Open Neighborhoods and Martifer Solar USA will present a free community solar event at The Green Life in Santa Monica at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10.

Local solar experts and residents who have already converted to solar energy will be on hand to speak about the process of installing solar panels on a home or business. The free event will also include a “solar 101” informational workshop where participants receive the latest news regarding rebates, energy savings, tax incentives and financing options.

The event is part of the Open Neighborhoods GoSolar 2010 program, which makes large-scale volume purchasing available to residents and businesses with significant price discounts ranging from 20 to 30 percent. Participants in the program can purchase all-inclusive fully installed solar panels made by SolarWorld USA for as low as $4.22 per watt (DC).

Federal tax credits and utility rebates could bring the cost down further. Lease and SolarLoan purchasing options are available through Martifer Solar’s financing partners. The result is immediate electric bill savings for qualified customers.

Advance registration is required at: GoSolar 2010 runs through Dec. 3rd.

Complimentary refreshments and hors d’oevres will be served starting at 6 p.m. Nov. 10, followed by a presentation and the workshop discussion.

The Green Life is at 2409 Main St., Santa Monica.