“TEP’s 2015 Solar Program Overview”@ Ward 3 Neighbors Alliance

    January 21, 2015 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    Woods Memorial Library
    3455 North 1st Avenue
    Tucson, AZ 85719

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    Ward 3 Neighbors Alliance, Inc.

    Wednesday, January 21, 2015

    6:00 – 8:00 PM

    Woods Library, 3455 North First Avenue


    “TEP’s 2015 Solar Program Overview”

    Subtitle:  “What is the Solar Future for Tucson and the SW region?”

    Speakers:   Theodore Burhans, Tucson Electric Power (or a colleague, TBD)

    Panelists:    Kevin Koch, Technicians for Sustainability

    Katherine Kent, The Solar Store

    Bruce Plenk (former solar lead for the City ofTucson)

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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).


    1. TEP’s Renewal Energy Program update was provided by Justin Orkney, Tech. Specialist II for their 2015 program to be offered to 600 home owners to install a system with a fixed tariff rate based on their previous 12 month usage. Average residential usage is about 11,000 KW/year. Kevin Koch was enthusiastic over the new program, as another option to homeowners; Catherine Kent said we all need to reduce our energy use, that not all homes were meant for solar panels; and Bruce Plenk offered visions for a solar future, with buildings/new developments being net zero for energy usage, maybe even a plug in solar home system someday. About 25 persons attended this informative meeting.

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