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With the ever increasing costs of getting electrical service drops for projects, monthly fee's and the state allowing the power companies to shut-off the power whenever they want. Solar as the main power source is becoming a better and better choice for your landscape projects. Come learn about the anatomy of Landscape Irrigation Solar Solutions and the benefits of taking your projects off the grid.
1. Explain what solar power is in regards to irrigation systems
2. Discuss the Benefits of solar power
3. Discuss Costs and maintenance issues.
Mark Pedicone has been in the landscape irrigation industry here in Southern California for over 40 years. After attending Fullerton College, Mark graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a B.S. degree in Ornamental Horticulture. He had a short stint managing a retail nursery. Mark entered the landscape irrigation field when he was hired by the Irrometer Company to be their landscape irrigation specialist. In the three years that Mark worked for Irrometer, he had a chance to experience many aspects of the landscape irrigation trade in Southern California. He got to work with the leaders in landscape architecture, irrigation design, distribution and with many irrigation manufactures. During this time Mark was one of the original founding members of the Southern California Xeriscape Committee and served on that group for many years. Shortly there-after Mark was hired away from Irrometer to become the Southern California District Sales Manager for Rain Bird where he managed the largest irrigation market in the country for them. During his time as D.M. for Rain Bird he was awarded their District Manager of the Year award. Mark also served during this time as the President of the Southern California Turfgrass Council, an organization of landscape professionals involved in the turfgrass industry here in Southern California. After serving for over 5 years in this capacity he went on to become their commercial product manager in charge of development of all turf commercial products. He worked on such products as Maxicom, PE valves, Backflow, RainCad and IDA, 1800’s and VAN nozzles just to name a few. After serving as product manager for 6 years Mark left Rain Bird and worked as a Water Conservation Specialist working with numerous HOA’s and Property Management groups in Southern California helping them to develop water conservation plans and irrigation retrofit programs. Mark then went to work for Hydro-Scape Products where he started their Hydro- Safe/Specification division. He was directly responsible for the sales of some of the largest central control systems in this market including the City of Walnut, City of Irvine, La Dera Ranch, Los Flores to name a few. He was then promoted to General Sales Manager and served in that capacity managing a sales force of nearly 20 outside salesmen. From 2009 to 2016 Mark worked to help ET Water become one of the leaders in smart irrigation control systems as their Regional Sales Manager, Marketing Assistant, local Sales and Sales Suport, and helped to help develop their distribution business for the company. From 2016 to present Mark has been employed by Imperial Sprinkler Supply company and works within the Imperial Technical Services department as liaison between the division and manufacturers, as is their business development sales person working with cities, municipalities, HOA’s and others. In 2015 Mark was inducted into the prestigious Green Industry Hall of Fame where notables in the green industry are recognized for their lifetime achievement’s in the industry. Mark has spoken at many venues and organizations over the years including, but not limited to; Irrigation Association Southern California Xeriscape California Landscape Contractors Association Maintenance Superintendents Association Cal Poly Pomona Mt. SAC – Taught adult education irrigation design course Landscape Industry Show in Long Beach – multiple years C.P.R.S. Lake Arrowhead Training Symposium – multiple years