Bitterroot Climate Action Group hosts solar energy talk | Local News

The Bitterroot Climate Action Group (BCAG) will host a virtual presentation on a new technology and business model — creating renewable energy from locally-constructed, high tech solar panels.

This initiative, Locally Grown Power, combines production of improved solar panels (designed by IdealPV) with a non-profit business model.

The presentation, by Kent Kernahan, founder of IdealPV, will be on Friday, April 23, at 7 pm over Zoom. The presentation is free and open to the public, but attendees must register in advance by going to and clicking on events.

Kernahan is a veteran of the solar industry who has developed innovations that improve solar technology while reducing costs and the use of rare materials. The establishment of the first solar panel factory in Pomona, CA, using this technology, is a model that Locally Grown Power is replicating around the country.

His talk will be about 45 minutes long, with plenty of time for questions.

BCAG is a local organization that focuses on activities addressing the problem of climate change that also benefit our community. The group has sponsored a series of in-person and virtual presentations over the past year and a half.

The next talk will be by Drs. Rob and Lori Byron on the impacts of climate change on human health, and will be on May 11, at 7 pm