Residents of Southern California interested in learning more about sustainable technology such as solar energy solutions may want to consider attending the “Green Idea House” public dedication ceremony in Hermosa Beach on Saturday, April 6.

According to a press release from SolarWorld, the purpose of the event – which will include a speech from environmental activist and actor Ed Begley Jr. – is to celebrate the region’s first net-zero-energy, zero-combustion home. Featuring 6.25 kilowatts of solar panels, the 2100-square-foot house serves as a case study for Southern California Edison’s Net Zero Energy Initiative, which aims to make all new residential buildings zero net energy by 2020.

The property is owned by Robert and Monica Fortunato, who made a commitment to retrofitting their home so that they could reduce their power consumption by at least 75 percent. This is a notable achievement considering they also added 700 square feet to their house during renovations. The project was so successful that it received several awards, including the 2012 Green Leadership Award from Los Angeles County.

“Our objective with the Green Idea House was to build community around the idea that anyone can and should build with energy efficiency and sustainability in mind,” Robert said in a press statement.

The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. at 1556 Prospect Ave.

If you live in the Golden State and you’re interested in hearing more about how residential solar energy solutions can help you cut costs on your utility bills and reduce your carbon footprint, contact West Coast Solar at 877-379-3448 for a free in-home assessment. We have an extensive background in the roofing industry and will take care of the entire installation to guarantee that you’re getting the best quality products and services.