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Cradle to Cradle: Solar PV Module Discussion

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GRID Alternatives

1171 Ocean Avenue

#200

Oakland, CA 94608

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Solar panels produce energy sustainably, but how are solar companies ensuring that their manufacturing process is in line with their vision of sustainability?

On Thursday, January 17th, come learn more about sustainable manufacturing processes from the first solar company to achieve Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Silver designation, SunPower. As part of GRID Bay Area's Third Thursday events and workshop series, there will be an opportunity to hear from an expert in sustainable manufacturing in the solar industry as well as a chance to get hands on with solar panels!

The evening will start with the chance to get up close with panels by testing them out and learning a bit more about them. Then, Casey Riscoe, Logistics and Sustainability Manager at SunPower, will discuss the key pillars of their sustainability program and how it has formed the company’s approach to impact driven social programs, water stewardship, and eco-forward product design. Casey brings a unique perspective to the production of solar panels - focusing on a product’s sustainability and impact beyond just the materials it contains.

Presenter Bio: Casey Riscoe has had a passion for sustainability throughout his life. He began studying renewable energy with a focus on Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Research while completing his bachelor’s degree in materials science engineering. Casey has lived in the Bay Area for 4 years and has been an employee of SunPower for 3 years, working in both project development and sustainability/logistics. Casey is a member of the SEIA working group on PV recycling and has helped to develop an industry-wide USA PV recycling network.

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What is GRID Alternatives?

GRID Alternatives (GRID) is the nation’s largest nonprofit solar installer, serving exclusively low-income communities. GRID also partners with job training organizations and individual job seekers to provide training in installing solar both in a real-world setting and in the classroom under the leadership of knowledgeable GRID staff.

What are Thursday Nights like at GRID Alternatives Bay Area?

Starting in January of this year we've started offering Workshops and Discussions on the same nights that we host Volunteer Orientations. This allows for more of our participants to get to network and meet each other, as well as open up additional ways to get involved with GRID. If you'd like to participate in a real-world GRID Alternatives Solar PV installation, attending an Orientation is a requirement.

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

There is no minimum age requirement to enter the event.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

  • Location: GRID Alternatives (1171 Ocean Ave, Oakland, CA 94608). We will be using the entrance via our Ocean Avenue doorway. There is an entrance on Marshall Ave that is wheelchair accessible. Please let us know if stairs are a barrier so we can accomodate training space accordingly.
  • Parking: You can park in our warehouse lot or find street parking.
  • Public Transportation: The closest BART is MacArthur. From MacArthur you can take the Emery-Go-Round (free shuttle) to Hollis and 64th. You can also take the 57 Bus towards 40th St, get off at 40th and San Pablo Ave, and take the 72 Bus towards Hilltop Mall and get off at Alcatraz and San Pablo Ave. The closest BART (walking distance) is Ashby.

What should I bring into the event?

Pen, note pad, and reusable water bottle.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Email us at trainingba@gridalternatives.org

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