Friday the 26th annual Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival kicks off.  The crowd is expected to number 40,000 people for the award winning three-day festival at the Lake Skinner Recreation Area. If so this figure will match attendance in the past.  Along with balloon rides, wine tasting and music concerts this year will see a first, the "Go Green" section.  Event organizers are putting environmentally related vendors near the entrance of the festival.  City waste management and other entities will focus on recycling.  Solar providers including HelioPower will be there as well.

"Our solar energy consultants can help visitors determine whether their roof and electric usage is appropriate for solar power," said Scott Gordon, director of sales for HelioPower.  Scott is heading up a team of six HelioPower solar energy consultants to staff the booth. "Bring a Google Map printout of your home or building, which will show your roof top and copies of your electric bills to our booth," continued Scott.   "We'll talk with you on the spot to help you determine if you can do solar.  We're excited about this event and happy to be back."   HelioPower, founded in 2001 in Fallbrook, has participated in the event previously.