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Seminar Explores Benefits of Using Solar Power for Disaster Management

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Golden, Colo., Nov. 17, 1999 - Solar energy technologies can provide electricity when disaster strikes and power outages follow. Learn how at an educational seminar on "Solar Technologies and Disaster Management: Strategies for Sustainable Communities and Businesses" in Santa Monica, Calif., next month.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and its National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the seminar will introduce clean, sustainable energy technologies that harness energy from the sun and can be incorporated into the risk management and disaster planning strategies of businesses, communities, municipalities and insurers.

Presenters will show how solar electric systems can meet power needs for emergency communication, water purification, lighting, laptop computers and cell phones. The systems also can replace portable generators in both residential and commercial applications, giving buildings a better chance for survival and restoring electricity quicker.

The seminar is designed for emergency managers, city managers, public safety officials, business continuity planners, risk managers, loss control specialists, business owners, insurance claims professionals and utility disaster managers. It costs $35 and will be offered 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Dec. 3 at the Four Points Sheraton in Santa Monica.

Call (310) 453-6368 or visit http://www.nrel.gov/surviving_disaster/decmeeting.html for more information or a registration form.

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