Make Your Own Solar Class




March 13-14, 2010    9am to 4pm    SARASOTAFL

In this workshop you will help assemble a 60 Watt photovoltaic (PV) module for producing electricity. We will be making one or more 60 watt modules, which are capable of charging 12 volt batteries and thus are a good start for a RV, cabin, or small home PV system. In the afternoon of the first day and the morning of the second day, we will also make a solar oven using simple, recycled materials. These ovens are designed for the climate and latitude of Florida.

Instructor Richard Komp, PhD, has researched and experimented with solar and other renewable energy technologies for 50 years. His off-the-grid house that he built by himself in Jonesport, Maine, is decked out with photovoltaics, solar thermal hot water and rain water catchments. He hasn't paid electric bills for 21 years. Dr. Komp is the author of several books including Practical Photovoltaics, Revised 2rd Editionwhich has been called "the easiest and most complete education on photovoltaics." He is the Director/Co-founder of Skyheat Associates, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting public awareness of the need for energy conservation and solar energy.  He is President of Maine Solar Energy Association ( ) and Sunwatt Corporation. Dr. Komp spends most of his time as a volunteer to third world countries helping those with no income or electricity to become energy and economically self-sufficient. He has pioneered PV module production as a cottage industry in NicaraguaHaitiPeruMaliRwanda, and Pakistan.

Dr. Komp will sell copies of his backyard solar guide The Maine Solar Primer ($10) which illustrates passive solar design, solar water heater, solar oven, and solar food dehydrator.  He will discuss adaptations for Florida.

Where: 3407 Gerhardt StSarasota 34237

Cost: $120 for 2 days ($80 for 1 day). Lunch, with vegan option, included.

Limit 20 participants. Pre-register to reserve your space in workshop. Provide your name, phone number, e-mail with your check made payable to Skyheat Associates and send to Nina Raymond, 3750 Afton WaySarasotaFL 34233. The PV modules we make at workshop can be purchased at a discount.

This workshop will also be presented March 20-21 in Gainesville, FL. Additional solar workshops inFlorida can be arranged for March 15-18 and March 22-26. For more information, contact Rich Komp or Nina Raymond at, (941) 468-0427, SarasotaFL.

Note: Bring your recent electric bill to the workshop. For the benefit of those of us who are chemical sensitive, please avoid wearing strong fragrance products such as Irish Spring/Coast soap, cologne, hair spray, Tide, Gain, Bounce, Downy, etc.

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