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Nevada City supper club wins $10K solar electric system in contest

Megan Mccollam of Nevada City's Polly's Paladar has won a $10,000 solar electric system in a contest from California Solar Electric Co.

The winner, selected in a random drawing from entries collected at Nevada County Fair, the Draft Horse Classic and the Auburn Home Show, was announced last week.

Mccollam said she entered the contest at the Nevada County Fair on a whim.

She was at the fair when she saw Lars Ortegren and the California Solar Electric Company booth.

"I noticed promotion material for a contest to win a free $10,000 solar system and thought it wouldn't hurt to sign up," she said. "Yesterday (Nov. 5), I got the call that I won!

"Let me say that these people who run this amazing business are not only innovative and incredibly smart, but they are kind, super fun to be around, and just down right good," Mccollam said. "I am still in utter disbelief. Way to go, California Solar! You actually ARE the best."

Polly's Paladar is a private supper club in downtown Nevada City dedicated to facilitating enthusiasm for the sharable food movement. The members-only club focuses on sustainable local organic foods.

Lars Ortegren of California Solar said the company ran the contest in the interest of expanding awareness about solar electricity.

"We looked at the many things we could do in marketing California Solar, and, at the end of the day, decided rather than run up a big budget for promotions, we would like to do something genuine to benefit the communities we serve and our customers," Ortegren said. "We decided that giving a solar system away would demonstrate the savings, accessibility and practicality of solar energy.

"We are very happy that as it turns out, not only will a family get the benefit of this solar installation, but indirectly, all of Polly's Paladar members," he said.

Grass Valley-based California Solar Electric Co. was founded in 2000 and, since then, has installed more than 700 solar electric systems. They have designed and installed some of the state's first grid-tied solar electric systems.