An Educational Forum about Solar Technologies…

 

There will be an educational forum on solar technologies on Tuesday, November 18th from 7 to 9 PM at the Park Street Complex (former Stourbridge school) in Honesdale. Solar electric and hot water systems will be discussed by solar installers Toni Lynch, owner of Better World Building in Bangor, PA, and Tim Hollinger, energy consultant with SunLion Energy Systems, Inc. located in Lancaster County, PA. Also, local farmers Ira Curtis and Dick Riseling will share their personal experiences with solar systems in use on their farms. The Curtis family in Sterling has had solar hot water radiant energy for fifteen years. Mr. Riseling from Applepond Farm in NY, installed both thermal and photovoltaic systems about seven years ago.

“Solar energy is the source of all power on earth,” says Michele Sands, the Chair of SEEDS, which is sponsoring the event. “It makes sense here in Wayne County to go directly to that source,” she says.“Wouldn’t it be great to bypass the big energy companies and get our own energy directly from the sun?”

Toni Lynch will discuss solar thermal systems for hot water and radiant heating. He has been in the alternative energy business for more than 15 years. He advocates an integrated green approach for living sustainably, focusing on super-insulated building envelopes with geothermal heating and cooling systems powered by solar or wind technology to lead to a zero energy home. Lynch helped develop the United Cerebral Palsy Apartment project in Tewksberry NJ. Its integrated green technology has a minus monthly electric bill and is capable of generating over $15,000 yearly income for the owners.

Tim Hollinger, sales manager and energy consultant for SunLion Energy systems, will talk about Solar photovoltaic systems for electric power. Certified by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP), Tim has an extensive knowledge of photovoltaic (solar electric) and solar hot water systems.

This is the fifth in a series of sustainable energy events sponsored by SEEDS, a group of local people interested in promoting and investing in renewable energy for the community. The next event on Tuesday, December 16th will feature geothermal systems.

All are welcome. There will be a free-will offering and refreshments.

For more information, the group may be contacted at 570-224-0052 orSEEDSGroup@gmail.com.

 

An Educational Forum on
ENERGY AUDITS
for Home and Farm
The forum will take place on Tuesday, October 14, at the Damascus Township Community Center, from 7 to 9pm.

The Community Center is at 60 Conklin Hill Road (off 371, near the Cochecton Delaware River Bridge) in Damascus, PA.

This is the third forum in our continuing series of educational events focusing on renewable energy. The program will feature three fascinating speakers discussing the energy potential that lies literally right in our own backyards:

– Nick Hindley, owner of Environspec Ltd. in Honesdale, on the how and why of home energy audits

– Lee Reinhardt, northeast regional director for the National Center for Appropriate Technology, on farm energy audits and a training program for those considering a related career

There will be a question & answer session. Coffee and other refreshments will be served. There will be a free-will offering for this forum. All are welcome. And keep checking back for information about future educational forums. We have Solar coming up on November 18; and Geothermal coming up on December 16.

An Educational forum on….
FOREST FUELS

The forum will take place on Tuesday, September 16, 2008, at the Damascus Township Community Center, from 7 to 9pm.

The Community Center is at 60 Conklin Hill Road (off 371, near the Cochecton Delaware River Bridge) in Damascus, PA.

This is the third forum in our continuing series of educational events focusing on renewable energy. The program will feature three fascinating speakers discussing the energy potential that lies literally right in our own backyards:
-Robin Wildemuth of Woodland Management Services will discuss the various sources of raw material for wood energy, the different applications for recovering that energy, and associated environmental and economic issues.
-Don Twining of Rock Creek Lumber will talk about his experience integrating a wood pellet manufacturing plant into his sawmill operation.
-Ryan Koch, Coordinator of the USDA Pocono Northeast Natural Resources Conservation District, will discuss the Pennsylvania Fuels for Schools & Beyond program.

There will a question & answer session. Coffee and other refreshments will be served. There will be a free-will offering for this forum. All are welcome.

And keep checking back for information about future educational forums. We have Energy Auditing coming up on October 14; Solar coming up on November 18; and Geothermal coming up on December 16.

In additional to our series of renewable energy educational forums, we are also sponsoring an ongoing series of home and hearth workshops. These workshops are designed in the spirit of self-sufficiency and great local sustainability. The new two are:

-September 27: Seeds Saving
Learn how to save seeds from your own garden! Saving your own seeds not only saves you money and enhances your level of sufficiency, but goes a long way to preserving the rich and vigorous agricultural heritage our region is blessed with. The suggested donation is $20.

-October 4: Fermented Foods
Fermented foods are critical to good health. This workshop is an opportunity to learn more about the significant health benefits of fermented foods (enhanced digestability, increased vitamin capacity, and more) and to learn how to prepare your own fermented foods at home. The suggested donation is $20.

Home and Hearth events take place at Clearwater Acres, Jo Clearwater’s organic farm in Damascus, PA. Please call 570-253-0429 or e-mail early to reserve your spot as space is limited. Directions to the farm will be provided upon reservation.

RENEWABLE ENERGY FORUM 2: WATER CONSERVATION

The forum will be held on Tuesday, August 19, from 7 to 9 pm at the Damascus Township Community Center

The second forum in our continuing renewable energy series will focus on the topic of water conservation. Water is our most important natural resource and on Tuesday, August 19th, from 7 to 9 pm, a group of people will gather at the Damascus Township Community Center to discuss a variety of ideas about caring for one of nature’s most precious gifts to us.

Brian Smith, dairy farmer and Wayne County Commissioner, will speak about an innovative solar-powered watering system for cattle that some local farmers are finding to be a cost-effective and eco-friendly approach to caring for their animals.

Rick Brinkman, of Alternative Energy Supply in Hamlin, will speak about a range of home applications to conserve water including graywater systems and rain collection.

The community center is at 60 CONKILL HILL ROAD, (off 371, near the Cochector Delaware River Bridge) DAMASCUS, PA 18415.

Upcoming Events
Our series of renewable energy forums will continue through the end of the year. Check the calendar to your right for a list of what we’ve got planned.

We are also planning a series of home and hearth workshops to provide information about reconnecting with nature, identifying healing plants and herbs, growing your own food and medicine, preserving your harvest, and making your own household cleaners from scratch. The first two events are planned for later this month and will take place at Jo Clearwater’s farm in Damascus, PA. Please wear long sleeves (ideally white), no perfumes, and shoes comfortable for being in the woods or with animals in the meadows. E-mail us (SEEDSGroup@gmail.com) for directions to Jo’s farm and to reserve your spot at the home and hearth workshops:
GETTING TO KNOW NATURE: Saturday, August 23, 7:30 to 10 am (suggestion donation of $15)
HERBAL WORKSHOP: Saturday, August 30, 5:30 to 8 pm(suggested donation of $20)

RENEWABLE ENERGY FORUM 1: WIND

Join us for the first in a series of renewable energy forums sponsored by SEEDS. At this forum we will focus on the topic of wind energy. We will be joined by an educator from Penn State, a local dairy farmer with a 3 year old turbine, and a local zoning officer. There will also be educational material available to take home.

If you’ve ever considered the possibility of residential wind power for your home or farm or if you are just curious about the potential of wind power as an alternative source of energy for our changing times, come meet with us to hear all about it!

The forum will take place at the Damascus Township Community Center on July 15, from 7 to 9pm.

The community center is at 60 CONKILL HILL ROAD, (off 371, near the Cochector Delaware River Bridge) DAMASCUS, PA 18415.

SEEDS is a group of local individuals investing in renewable energy for the future of ourselves and the community. Other forums will focus on Forest Fuels, Solar Energy, Geothermal, Energy Audits, and Water Conservation.