First SolarDay Set for June 21

The first annual SolarDay ( will be held on June 21, the first day of summer, to educate the public about the benefits of solar energy and solar installations in local areas. is also the first consumer portal for information about solar energy and companies on a state-by-state basis so consumers can contact local solar installers to find out more about tax credits, costs, and the benefits of energy independence.

John Reed, director of Elevator Communications, LLC and creator of SolarDay, explained the need for this new annual celebration of American energy independence. "While oil prices have recently declined, the party's over for cheap fossil fuels, forever. Sooner or later we'll be looking, again, at $4.50 a gallon gasoline, and we need to focus on steps we can take, as individuals and businesses, to permanently reduce our need of fossil fuels and the environmental hazards of greenhouse gases. The new Obama administration provides us with a fresh start to dramatically grow the solar and green energy we need to meet our energy needs.

"The importance of solar energy has been recognized by the U.S. Congress, which included an 8-year extension of the 30 percent energy investment tax credit (ITC) in the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, and removed the $2,000 cap which enables homeowners to fully use the 30 percent ITC."

In California and nationally, sponsors of SolarDay will be educating business owners and homeowners in their area about the benefits of solar energy and energy independence through the use of their information and representative solar installations in the areas where they do business as well as informing the public about legislation and tax credits that assist in the affordability for new solar installations.

The Web site provides a dedicated sponsor page that will enable sponsors to post press releases during the year. To find out more, send e-mail to