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SolarOregon hosting solar workshops throughout state September 26, 2009

Filed under: Oregon,Solar — nwrenewablenews @ 12:39 pm
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These are all very low cost workshops, about $5 each.

Residential Basics of Going Solar

This free workshop covers the basics of why solar is a smart choice for Oregon homeowners. Current financial incentives may cover 70-80% of the cost. We will show how well solar works in Oregon’s climate, identify available solar technologies and financial incentives, and discuss how to go about choosing a contractor. Participants will come away with basic knowledge about solar energy systems and will be prepared to do more focused research on their own, or start working with a contractor right away.

Next workshops:
Astoria :: Oct 1 :: Baked Alaska
Coos Bay :: Oct 3 :: Southwest Oregon Community College
Portland :: Oct 13 :: Umpqua Bank South Waterfront Store
Portland :: Nov 18 :: Black Bird Wine Shop

Commercial Basics of Going Solar

This free workshop covers the basics of why solar is a smart choice for Oregon businesses. Current financial incentives may cover up to 90% (or more) of the cost. We will show how well solar works in Oregon’s climate, identify available solar technologies and financial incentives, and discuss how to go about choosing a contractor. Participants will come away with basic knowledge about solar energy systems and will be prepared to do more focused research on their own, or start working with a contractor right away.

Next workshops:
Beaverton :: Oct 6 :: Vernier Software
Portland :: Nov 4 :: East Portland Community Center

How to Buy a Solar Hot Water System

Solar hot water systems are among the most cost-effective home energy improvements available. Thanks to numerous financial incentives, hot water systems are the best first step toward “Going Solar”. At this informative workshop you will learn about site analysis, solar hot water technology, system sizing, performance, incentives and case studies.

Next workshop:
(To be announced)

How to Buy a Solar Electric (PV) System

Solar Electric systems convert sunlight into electricity, allowing you to power your home and even sell energy back to the grid. This 3 hour workshop covers PV technology, site analysis, system sizing, performance parameters, and financial incentives and local case studies.

Next workshop:
(To be announced)

Passive Solar Building Design

A practical “how to” workshop for builders, designers and individuals who are planning to design or build a passive solar home.  You gain an understanding about the natural processes that underlie passive solar design and how building orientation, architecture and construction materials take advantage of these natural processes to provide a significant portion of a home’s space heating, cooling and daylighting. You will also learn to calculate how much glazing and thermal storage you will need and how to meet the requirements for the $1500 Oregon State Residential Energy Tax Credit.

Next workshop:
(To be announced)

For more info: http://solaroregon.org/workshops

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