Are you considering building an addition or new structure and thinking about installing solar panels? Would you like to offset your electricity use with on-site solar?
Are you ready to help alleviate the environmental impacts of coal-generated electricity?
If you are asking yourself these questions, then attend the inaugural 21 Acres Solar Home Design course, offered six consecutive Tuesdays beginning May 8 and learn how to use the sun for heat, power, and comfort.
The six sessions and topics covered include:
• Session 1: Solar 101-The Basics of Residential Solar Use; Cut through the chaos and get focused on a specific project
• Session 2: Passive Solar Strategies for Residential Design and applications; Learn about heating, cooling and daylighting – system types and characteristics
• Session 3: Sizing, Performance, Costs and Benefits; Get answers to questions: What capacity should I consider? How many solar panels do I need? Plan a system to meet everyday needs.
Recoup the investment with long term savings thru Washington state’s cost recovery system
• Session 4: Solar Thermal from A-Z, Design Construction and Operation; Explore residential and backyard farming applications, (i.e. options for greenhouses, residential hot water, passive thermal collection)
• Session 5: Photovoltaic PV systems A to Z, Design, Construction, Operations; Covers engineering, resources, approved contractor lists, smart sourcing of supplies and, info re who to call next after the class
• Session 6: Off Grid System Types and Operations (urban and rural); Learn about irrigation, water capture and pumping, garden features. Covers small panel independent system set-up. Good for ponds, fountains and outdoor lighting.
Course faculty are Jeremy Smithson and Chris Herman.
With a non-profit school dedicated to teaching people how to grow, eat and live sustainably, the new 21 Acres School located in the newly green-built center for Local Food and Sustainable Living, kicks-off the spring season with this new course along with several others to be announced soon.
Upcoming courses in the Growing/Eating/Living series include Creating and Maintaining Toxic-Free Home and Garden Environments; Backyard Farming Part II; Cooking Fundamentals with a Sustainable Approach; Practices for Living Sustainably and several more throughout the year. Get your name on the wait list for early notification.
A new certificate program, the Sustainability & Stewardship Certificate, is available to students who complete studies in one or more sustainability fields. Enroll now and the fee is $45 for a two-year period. Enrollees receive advance notice of class availability and occasional special discount offers.
Early bird registration fee, prior to May 1, is $195. Standard rate, after May 1, is $225. 21 Acres member discounts apply.