of the solar energy striking the earth – one part in one thousand – we would have access to six times as much energy as we consume in all forms today, with almost no greenhouse gas emissions.”

In the article, with data provided by the Department of Energy’s  National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the author goes on to explain that the trend of falling PV module costs has followed an exponential pattern over the past 30 years. The trend follows the famous “Moore’s law” trend seen in computer chip technology, only instead of doubling capacity every 18 months, “Solar Module Moore’s Law” explains the roughly 7% price drop of modules each year.

The author goes on to explain that since retail electricity prices are currently rising by a few percent each year, by 2018, the cost of solar electricity in the average location in the U.S. will cost the same as electricity produced from coal. By 2030, the author says, solar electricity is likely to cost half the cost of coal electricity. A typical solar module with a 20 year life span is estimated to produce about 7-10 times more energy than that which is required to manufacture it and solar technology represents a green power source with virtually no carbon emissions.

That’s good news for the world.

Happy Earth Day From All of Us at CAGD!

Earth Heart

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtfully committed citizens can change the world. 
Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” 
Margaret Mead

A Great Time at Go Green Expo

19 Apr

We had a great time at the Go Green Expo this weekend. One of the premiere sustainable lifestyle events of the year, Go Green was buzzing with excitement. The warm weekend weather made for a great turnout all weekend long, and the excitement of sustainable green living and clean solar energy was in the air. Our team members Patricia, David, Dean, and Shawn talked to a lot of folks interested in solar for their homes and businesses.

We were thrilled by all the interest from so many people who believe that solar energy is a vital part of our energy future and are we’re happy to share its many benefits. We also had a lot of excited participants in our solar charger raffle. Stay tuned for the winner announcement soon. We’re already looking forward to next year’s event and in the meantime look for us at green events all year long, such as Earth Day at Fox Plaza in Century City on April 21.

LA Goes Green This Weekend at the LA Convention Center

13 Apr

The Go Green Expo is in Los Angeles This Weekend! California Green Designs will be one of many eco-friendly exhibitors at one of the greatest and greenest events of the year, the Go Green Expo. We’ll be flaunting our solar wares at booth # 627, for the third consecutive year at the Los Angeles edition of the expo. Spend the weekend amongst green minded people and come by and visit us, and get all the recent gossip on the solar rebate program. The Go Green Expo is the nation’s premier green business and sustainable lifestyle show. This year the LA show runs from Friday April 15th to Sunday, April 17th at the LA Convention Center from 10am to 5pm, with an extended hour on Saturday.  Friday is designed to be B2B, just bring your business card for Free admission. The weekend is for Angelenos  looking to Go Green at home, there is an admission price of $15, that covers the whole weekend, but use discount code gge50, to get you $5 off admission. Senior Citizens: $10 Active Military Personnel with ID: Complimentary Admission Handicapped / Disabled: Complimentary Admission Children under 12: Complimentary Admission. Students: $10 with a valid student ID Or better yet bring your old laptop, computer towers, cell phones, toner/inkjet cartridges or LCD screen for on-site recycling and enjoy free admission sponsored by GREENspotDROPoff

Last year’s event was a great success, thanks to inspiring speakers, a wonderful enthusiastic crowd, and a great variety of vendors, and. This year’s expo features amongst the green products, a job fair, eco-food tasting, kids zone, hybrid / electric cars and many engaging environmentally conscious speakers. This year’s keynote speakers include Eric Cory Freed, author and actress Mariel Hemmingway, actor and activist Ed Begley Jr., Captain Paul Watson of “Whale Wars” and Sarah Backhouse from “Planet 100”. In addition there will be an eco-film showcase, an eco pet panel, yoga classes and kids story time.

Go Green Expos are held all over the country, don’t miss this year’s exciting event in Los Angeles!

Solar at the Oxnard Earth Day Festival this Saturday

8 Apr

Join in the celebration this weekend for the City of Oxnard’s 20th annual Earth Day Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Plaza Park. Admission is freeCalifornia Green Designs will be there to promote solar energy and to answer questions homeowners have about going green.

Our booth is a great experience for kids and the community alike. It will feature an actual full-size solar panel connected to a racking system and an inverter. We also have large poster-sized photos of solar panels on buildings, farms, and homes, all located right here in Southern California.

Stop by and grab a bumper stickers that say “Solar Power to the People” or flyers educating homeowners on the benefits of installing solar panels, energy conservation, and Green Tips.

It is up to you to be environmentally conscious, and you’ll find lots of ways of doing so at this interactive family event. Featuring hands-on events activities, live music, and stilt walkers.

Plaza Park is at the corner of Fifth and C streets in downtown Oxnard. Admission is free. Parking will be available at the parking structure at the corner of Third and B streets. For more information, call 385-7928 or visit OxnardNews.org.

Help save the Earth, “It’s up to you”.

 

Solar Energy on Earth Day, Celebrate this Weekend in Calabasas

1 Apr

Earth Day Festival
Saturday, April 2, 2011
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Las Virgenes Creek on Agoura Road
Located at Agoura Road and Las Virgenes Road (just behind the Starbucks)

Join us at the City of Calabasas Earth Day Celebration on April 2, 2011 for an afternoon of fun. The celebration will feature educational booths, informational speakers, eco-friendly games and activities, live music and entertainment.

The event will be held on a site along Las Virgenes Creek that was restored a few years ago. Entrance to the event is from Agoura Road and a walking path is available along the event site to accommodate strollers and wheelchairs.

A large turnout is expected for this event; more than 1,200 people attended last year’s Earth Day Celebration/Green Expo. This is a great opportunity to educate the public on benefits of being “green”, sustainability, energy conservation, and ways they can help the environment.

Make sure you stop by the California Green Designs booth and talk to our rep Dean to learn more about the great benefits of solar power for your home or business. Be sure to ask us about our new lease program that makes solar power accessible to everyone.

Events like the Earth Day Festival are the perfect opportunity to have fun while showing our collective commitment to environmental sustainability.  Crews from Calabasas Cable TV and reporters from local media will be covering the event.  Local and regional elected officials will also be in attendance.

 

Solar Power to the People at the Home Show

14 Mar

Come by and see California Green Designs at booth 409 at this year’s Los Angeles Home & Garden Show.  We’ll  will be happy to answer any questions you may have about turning your home Solar Powered, and will have full-sized Sunpower and Mitsubishi solar panels on display.  Be sure to ask us about our new lease program that makes solar power accessible to everyone.

The show runs this weekend, Friday,  March 18, through Sunday,  March 20, 2011,  at the Los Angeles Convention Center and Admission is FREE.   This year’s show should be the most exciting in years, and will feature hundreds of exhibits offering the newest home and garden products, designs and ideas.  For show hours and directions visit the Home Show’s website at www.losangeleshomeshow.net

Clean Air and Solar in South Pasadena this Sunday

8 Oct

Interesting in looking at a solar solution for your home? Come by and visit our booth at The fourth annual South Pasadena Clean-Air Car Show and Green-Living Expo taking place this Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm, California Green Designs will be there, talking about the solar advantage.

1414 Mission St.,
between Fair Oaks and Fremont avenues
10am to 4pm