Thursday, April 21st, 2011 7pm-9pm Wayne Conservation District Office in 648 Park Street, Honesdale PA 18431

sfDo it yourself energy conservation; Solar PV training, Solar thermal training

Well, Spring is here and SEEDS is busy doing what SEEDS does. Here are a few of the exciting things we’ve got lined up:

Free Educational Forum on Do It Yourself Energy Conservation
April 21, 7-9PM
at the Park Street Conservation Complex in Honesdale

If you came in February to our forum, you’ll remember that the folks at PPL got carried away with giving us so much good information about their energy efficiency programs, that Cyril Mansperger, local green-minded resident, never got to give his in-depth presentation on the simple things you can at home to become more environmentally friendly and energy efficient.

In addition to Cyril’s talk, we will have an expert on hand to discuss possibilities for grants and funding for larger-scaled renewable energy projects you may want to do at your home, farm, or business.

As usual, there will be a free will offering, along with baked goods and refreshments.

Solar Thermal: Installation and Maintenance Training
May 6-9, $300

SEEDS will be offering a course on installing and maintaining a Solar Thermal system, in cooperation with the Wayne County Conservation office. The first two days will consist of classroom instruction; the final two days will be spent on-site installing a solar thermal system in a local home. Those interested should have some experience in plumbing, electricity, or HVAC.

The course will be taught by Chuck Marken, a New Mexico license plumber, electrician, and HVAC contractor. He has been installing and servicing solar thermal systems since 1979. Hundreds of hands on jobs include batch solar water heaters, thermosyphon systems, closed loop antifreeze systems, drainback systems, solar heating systems integrated into radiant floors, solar air collectors and solar pool heating systems. He is the Thermal Editor for Home Power Magazine. Chuck has taught solar heating and hot water workshops for Solar Energy International and throughout the US.

Registration is required and courses fill up quickly, so call or e-mail us as early as you can.

Solar PV Installation and Maintenance
June 3-5, $175

Roy Butler returns for our third Solar PV Installation and Maintenance Training. This course sells out quickly whenever we offer it, so please contact us early if you are interested in taking the course. Roy Butler is a NABCEP certified installer of Solar PV. His company is called Four Winds Renewable Energy.

The course will provide the participants with the basic knowledge of how to properly site, size, specify, install and maintain a residential PV system. The course is designed around the NABCEP Objectives and Task Analysis for the Solar Photovoltaic System Installer, the foundation document for the NABCEP PV Installer Certification program.

March 10th from 7 to 9 PM
You are invited to hear about a new super-energy-efficient “green” school being planned for the Western Wayne School District. The program will be on Tuesday, March 10th from 7 to 9 PM at the Park Street Complex in Honesdale (the old Stourbridge School).
Western Wayne School District Superintendent Andrew Falonk will be there along with the architects of the new school, to explain its special features. The school will conform to the LEEDS silver certification as established by the US Green Building Council. The plans include stringent standards for indoor air quality, water efficiency, energy consumption, and materials and resources choices. This will be one of the few schools in the country to achieve this standard, serving as a model for other school districts.
This program is part of a continuing series of forums sponsored by SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education & Development Support). It is open to all.
“We encourage representatives of other school districts to attend this program,” says Michele Sands, Chair of SEEDS. “This effort by Western Wayne is sending a message to the students and the community that the District takes environmental stewardship very seriously. What a great teaching tool!”
The school will use an on-site Living Machine® (Worrell Water Technologies) system to treat its waste. This “wetland in a greenhouse” mimics the natural filtering and purifying power of a wetland. Other features include a rooftop garden that saves energy, and passive solar design to take advantage of natural lighting, cutting energy use. A geothermal system will heat and cool the building.
Anyone wishing more information about this forum or about other SEEDS activities, may contact us at (570) 224-0052 or by e-mail at

Second Course Offered in Installing and Maintaining Solar Electric Systems
Facilitating Local power and Local jobs, from the Sun

A solar photovoltaic (PV) training course is being offered to contractors by the group SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education & Development Support). It will run from Wednesday, March 25 to Friday, March 27 at the Park Street Complex in Honesdale, PA (former Stourbridge School). This three-day course is limited to15 attendees, and will run from 9 am to 4 pm with an hour for lunch. The cost will be $175. To register, interested persons may call 570-224-0052.
This is the second solar PV course being offered by SEEDS due to popular demand. The first course in January was quickly filled with a waiting list.
The course will include siting, sizing, installation techniques, codes, NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Professionals) certification requirements, use of the Solar Pathfinder and its accompanying software, grid-tie and off-grid systems, and much more.
The instructor will again be Roy Butler, owner of Four Winds Renewable Energy in Arkport, NY. He holds a PV (photovoltaic) certification by NABCEP, and is a NYSERDA (New York Energy Research & Development Authority) eligible installer of wind and PV grid tie electric systems in NY State. He has more than 12 years of design and installation experience, covering grid-tie, and off-grid wind electric, solar electric and solar water pumping systems. He has installed over 200 renewable energy systems for home, farm and industry.
Butler is on the NABCEP Technical Review Committees for PV and wind installer certification, and a technical editor for Home Power Magazine. When he is not out designing and installing renewable energy systems for Four Winds, Butler is teaching at Ulster County Community College, Alfred State College of Technology, and at many workshops throughout the nation.
SEEDS is also implementing a mentoring program for solar PV graduates to obtain hands-on training under a certified installer. The group is also planning a solar hot water or thermal course for May.
“We are sponsoring all this training to ensure local jobs for local people in the renewable energy industry,” says SEEDS chair Michele Sands. “Unstable energy costs and unstable availability make renewable energy training a win-win choice for our community. We really need local people to install and maintain these systems.”
SEEDS is a local non-profit corporation committed to developing a renewable energy infrastructure and promoting more sustainable living in our area. The group is in the process of filing for federal non-profit 501c3 status. To further its aims, SEEDS is working with Penn State extension offices in Pike and Wayne, the Wayne Conservation District, the Pocono Northeast Resource Conservation and Development Council of the US Department of Agriculture, the Pike Wayne Conservation Partnership and the Northeast Pennsylvania Audubon Society.
Since July of 2008, SEEDS has sponsored a series of public forums on Wind, Water Power & Conservation, Forest Fuels, Energy Auditing for Home and Farm, Solar, Geothermal, Do-It-Yourself Energy Efficiency, and PPL’s Smart Metering program.
For more information about SEEDS courses and forums e-mail us at SEEDSGroup@gmail, or call Michele at (570) 224-0052.


Tuesday, February 10th, 2011 7pm-9pm Wayne Conservation District Office in 648 Park Street, Honesdale PA 18431

“Do It Yourself” Energy Conservation

A forum discussing affordable and simple fixes to improve your home’s energy efficiency will be held on Tuesday, February 10th from 7to 9 PM at the Park Street Complex (former Stourbridge school) in Honesdale. The forum is sponsored by the group SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support) and is open to all. There will be a free-will offering and refreshments.

Cyril Mansperger, a green-minded local home-owner with experience in electrical, plumbing, and insulation will give a break-down of items, their applications, costs, and places to acquire them. These will be specific fixes almost anyone can do to help boost efficiency in the home. Ways to analyze energy losses will also be discussed.

Joseph Mezlo, Manager of Customer Programs and Communications at PPL, will also talk about home energy conservation and will explain “smart metering,” an energy analyzer that is now available to every PPL customer.

“This forum will be useful to the homeowner who is not yet ready or able to purchase a more costly renewable energy system,” says Michele Sands, Chairperson of SEEDS. “In these tight economic times, anything we can do to lower our utility bills will be welcome.”

This is the first forum of 2009 in a continuing series of sustainable energy events sponsored by SEEDS whose mission is to promote sustainable energy and sustainable living in our local communities.

The March 10th forum will present the exciting plans for a “green” school in Hamlin. The April 21st forum will feature what’s on the cutting edge of the renewable energy horizon.

For more information, the group may be contacted at 570-224-0052 or


Educational Forum about Geothermal Heating and Cooling
There will be an educational forum on geothermal heating and cooling on Tuesday, December 16th from 7 to 9 PM at the Park Street Complex (former Stourbridge school) in Honesdale. The forum is sponsored by the group SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support) and is open to all. There will be a free-will offering and refreshments.
Geothermal systems use the constant temperature of the subsurface of the earth coupled with a heat exchanger and compressor to provide heating and cooling. A growing number of homes in our area are now using this technology.

Two geothermal installers will explain how geothermal works. Ed Spall of T.E. Spall & Son of Carbondale, an award-winning, full-service heating and air conditioning company with twenty-three years of experience, will give an overview of the technology, including closed loop vertical and horizontal systems. Toni Lynch of Better World Building in Bangor, PA, will explain an open loop system. Toni 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.

Local homeowners will also share their experiences with geothermal. Jim and Pat Sanders have lived with a vertical closed loop system for several years. Bob Rutledge is in the process of installing a horizontal system for his new home in Galilee.

This is the sixth 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 will be a one day workshop on Saturday, January 10th open to the general public about installing wind and solar systems. This will be followed by two three-day workshops later in January for trades people to start training to become installers of small-scale solar and wind systems. To make reservations for these, call Michele Sands at (570)224-0052.

A February 10th forum will feature “do-it-yourself” energy conservation and PPL smart metering. The March 10th forum will present the exciting plans for a “green” school in Hamlin. April 21st will feature what’s on the cutting edge of the renewable energy horizon.
For more information, the group may be contacted at 570-224-0052 or