Almost exactly two years ago, SEEDS of Northeastern Pennsylvania partnered with the Lacawac Sanctuary to raise funds for a new solar photovoltaic (PV) system on their visitor center and laboratory building, with SEEDS volunteers providing the labor to install it. The nearly $12,000 of equipment required for the project was jointly funded by donations made to the Lacawac Foundation and SEEDS, thanks to the joint efforts of SEEDS’ then executive director Jocelyn Cramer, and Craig Lukatch, president of Lacawac.

To reap the full benefits of this project, SEEDS held its popular DIY Solar Installation Workshop in Lacawac on June 13th and 14th, providing attendees a very direct way to help the project and learn the basics of solar installation. Then on June 23rd, SEEDS invited volunteers who have taken the workshop (this year or any prior year) to help finish the system installation.

The following array wiring plan was proposed:

By the end of June, the installation of 28 solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on the south-facing roof of the Lacawac Sanctuary Visitors Center near Lake Ariel was completed. The 8.4-kilowatt capacity system was expected to provide nearly 90% of the annual electricity used in the building, which includes Lacawac Sanctuary’s main offices and biology research laboratory, saving them more than $1100 in yearly operating costs. As of today, the system produced 15.3MWh in two years, avoiding:

  • 3 lbs of SO2
  • 2 lbs of NOX
  • 1 ton of CO2
  • ¼ lbs of PM2.5

This project in the news:

SEEDS 2 Night DIY Solar Workshop – http://wayneconservation.org/Calendar.aspx?EID=1368&month=6&year=2018&day=29&calType=0

SEEDS volunteers power Lacawac center – https://riverreporter.com/stories/seeds-volunteers-power-lacawac-center,17517?

SEEDS Volunteers Power Lacawac Sanctuary Visitors Center – https://waynepikenews.com/seeds-volunteers-power-lacawac-sanctuary-visitors-center-p1737-178.htm

SEEDS volunteers power Lacawac Sanctuary Visitors Center – https://www.tricountyindependent.com/news/20180909/seeds-volunteers-power-lacawac-sanctuary-visitors-center

DIY Solar Workshop Includes Installation – https://www.pikechamber.com/newsletter-full.php?date=June%202018&newstid=1597

State Grants Awarded For Two Wayne County Recreation Projects – https://www.senatorbaker.com/2019/11/15/state-grants-awarded-for-two-wayne-county-recreation-projects/

Lacawac Receives $300,000 in Grants to Support its New Environmental Education Center and Programs – https://www.lacawac.org/news–events/lacawac-receives-300000-in-grants-to-support-its-new-environmental-education-center-and-programs


SEEDS is a non-profit 501.c.3 organization promoting energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable living in our region. Visit www.seedsgroup.net to join the SEEDS e-newsletter list to be notified of all upcoming forums and workshops. 

SEEDS thanks Gordon Smith of Renewable Energy Solutions, and Blair Buselli of Buselli Solutions for lending their expertise and experience to this project. Both serve on the SEEDS Advisory Committee and are licensed electricians and experienced solar installers in our region.

Let the sun shine! And learn how to store its energy!!

When you think of renewable energy, solar energy probably comes to mind. But once renewable energy is produced, we have to either use it immediately or save it for later. Batteries have become a great form of energy storage which can be installed at your home and work.

Come to hear industry professionals discuss and answer questions about how you can harness the sun at the SEEDS workshop, “How to Store the Sun for your Home or Business” on Tuesday, October 22, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM, at the Park Street Complex, in Honesdale, PA.

During “How to Store the Sun for your Home or Business” three expert presenters will cover current and emerging technologies, and practical applications.

Daniel Friberg, Sr Vice President of Engineering at Eos Energy Storage, a Zinc-Hybrid battery manufacturer, will discuss different applications for energy storage, including battery energy storage, and advantages and disadvantages of the available technologies.

Friberg is Sr. Vice President of Engineering at Eos Energy Storage, a Zinc-Hybrid battery manufacturer headquartered in Edison, NJ. In this role he is responsible for system design, engineering and integration of Eos Aurora Battery System. He has a strong technical background in battery integration, inverter technology, control systems and electrical engineering, with more than 25 years of experience working for leading electrical engineering companies such as ABB and Parker-Hannifin prior to joining Eos in 2017. Friberg has been working in the power electronics and grid integration business for more than fifteen years with focus on Energy Storage, and power quality applications. His engineering teams have designed, integrated and successfully deployed more than 300 megawatts of battery storage systems worldwide.

Andrew Drewchin, Founder of Gincgo, a Wilkes-Barre, PA firm building software for the renewable energy industry, will discuss the role of microgrids in our current energy economy and how they will become more common in the near future. Microgrids are independent energy systems that can disconnect from their electric utility without losing power. They are used by hospitals, college campuses, and US military bases. Although microgrids still rely on fossil fuels to produce power, as the technology continues to develop, fully renewable microgrids are beginning to shake up the market.

Since 2014, Drewchin has been working deeply within the renewable energy industry. Starting in sales, he quickly found himself working in an administrative role for Level Solar, New York’s largest residential installer at the time. He advanced to Director of Business Development for Inhabit Solar, which specialized in electric vehicle charging solar carports. It is there that he gained a deep appreciation for how renewable energy can be used to create hyper- resilient energy systems, such as microgrids, for homes, businesses, and transportation. Andrew now runs his own company, Gincgo.

Jim Sanders, a retired manufacturing manager who has a passion for renewable energy, will talk about the Tesla Powerwalls installed in his family’s 100% solar powered home. Sanders will present photos of the installation and a description of how the system works, as well as the reasons for choosing a battery backup instead of a generator.

Sanders and his wife, Pat, have installed geothermal heating in their home, and have grid tied solar panels powering all of their household needs, including their electric car. They have recently also installed two Tesla Powerwalls in lieu of a generator to serve as backup in case of power failure. Jim serves as a volunteer for SEEDS doing solar assessments and home energy consultations.

For more information, call (570) 245–1256 or email SEEDS Executive Director Sandy Long at Sandy@SeedsGroup.net. Suggested $10 donation at the door.

YES YOU CAN! We’ll Show You How.

Martin Springhetti celebrates the Solar Installation Project he accomplished with instruction from SEEDS.

Two Night Do-It-Yourself Solar Installation Workshop at Wallenpaupack High School

June 25 & 26th, 6-8 p.m. in the Cafeteria

  • Learn how solar works, how much it costs, and how much you can save!
  • Learn if your roof is well oriented to generate solar electricity
  • See and handle all the components and equipment, and learn how to install them properly
  • On-site demonstration and hands-on practice
  • Solar equipment may be ordered, if interested (not required)

All are welcome! No experience required. Please register below. Suggested $10.00 donation at the door.

Presenters Include:

Blair Buselli – PA/NY licensed electrician and NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) certified solar installer from Buselli Solutions, Beach Lake, PA.

Jack Barnett – A principal consultant in sustainability, solar, zero net-energy buildings, telecommunications technology and strategy; past chapter chair of the American Solar Society, and president of the local Clean Energy Co-Op.

ANOTHER REASON TO VISIT WAYNE COUNTY!   

  SEEDS Announces 2018 Do-It-Yourself Solar Workshop: June 13 &14 

This year’s 2 night workshop will include an actual solar installation at Lacawac Sanctuary. Attendees may participate in June 23 workday for further training. 

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Click HERE to register. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Learn how solar works and how much it costs
  • Learn if your roof is well positioned to generate solar electricity
  • On-site demonstration and hands-on practice
  • Solar orders may be placed if interested (not required)

2018 BONUS: Optional Installation Workday June 23  (rain date June 24)

Presenters Include:

Blair Buselli –  PA/NY approved & NABCEP Certified Installer (The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) of Buselli Solutions, Beach Lake, PA.

Jack Barnett – A principal consultant in sustainability, solar, zero net-energy buildings, telecommunications technology and strategy; Past chapter chair of the American Solar Society, & President of The Clean Energy Co-Op.

Registration is required plus suggested $10.00 donation.

Visit www.seedsgroup.net to register, or click HERE

SEEDS member, Martin Springhetti celebrates the completion of his DIY Solar Installation

 

To plan your stay in Wayne County,

Visit: www.visitwaynecounty.com

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ANOTHER SOLAR INSTALLATION AS A RESULT OF SEEDS DIY SOLAR WORKSHOPS!
Ed Zygmunt attended the SEEDS Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Solar Workshop this past June and took the leap in October after getting approval from Claverack Rural Electric Co-op, his utility in northwestern Lackawanna county. In November he completed the installation of eleven 305watt panels for 3.4kw of total capacity, with future plans to install 10 more panels. Ed says: “The do-it-yourself solar course gave me to confidence to finally say to myself ‘I can do this’. With their hands-on DIY class, SEEDS instructors Jack Barnett and Blair Buselli provided me the simple guidance I needed to finally take the plunge into renewable energy. Amber and I are eternally grateful to SEEDS for helping us carry our long-held dream 93 million miles to capture clean energy from the sun.”
(Claverack technician and Ed connect the solar system to the grid)
Congratulations to Amber and Ed!
SEEDS is hoping to hold our June 2018 DIY Solar Workshop actually on-site at a local non-profit where SEEDS volunteers will be installing a solar PV system. Look for more information on that coming soon!

2 Opportunities to see Solar Powered “Oscillation Film Festival” in Honesdale

Love nature and the environment? Love independent films? Love gathering with friends, old and new, and learning more about energy solutions that are shaping our future? Then you can’t miss this unique Film Festival and Solar Workshop – like you have never seen before!

SEEDS, Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support invites everyone to join us in welcoming visiting artists/environmentalists Austin Krause and Jessica Giacobbe of the Oscillation Film Festival  who are presenting 2 screenings of their solarized Film Festival in Honesdale this month. Each event will offer a 1 hour solar workshop that will provide insight on specifically how Oscillation Transia operates on solar energy, and a discussion on the applications of solar energy and a demonstration of their smaller photovoltaic systems. After a break, the evening concludes with a 90 minute film festival. The festival, created to inspire all of us to travel, explore and protect our planet, features 10 short films about travel and the natural environment.

All of the films in Oscillation Transia were hand-selected by Jess Giacobbe, the founder and director of the event, from over 500 submissions by directors around the world. Her artistic vision has guided Oscillation Transia to a 90 minute film screening featuring 10 experimental and documentary short films which showcase the themes of travel, nature, and movement. With films like “We Eat Fish?” about Alaskan Wildlife Preservation and “Love Me Forever” a film about life for Jamaican natives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1st Event: Saturday October 14th at The Himalayan Institute; 952 Bethany Turnpike; Honesdale, PA

Solar Workshop is from 5 pm – 6 pm. (Behind Main Building on grass near Wellness Center)

Film Screening at 8 pm  (On the sound of Music Hill)

Dinner can be purchased at The Institute.

NOT A RAIN OR SHINE EVENT, See check Facebook for updates:  https://www.facebook.com/oscillationtransiafilmfestival/?ref=br_rs

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second Event: Tuesday October 17th at Fox Hill Farms: 297 Fox Hill Road; Honesdale, PA

The Solar Workshop is from 5:30 – 6:30 pm. The film screening begins at 7:00 pm.

You can bring a picnic dinner. Please make sure to carry out anything you carry in.

This event can continue rain or shine.

 

Attendees are encouraged to bring warm clothes/blanket; reusable water bottles, as fresh water will be provided; notebook for the solar workshop and to jot down any inspiring thoughts you might have that evening; and your ideas! This is a place for learning and discussion and Oscillation Transia hosts want to hear about your own creative and Eco-conscious practices.

Oscillation Transia Film Festival is a non-profit organization, exploring the intersection of solar energy application and environmental awareness through the art of film. Their goal is to unite a diverse population of Americans by means of a free, open-to-the-public film festival where dreamers and allies of the future can come together to experience and discuss environmental awareness through low-impact outdoor cinema. Powered entirely off of solar energy, Oscillation Transia Film Festival exsits to show what is possible using green energy. For more info: www.oscillationtranisafilmfestival.com; View film trailer at https://www.oscillationtransiafilmfestival.com/featured-films

2 Opportunities to see Solar Powered “Oscillation Film Festival” in Honesdale

Love nature and the environment? Love independent films? Love gathering with friends, old and new, and learning more about energy solutions that are shaping our future? Then you can’t miss this unique Film Festival and Solar Workshop – like you have never seen before!

SEEDS, Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support invites everyone to join us in welcoming visiting artists/environmentalists Austin Krause and Jessica Giacobbe of the Oscillation Film Festival  who are presenting 2 screenings of their solarized Film Festival in Honesdale this month. Each event will offer a 1 hour solar workshop that will provide insight on specifically how Oscillation Transia operates on solar energy, and a discussion on the applications of solar energy and a demonstration of their smaller photovoltaic systems. After a break, the evening concludes with a 90 minute film festival. The festival, created to inspire all of us to travel, explore and protect our planet, features 10 short films about travel and the natural environment.

All of the films in Oscillation Transia were hand-selected by Jess Giacobbe, the founder and director of the event, from over 500 submissions by directors around the world. Her artistic vision has guided Oscillation Transia to a 90 minute film screening featuring 10 experimental and documentary short films which showcase the themes of travel, nature, and movement. With films like “We Eat Fish?” about Alaskan Wildlife Preservation and “Love Me Forever” a film about life for Jamaican natives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1st Event: Saturday October 14th at The Himalayan Institute; 952 Bethany Turnpike; Honesdale, PA

Solar Workshop is from 5 pm – 6 pm. (Behind Main Building on grass near Wellness Center)

Film Screening at 8 pm  (On the sound of Music Hill)

Dinner can be purchased at The Institute.

NOT A RAIN OR SHINE EVENT, See check Facebook for updates:  https://www.facebook.com/oscillationtransiafilmfestival/?ref=br_rs

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second Event: Tuesday October 17th at Fox Hill Farms: 297 Fox Hill Road; Honesdale, PA

The Solar Workshop is from 5:30 – 6:30 pm. The film screening begins at 7:00 pm.

You can bring a picnic dinner. Please make sure to carry out anything you carry in.

This event can continue rain or shine.

 

Attendees are encouraged to bring warm clothes/blanket; reusable water bottles, as fresh water will be provided; notebook for the solar workshop and to jot down any inspiring thoughts you might have that evening; and your ideas! This is a place for learning and discussion and Oscillation Transia hosts want to hear about your own creative and Eco-conscious practices.

Oscillation Transia Film Festival is a non-profit organization, exploring the intersection of solar energy application and environmental awareness through the art of film. Their goal is to unite a diverse population of Americans by means of a free, open-to-the-public film festival where dreamers and allies of the future can come together to experience and discuss environmental awareness through low-impact outdoor cinema. Powered entirely off of solar energy, Oscillation Transia Film Festival exsits to show what is possible using green energy. For more info: www.oscillationtranisafilmfestival.com; View film trailer at https://www.oscillationtransiafilmfestival.com/featured-films

2 Opportunities to see Solar Powered “Oscillation Film Festival” in Honesdale

Love nature and the environment? Love independent films? Love gathering with friends, old and new, and learning more about energy solutions that are shaping our future? Then you can’t miss this unique Film Festival and Solar Workshop – like you have never seen before!

SEEDS, Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support invites everyone to join us in welcoming visiting artists/environmentalists Austin Krause and Jessica Giacobbe of the Oscillation Film Festival  who are presenting 2 screenings of their solarized Film Festival in Honesdale this month. Each event will offer a 1 hour solar workshop that will provide insight on specifically how Oscillation Transia operates on solar energy, and a discussion on the applications of solar energy and a demonstration of their smaller photovoltaic systems. After a break, the evening concludes with a 90 minute film festival. The festival, created to inspire all of us to travel, explore and protect our planet, features 10 short films about travel and the natural environment.

All of the films in Oscillation Transia were hand-selected by Jess Giacobbe, the founder and director of the event, from over 500 submissions by directors around the world. Her artistic vision has guided Oscillation Transia to a 90 minute film screening featuring 10 experimental and documentary short films which showcase the themes of travel, nature, and movement. With films like “We Eat Fish?” about Alaskan Wildlife Preservation and “Love Me Forever” a film about life for Jamaican natives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1st Event: Saturday October 14th at The Himalayan Institute; 952 Bethany Turnpike; Honesdale, PA

Solar Workshop is from 5 pm – 6 pm. (Behind Main Building on grass near Wellness Center)

Film Screening at 8 pm  (On the sound of Music Hill)

Dinner can be purchased at The Institute.

NOT A RAIN OR SHINE EVENT, See check Facebook for updates:  https://www.facebook.com/oscillationtransiafilmfestival/?ref=br_rs

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second Event: Tuesday October 17th at Fox Hill Farms: 297 Fox Hill Road; Honesdale, PA

The Solar Workshop is from 5:30 – 6:30 pm. The film screening begins at 7:00 pm.

You can bring a picnic dinner. Please make sure to carry out anything you carry in.

This event can continue rain or shine.

 

Attendees are encouraged to bring warm clothes/blanket; reusable water bottles, as fresh water will be provided; notebook for the solar workshop and to jot down any inspiring thoughts you might have that evening; and your ideas! This is a place for learning and discussion and Oscillation Transia hosts want to hear about your own creative and Eco-conscious practices.

Oscillation Transia Film Festival is a non-profit organization, exploring the intersection of solar energy application and environmental awareness through the art of film. Their goal is to unite a diverse population of Americans by means of a free, open-to-the-public film festival where dreamers and allies of the future can come together to experience and discuss environmental awareness through low-impact outdoor cinema. Powered entirely off of solar energy, Oscillation Transia Film Festival exsits to show what is possible using green energy. For more info: www.oscillationtranisafilmfestival.com; View film trailer at https://www.oscillationtransiafilmfestival.com/featured-films

 

 

Martin attended a SEEDS DIY Solar Workshop, then installed it himself

SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education & Development Support) is sponsoring our annual FREE Do-it-Yourself two-night Solar Workshop from 7 to 9 PM on Tuesday June 20th and Wednesday June 21st at the Wayne Conservation District in the Park Street Complex; 648 Park Street in Honesdale, near the Wayne Memorial Hospital. This is the fifth year that SEEDS has offered this workshop, one of our most popular, helping to increase the number of solar systems in our region.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Click HERE to register, or call 570-245-1256.

This hands-on workshop is for anyone interested in learning more about solar energy, especially if you may wish to install your own solar photovoltaic (PV)—electric generating—array.   No experience is necessary attend this workshop, nor is there any obligation to make a solar purchase.

Just come, listen, ask questions and learn why so many people are producing their own electricity!

Manufacturing costs of solar panels have dropped over 50% in the past few years, and installing them yourself makes generating your own power even more affordable. There are still federal tax incentive available and this information will be shared.  Several owners of these systems will be present to talk about their experiences.

NIGHT 1

The first session will include an overview of PV installation, along with the economics, including the cost, payback, and return on investment. Other topics will include evaluation of sites, the mechanics of ordering the equipment, the support available to those who choose to do an installation, and permits and inspection.  A panel, inverter, and racking will be there for demonstration and “hands on” training.

NIGHT 2

The second night’s session will include installation of racking, attaching inverters to panels, installing panels on racking, and interconnecting wiring. Additionally, utility inspections, monitoring systems and renewable energy credits will be discussed.

Presenters include:

  • Blair Buselli – a PA and NY licensed electrician and a NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) solar installer. Blair also serves on the SEEDS Advisory Committee.
  • Jack Barnett – a principal consultant in sustainability, solar, zero net-energy buildings, and telecommunications technologies and strategy; a past chair of a chapter of the American Solar Society, and President of The Clean Energy Co-Op. Jack is also a SEEDS Board Member.

“SEEDS is strongly committed to education about renewable energy, how it can save you money and improve the quality of life in our community,” says Jack Barnett.  “If you want to attend this workshop just to learn more about solar, the economics, or how it works, without investing in a system, that’s fine. And, if you want to take the step to invest in solar, this is definitely a valuable workshop for you.”

 REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Click HERE to register, or call 570-245-1256.

SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support) is a non-profit organization that promotes energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable living in our region. Visit www.seedsgroup.net to join the SEEDS e-newsletter list to be notified of all upcoming free forums.


Join Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC)  for a conversation on the various pathways for decarbonizing Pennsylvania’s electricity sector, and the costs and benefits associated with each. Internationally recognized speakers join local leaders and decision-makers in a thoughtful conversation.

Panel topics include nuclear power, renewable energy, energy efficiency, and carbon capture and storage.