Are your PG&E bills starting to look a little too costly? Ride the renewable energy wave! This beginner class will provide the basic expertise needed to get a small solar project up and running. We will look at simple systems including solar electricity, solar water heating, and small-scale wind systems.
The class will be divided into two parts. The first section will be a lecture that introduces students to the basic concepts and vocabulary of solar engineering. The second part will be a demonstration of how a solar-powered light should be installed in an outdoor setting (specifically, our chicken coop).
Some specific topics covered will be: building remote solar lighting systems, installing a solar pump for a pond, understanding various panel configurations (including stand-alone and grid-tied systems), solar food dehydrating, solar cookers, easy battery charging for laptops and phones (for when the power goes out), micro hydro, and micro wind. Today it is easy to purchase state-of-the-art solar components almost anywhere; more difficulty lies in understanding the design fundamentals. Come spend a few hours learning the basics from a professional so that you can bring the power of the sun into your yard, too!
Instructor Thomas Wittman has been using solar power in many various forms since 1982 when he lived in an “off the grid” community. He has also designed, lectured, and built systems for the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
ALL CLASSES ARE HELD RAIN OR SHINE!
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