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San Luis Obispo Green Companies Celebrate the First Solar Fest with Local School

Solar festival raises awareness of sustainable practices among community members and school children.

San Luis Obispo, CA, May 28, 2011 --( Solarponics, the longest continually owned and operated solar company in California, recently participated in The Laureate School’s first Solar Fest earlier this month. The Solar Fest was created to help raise awareness of sustainable practices, raise money for the school’s Life Lab program and celebrate the coming of summer.

Nearly one-hundred people attended the festival, including students, families, staff members, and community members. Other local businesses that participated included REC Solar, First Solar, SLO Botanical Gardens and Cal Poly, to name a few.

“We have been studying solar and alternative energy all year. Some students and parents expressed interest about installing solar at their homes. This was one of the main reasons why I hosted the Solar Fest event – to raise further awareness and to connect parents with the local solar companies,” said Heather Noyes, Laureate’s Life Lab and science teacher.

The festival included various craft activities, games, a yoga session and performances by the Banana Slug String Band, who played on a completely solar-powered stage. Guests could also experiment with several activities surrounding clean energy, such as baking nachos with a solar powered oven.

“We participated because it was an opportunity to reach out to future generations. The children of today will have a major impact on our world; in many ways, the future is theirs. We also wanted to spread the good word about solar energy and all its benefits, both financial and environmental,” said Lawson Schaller, inside salesman for Solarponics.


Solarponics is the Central Coast’s alternative energy pioneer, helping residents achieve energy independence for over 35 years. The longest continuously owned and operated solar company in California, Solarponics has been family owned and operated since 1975. Solarponics can install and service solar electric systems, solar hot water, wind energy systems, solar pool heating and radiant heating systems. For more information, visit, or follow them on Twitter @solarponics and on Facebook.
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