"Solar Power 101: A community education series on solar energy," is being presented Monday, May 4, at the Oro Valley Public Library.

The event runs from 6 to 8 p.m. Space is limited. People are asked to RSVP by this Friday, May 1, by e-mail at tamarack.little@mail.house.gov or by calling 881-3588.

The program is being presented by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in partnership with Pima County Public Library. Monday's subject is solar energy at the University of Arizona. Solar experts, and members of Giffords' staff, are presenting information. Included are people with AzRISE, The Arizona Research Institute for Solar Energy based at the University of Arizona; The UA Solar Decathlon and Solar Racing Team; and Dr. Alex Cronin, UA physics professor.

AzRISE is involved with many solar research projects, including energy storage, large-scale solar demonstration projects, solar energy teaching materials and more.

The solar decathlon and solar racing team are talking about their activities.

Cronin presents information on his research on photovoltaics (PV) at the Tucson Electric Power solar testing yard, as well as his personal experiences with photovoltaics on his own home.

For more solar energy information, visit Congresswoman Giffords' website: www.giffords.house.gov.

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