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Posted: Sunday, October 21, 2012 1:00 pm

Phoenix-based company SolarCity is coming to the Ahwatukee Community Center on Thursday, offering information on solar energy tools for residents.

The Solar Lunch and Learn event will begin at 1 p.m. in the community center just off Warner Road.

Aparna Mohla, a SolarCity field marketing coordinator, said the event will feature lunch, a presentation and free consultations from the company. As the second event this month, the company hopes more of an interest will build for the area.

“We reach out to the adult, active community in Ahwatukee,” Mohla said. “This is the best activity to engage and invest in during retirement.”

Though the fall season is approaching, with a hope for cooler temperatures, Mohla encourages residents that this is the perfect time to switch to solar energy use.

As the process takes four to five months before the full switch to using solar panels, utility grids, and electric panels is completed, starting well before summer rolls in is ideal.

“Essentially, there are credits available that they didn’t use,” Mohla explained.

Utility meters continually measure a home’s electrical supply, according to SolarCity. Once the solar power system produces more power than the home needs, the meter literally spins backward, and accumulates credits with the utility company that offsets the resident’s next bill.

“It’s a lot more appealing now,” said Mohla, of how the retiree community now sees solar energy. “They start saving money from day one.”

The free consultations during the lunch and learn event will be available to anyone interested.

“Solar is a movement here in Arizona,” Mohla said. “The mission is to go solar one home at a time.”

The Ahwatukee Community Center is located at 4700 E. Warner Road. To reserve a seat for the Oct. 25 workshop, call (602) 826-7977 or email Mohla at


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