Driving on Sunshine is a week-long series of online, from-home events with community sharing opportunities slated for the week of September 26 to October 4, 2020, hosted by Cool Davis, the Cool Davis solar task force, the City of Davis, SacEv, and the Davis Electric Vehicle Association (DEVA). Register in advance for educational webinars and mark your calendar to watch homemade “tour” videos to learn about installing rooftop solar at your home, making use of battery backup systems to avoid service interruptions and peak usage, and purchasing and incorporating electric vehicles into your life!

Visit our Save the Date post for instructions on how to upload your home tour video by Sept 15! UPDATE: DEADLINE EXTENDED TO END OF THE DAY SEPT 23!

Cool Davis and our partners will be “running” the Driving on Sunshine event from this news post, a new one for us for sure! We hope to return to in-person events in the future (we miss you!), but, for now, this news post is the right place to access all the events and opportunities to incorporate solar, batteries, electric vehicles, and much more into your groove!

Davis Driving on Sunshine Week program schedule

September 26th – October 4th, 2020

Did you receive a postcard about re-roofing and solar?

Solar photovoltaic (PV) systems last about as long as a new roof. Cash in on solar tax credits and avoid system remove and replace fees by starting with your roof. Make sure to take our pre-survey for prizes (below) and to take advantage of follow up support opportunities with Cool Davis.

Take our pre- and post- survey for prizes!

Cool Davis likes to learn where you’re coming from and if we helped you move foward with your decision-making on Cool Solutions like driving an electric vehicle and getting solar and backup battery systems for your home. If you’re thinking about a solar system and your roof happens to be on the older side, this is for you! Fill in both pre- and post surveys to receive a Cool Davis veggie bag and Farmer’s Market bucks. [watch this space]


Home and vehicle tour videos available for viewing. Cool Davis will provide links [watch this space]. See below for a few examples:

Find instructions on how to create and upload your video by Sept 23 on our “save the date” post.


Panelist Raghu Belur, Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer for Enphase Energy

Battery Backup Systems Webinar (Sept 29th 5:30pm PST). The Battery Backup webinar will feature panelists to discuss the latest benefits and barriers to battery technology. A Q&A session will follow with subject matter experts and industry leaders. Panelist Raghu Belur, Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer for Enphase Energy will provide a very basic overview of battery storage, explain the differences between technologies, and participate in a Q&A session. Other panelists include Jon Gemma of Aztec Solar, John Walter of RepowerYolo, and Aaron Nitzkin of Citadel Roofing & Solar as “Ask-the-Expert” panelists. Partners include Cool Davis, and the City of Davis. REGISTER HERE

Raghu Belur bio: Raghu co-founded Enphase Energy with Martin Fornage in 2006. He has more than 25 years of experience in the clean energy and high technology industries, and has been at the forefront of developing Enphase’s leading integrated energy system—with solar generation, storage, monitoring, and control.  Prior to Enphase, Raghu developed high-speed optical communication technology for Cerent, which was later acquired by Cisco Systems. Before Cerent, Raghu was an engineer at the Indian Institute of Science, where he played a key role in the development of an alternative energy gasification system. Raghu has an MSEE from Texas A&M University and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley.

Battery backup systems can help you avoid outages and improve household and community resilience! Read up on battery backup systems with our newly published article!

Special prizes drawing!

Attend local webinars and raise your hand at the end if you want to be entered into an on-the-spot drawing for special prizes!


Breathe Free with EVs (Electric Vehicles) Webinar (Sept 30th 5:30pm PST) Meet and greet members of our community who drive electric vehicles and learn more about how you can purchase your own new or used electric vehicle. The webinar will open early with EV 101 basics, begin with an introduction and a short discussion breakout, followed by a panel of EV owners who will chat about their experiences with an optional video tour. Breakout sessions will focus on particular car models, rebates, pairing EVs with rooftop solar, and buying a used EV. This webinar is one way we’re celebrating National Drive Electric Week (see more info below). Partners include Cool Davis, the City of Davis, SacEV, the Davis Electric Vehicle Association (DEVA), and National Drive Electric Week. REGISTER HERE

For updated rebate information, check out this CVRP brochure.

“Be Smart, Drive Electric” charging info from Clipper Creek.

Special prizes drawing!

Attend local webinars and raise your hand at the end if you want to be entered into an on-the-spot drawing for special prizes!


    • National partner: National Drive Electric Week 2020: Peruse a growing list of national level webinars focused on purchasing used, sustainable technologies including battery backup systems, basics, charging, trivia, road trips, trucks, school buses, and particular models like the Chevy Bolt, Nissan LEAF, and Hyundai Sonata.
    • Equity specialist Marisol Sifuentes with the Center for Sustainable Energy will present the “Go Green and Get Green Sacramento” webinar October 1, 2020, at 6:30pm PST to highlight electric vehicle incentives tailored specifically for the Sacramento area. Sign up for the webinar and a growing list of other offerings in celebration of National Drive Electric Week 2020 at https://driveelectricweek.org/events-list. Ms. Sifuentes reports that “There are many opportunities for Californians to get rebates on purchasing or leasing electric cars, starting with incentives from the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project that offers up to $7,000 for eligible models for people with low-to-moderate incomes. More than 30 models qualify for the rebates,” Sifuentes said. “Then there are incentives for both cars and electric vehicle chargers available from local agencies and utilities, as well as the opportunity to get a federal tax credit up to $7,500. We have complete information on our website at CleanVehicleRebate.org.” For more information about the “Go Green” webinar, contact Marisol Sifuentes at marisol.sifuentes@energycenter.org.
    • Visit the Cool Davis National Drive Electric web page




Other materials and resources:

  • Be sure to visit our Cool Davis YouTube Channel to see videos on various home energy and electric vehicle topics!
  • Check out our guides on solar!
    • Is Solar Right for Me? How do you know? Find out here.
    • Hire the Right Solar Contractor: You’ll want to choose carefully. Consult our guidance here.
    • Ways to Save: View our planning guide with tips for how to save on solar here.
  • Check out our frequently asked questions:
    • Solar FAQs – almost ready!
    • EV FAQs – coming soon!
  • Local partners:
    • Citadel Roofing and Solar
    • Aztec Solar Inc.
    • RepowerYolo
    • Sacramento Electric Vehicle Association (SacEV)
    • Davis Electric Vehicle Association: View the DEVA webpage here!
    • City of Davis Sustainability Program: Learn more about this City program that is supporting our efforts here.