California Solar Center!
is designed to be a prime source of information on solar energy
activity in California. Californiasolarcenter.org was created and
is currently managed by The Rahus
Institute, a 501c3 non-profit organization, working to promote
greater use of renewable energy through education, research, program
and policy development. Californiasolarcenter exists only on the
internet. There is no physical place as yet, though that may be
something for the future.
In the early
stages of 2001, we've seen an incredible surge in interest about
solar energy. The California Energy Crisis has put energy on the
mind of everyone. Solar energy can be a large part of a sustainable
energy future for the state of California, and can provide a positive
example for the rest of the nation. To achieve this, we must first
understand what is 'solar energy' - the technology and the design
practices - and what each is capable of doing. John Perlin has provided
a history section reviewing 2500 years
of solar technology and architecture - providing a historical perspective
from which we can move forward toward developing a sustainable society
based on solar and other renewable energy resources. The current
crisis can be a powerful motivator to adopt positive change.
Our goal, through
californiasolarcenter.org, is to provide timely and accurate information
to help develop the market for solar energy technology and design
practices in California and to assist consumers, businesses, and
policy makers move toward a clean energy future without compromising
the environment or the economy.
I invite you
to check back frequently for updates as we add new features to the
site in the coming months. Your feedback can help guide the content
and development of the site.
[President of The Rahus Institute]
May 20, 2001