Throughout the week, visitors of Intersolar and ees were given exclusive tours of noteworthy solar and microgrid installations across the San Francisco Bay Area organized by show partnerNorthern California Solar Energy Association (NorCal Solar), a San Francisco-area nonprofit that provides education on the many aspects of solar energy. Each year, these popular tours offer attendees opportunities to venture off the show floor to gain a new perspective on solar and storage while exploring the Bay Area.
On board a catamaran, participants in the sold out SF Bay Sailing Tour experienced the stunning 360-degree views of the bay and city skyline. San Francisco’s local celebrity, Karl the Fog, was not in attendance, giving visitors clear views of other major San Francisco sites including the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. It was a bumpy ride though passengers enjoyed the afternoon with refreshments, hors d'oeuvres and danced to tunes from the 80s.
Guests continued to enjoy more Bay Area outings throughout the week with sold out tours of local solar farms, a behind the scenes look at the microgrid on The Davies Symphony Hall led by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, and a science-filled happy hour at the LEED Platinum-certified Exploratorium, which installed a 1.3 megawatt system in 2016.
The Intersolar and ees festivities will continue Friday with the Solar Winery and Microgrid Tour, which will take visitors to two solar-powered Napa winemakers. Every year, each tour receives positive feedback from visitors traveling to San Francisco from other states and overseas. All proceeds from the tours go toward supporting NorCal Solar and its efforts to drive the solar movement in Northern California forward.