SEEDS offers Group Rate Pricing –  Cheaper by the half dozen – Six more roofs in our area will soon get solar power!!      

photo[1]SEEDS sponsored a DIY Solar workshop in April, conducted by Martin Young, an experienced local solar installer who got his original training from a SEEDS-sponsored course. The seminar was held Tuesdays – April 16th, 23rd and 30th in the Honesdale Park Street Complex from 7 – 9 pm each night. The workshop was free and open to the general public, and resulted in six orders for solar kits for our area!

The first night offered an overview of Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Solar , including costs, payback, and the return on a solar  investment.  Evaluation of sites for rooftop solar was also discussed, and tips about new smart phone apps that help with the evaluation, were shared. Martin also offered advice on how to create drawings which are required for township permitting.  Basically, the information required to make a decision about whether to proceed with a solar installation was covered. 64 people attended our first session.

During the second evening of the workshop, people began to do the actual work involved. All the equipment required to connect the inverters to panels, and panels to racking was there, including a solar panel, weighing approximately 45 pounds. Martin encouraged folks to pick it up and feel the weight of it. Loading these on to the roof top is one of the most difficult aspects of a DIY solar installation. Members of the SEEDS Solar Committee built a roof top section that was used for demonstration. Participants went through the process of mounting the rack and panel.  Martin provided many helpful tips during the workshop, including several comic anecdotes from the many installation projects he has worked on. The workshop was very informative and engaging.  SEEDS provided baked goods and an atmosphere for friends to begin to collaborate.  Nearly 40 people were in attendance for the second night, and friendships were starting to form. A couple of folks were offering their help with another’s installation in exchange for help with their own.

The third and final session was a more intimate discussion among the remaining 23 attendees who were interested in making a DIY Solar Installation kit purchase. Martin addressed individual questions, and talked about the future of solar. It was his opinion that the current technology and efficiency in solar panels will not be outdated for years to come. It was emphasized that the decision to install solar is very much a financial one, and the return on the investment of the outlay of money for solar power was reviewed. Martin explained how he could help those ready to purchase now by shopping for the group’s total number of panels, rather than folks buying their own individual kits.   Six people signed up for 14 panel Do-It-Yourself Solar kits. That is a total of 84 panels, which Martin can price more competitively than a smaller order.  This group of 6 will join an online forum to communicate with each other throughout the installation process, sharing advice and helpful hints.  Six other participants who were not quite ready to order, already signed up for a potential second round of orders.

It was an exciting and successful workshop that provided not only a group rate purchase price opportunity, but also provided group support and camaraderie.

More Solar Photovoltaic (PV) panels on homes in our area helps promote renewable energy here, and helps homeowners with their energy costs.  Toward this end,  SEEDS hopes to continue to offer this workshop every year, or twice a year, if there is enough demand.  SEEDS will also be making training videos, and improving our workshops based on feedback from those who attended.  SEEDS would like to thank all who attended, Martin Young for the time and effort put into this series, and The Conservation District office for providing a wonderful space for this workshop.

For any questions on future solar workshops, or our upcoming free home energy assessments this summer, please contact the SEEDS office at (570) 245-1256 or email info@seedgroup.net

 

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   The local non-profit group SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education & Development Support) announces the hiring of its first Executive Director, Jocelyn Cramer. Jocelyn comes to SEEDS from a varied background in theatre, and human resource and business management.  She was chosen from a field of highly qualified applicants for her proven administrative and fundraising abilities, her enthusiasm for the work SEEDS does, and her outgoing personality.

“We are very excited about this next phase in the life of SEEDS,” said Katharine Dodge, the current Chair. “We think that Jocelyn’s management and people skills coupled with her understanding of the need for a more sustainable approach to energy use and conservation spell a bright future for SEEDS.”

Jocelyn Cramer was born and raised inDalton,PennsylvaniainLackawannaCounty. Her father is a local piano teacher, and Jocelyn developed a lifelong love of music and the arts. She attended The State University of New York in Binghamton, where she received a Bachelor of the Arts in Theatre, and went on to conservatory training at Trinity Rep Conservatory in Providence, Rhode Island. She started her first theatre production company in Boston and directed or acted in every production while simultaneously leading all fundraising, marketing and publicity efforts for the fledgling company.

After several years she moved to New York City and soon started the award – winning Ground Floor Theatre Lab, serving as Executive Director for over seven years. The theatre company operated out of a former public school building on Manhattan’s lower east side. Jocelyn led all fundraising, marketing, press and production efforts. When the Ground Floor Theatre was placed on the public auction block, Jocelyn decided to round out her skills by pursuing a business career, accepting a management position with a human resource company in midtownManhattan, where she was promoted to the position of VP of Operations. She oversaw payroll, benefits, and immigration compliance. She was the Client Manager for new accounts, wrote and produced all marketing materials, planned all business travel and recruiting events, including a two week executive recruiting trip to South Korea in the fall of 2002, where she and several of her business colleagues launched a recruitment pipeline with South Korea’s equivalent of our US Department of Labor.

During her years inNew York, Jocelyn also volunteered with the International Refugee Committee and theInternationalCenter.

In 2005, Jocelyn was hired by one of the Board of Directors at Bear Stearns and Co., to provide administrative and project support to his department. When the firm was acquired by JP Morgan Chase in 2008, Jocelyn was offered an administrative and project support role.

Jocelyn chose to resign from JP Morgan Chase three years later, moving back to northeastern PA in the summer of 2011. She married Michael Rollison ofLakeAriel, whom she had met the year before.  She soon became involved with SEEDS as a volunteer and was inspired to apply for the Executive Director position.

2013 is the fifth year of the SEEDS organization and it promises to be a very productive one. Do-It-Yourself Solar workshops, the continuation of our Wayne Businesses Conserve program and our free home energy assessment program, The Energy Awareness Action Movement – TEAAM, will be among our priorities.

“I am proud to serve with our passionate SEEDS Board of Directors and members,” says Jocelyn. “I encourage residents and businesses alike to come visit our new office on the second floor of The Cooperage Building, at1030 Main Streetin downtown Honesdale.”

 

Office Hours are: Mondays 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 pm; Wednesdays 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm and evenings and Saturdays by appointment only.

 

Please contact Jocelyn at jocelyn@seedsgroup.net for more information or to become a SEEDS member today!

 

Executive Director

SEEDS of Northeastern PA

Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support

www.seedsgroup.net

 

Energy Efficient Lighting for Your Business

On Tuesday January 29th at The Cooperage at 11:00

This event was co-sponsored by SEEDS and Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance (NEPA) , and partially funded by PPL.

40 guests representing businesses and nonprofit organizations from all over our area attended our lighting efficiency seminar to learn about reducing their operating costs by making lighting and other energy upgrades. Guest speakers included Energy Manager John Politis from Schaedler Yesco, who talked about lighting products and assessments. Brian Stafford, who represented PPL’s E-power program talked about the incentives and rebates available for lighting upgrades, and Kurt Bauman of NEPA  shared specifics of several area businesses who have already saved a great deal of energy and money.  We were thrilled to have such a high level of interest in this topic, and see so many turn out for this seminar. SEEDS would like to thank all who took time from their busy schedules to attend. Many of  our attendees indicated that they would act on the information they gathered this day, and SEEDS will keep the community updated with any success stories that result.

SEEDS would like to thank our hosts at The Cooperage, and Ant Hill Farms for the delicious luncheon they provided.

Bold Gold media also aired an interview with Michele and new Executive Director, Jocelyn Cramer on Sunday before the seminar. Click on the link below to listen to the podcast.

http://waynepikenews.podomatic.com/entry/2013-01-25T10_40_49-08_00

 

 

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Exciting Donation!

Joann Morsch, Secretary of WAYNE/SUSQUEHANNA R.E.S.C.U.E., presented SEEDS with a check for $20,000.00 to further its mission of developing local renewable energy infrastructure and promoting more sustainable living in our area. Accepting the check are (left) Kathy Dodge, current chair of SEEDS, and Michele Sands, past chair.