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Yuma International Airport will host its first “Solar Up Yuma” event on October 21, 2011, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on the second floor in the airport’s terminal. The event is part of the airport’s new partnership to promote solar with Arizona Public Service (APS), City of Yuma, and Arizona SmartPower.

According to Arizona SmartPower State Director Toni Bouchard, her organization’s research shows that while 85 percent of the American people say they prefer energy generated from clean, renewable sources, like wind and solar, less than 3 percent actually purchase it. Many customers hesitate because there is a lack of trusted clean energy brands and a great deal of confusion about reliability and cost.

That’s why the airport, as a solar leader, is hosting the first Solar Up Yuma event. Attendees will learn about the solar installation process from start to finish, and an Arizona SmartPower Solar Coach will be on hand to answer questions – from understanding how solar works, to what to look for in a solar installer, to estimating your energy cost savings. It’s a great way to get started – and to meet other Arizonans who care about solar, too.

“The Solar Up Yuma Event is a one-stop shop where the community can talk with representatives from APS, Arizona SmartPower, and solar installation companies, as well as meet people within our community who have already installed solar in their homes or businesses and hear their stories,” said Bill Gresser, Airport Board President. “This is a great opportunity for people to learn more about energy efficiency, financing options, the variety of renewable energy resources available, and how easy the process of ‘going solar’ can really be. We’ve done it, and you can do it, too!”