Discounts for solar

The Community Environmental Council’s Solarize Ventura County—a community-led, group-purchasing program for residential solar electric systems— will run throughout the county until Fri., Sept. 8.

During that time, CEC will host free, educational workshops to help homeowners understand solar technologies, energy efficiency and financing options.

The CEC’s Solarize programs have operated in Ventura County since 2012. Since then, 162 homeowners in Ventura, Ojai Valley and along Highway 126 have taken advantage of the program’s discounted pricing and educational workshops.

This year’s Solarize Ventura County is the first time that the program has been offered throughout the entire county. The program has the backing of the Cities of Ventura, Oxnard and Camarillo, which are co-hosting the educational workshops.

Ventura County’s Regional Energy Alliance has also partnered with the Solarize Program to increase the amount of renewable energy adoption in the county. This year’s two partner solar installers, California Solar Electric and Coastal Solar, will offer discounts on solar installs throughout Ventura County.

Anyone interested in learning about solar power may attend one of the following workshops:

Thurs., July 20 at 6 p.m. in Ventura City Hall, community meeting room, 501 Poli St., Ventura.

Wed., Aug. 2 at 6 p.m. (English) and 7 p.m. (Español) in City of Oxnard community room, 300 W. Third St., first floor.

Thurs., Aug. 17 at 6 p.m. in Newbury Park Library, 2331 Borchard Road.

Tues., Aug. 22 at 6 p.m. in Grant Brimhall Library, 1401 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks.

For each homeowner that goes solar through the program, the solar installers will pay, at no additional cost to the homeowner, a small fee which helps CEC continue to offer Solarize programs in communities.

For more information or to apply for the program, go to or call (805) 963-0583, ext. 101.

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