Energy Day brings together
experts in the energy industry and other fields to provide a balanced,
thought-provoking, and informative event.
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Annual Desert Lecture Series
WORLD’S BEST SKY PHOTOGRAPHERS
Writer & Sky Photographer
On Friday, April 12, Dennis
Mammana presents stunning images of the Earth’s celestial attractions by
an array of international photographers. The eternally peaceful night
sky looks the same above the symbols of all nations and regions,
attesting to the truly unified nature of Earth as a planet, rather than
an amalgam of human-designated territories. As the world’s second
official International Dark-Sky Community, Borrego Springs is part of an
international effort to preserve the view of the dark night sky for now
and future generations. Don’t miss this beautiful and inspirational
program. At the Borrego Springs Performing Arts Center. Seating is
limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. Arrive early for best
Sat., 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Panels to Power: How Solar Energy Works"
Paul Zavesoff, Asset Manager, NRG Borrego Solar Project
attend the lecture on solar power and then go on the tour
We jump from the dark skies
of night to the opposite side of day and to the latest technology that
permits us to generate electrical power from the sun, the star that
powers all life on Earth. Learn how solar panels produce electricity,
what goes into a modern solar plant—such as the Borrego Solar
Project—and what the future holds, and how the sunshine falling on
Borrego will ultimately be delivered to homes and businesses in the form
of electricity. The illustrated program takes place at the ABDNHA
Borrego Desert Nature Center, in the ABDNHA Library. No charge. Space
limited, call for reservations, 760-767-3098. If you are holding a
reservation, but cannot attend, please call ahead so that someone else
may have your place.
Sat., 11 a.m. – Noon (Tour 1); Noon – 1 p.m. (Tour 2)
Tour the NRG
Solar Plant Facility in Borrego Springs
Guided by Paul
Zavesoff, Asset Manager, NRG Borrego Solar Project
will conduct tours of the solar project after the lecture.
Reinforcing what we learned
this morning about the production of solar energy, we will tour the NRG
Borrego commercial solar plant to learn about its operations and
capabilities. Participants will be boarding open-air vehicles at the
Borrego Desert Nature Center and traveling together to the solar
facility, with Paul Zavesoff as our guide. Space is limited to a total
of 32 (16 on Tour 1, and 16 on Tour 2).
Reservations are required. Call
to reserve, 760-767-3098. ABDNHA Members $6; Non-members $8. Bring
water, sunglasses, wear closed-toed shoes, and dress for outdoors.
Sat., 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
"Harvesting Nature’s Energy: Geothermal Resources in Imperial County"
Presented by Vince Signorotti, Vice President, Resource and Real
Estate Assets, EnergySource LLC
Hear the history of energy
development in Imperial County and the reason for the geothermal plants
located on the shores of the Salton Sea. Learn more about what
geothermal energy is, why it’s at the Salton Sea, and how it transfers
to energy we can use. Experience a short "virtual tour" of a geothermal
plant. The program takes place at the ABDNHA Library. Seating is
limited. Call for reservations, 760-767-3098.
Sat., 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Electric System – From Generating Stations to the Microgrid"
Presented by Neal Bartek, Smart Grid Project Manager, The Borrego
Springs Microgrid Project, SDG&E
And Janet Lonneker, Project Manager, Smart Grid Implementation Group SDG&E,
Gain an overview
of energy transmission and understand how generating stations,
transformers, transmission lines, and substations connect to transmit
energy to homes and businesses. Hear an update on the Borrego Microgrid—a
research and development project sponsored by the U.S. Department of
Energy, and find out what’s been learned, and what the future holds for
this complex grid system as applied to Borrego Springs. The program
takes place at the ABDNHA Library. Seating is limited. Call for
Sat., 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Dark Skies: An
Documentary Film "For Those Denied the Night Sky"
a short introduction about the visit to Borrego Springs by Korean film
makers interested to find out why more communities around the world are
turning their attention to the preservation of darkness, we will view
the 50-minute Korean documentary "For Those Denied the Night Sky." The
film was produced by Korean Public Television and partly filmed in
Borrego Springs. It explores the role of darkness as an integral part of
the human spirit. At the ABDNHA Library, call the Nature Center to
reserve, 760-767-3098. ABDNHA Members $6; Non-members: $8.
2013 Borrego Energy Day is
coordinated and sponsored by the Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History
Association, a 501c3 nonprofit desert education organization, since
1971. Located at 652 Palm Canyon Drive, Borrego Springs, CA. For
reservations call 760-767-3098; for further information about ABDNHA,