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E-M:/ solar energy lecture series for earthday

As some of you know, there was an excellent alternative energy conference held at the Pierce Cedar Creek Insititute (sout of Hastings, MI) Jan 25, 2003.  As a follow up see the information below.  If you have not yet been to the location, give youself a treat!!!


As a follow-up to the overwhelming response to the Renewable Energy Conference in January, Pierce Cedar Creek Institute is offering a Solar Energy Lecture Series on Saturday, April 26. The lecture series is planned as part of the Earth Day Festival, scheduled that day.

The lecture series is presented by Pierce Cedar Creek Institute and Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association (GLREA). These seminars will answer commonly asked questions about three different types of solar applications: Solar Electricity, Solar Hot Water Heating, and Solar Pool Heating. Instructor Dave Lankheet of Sundu Solar has been installing, repairing, and building renewable energy systems for 25 years.  He has been involved with the installation of over 1,000 systems.

Lecture Schedule

9:00 am - 10:30 am Solar Photovoltaic Technology
Students will gain a basic understanding of the components that make up a photovoltaic system and how photovoltaic works. Participants will learn about: defining a load analysis, site selection, and energy efficiency measures.  

11:00 am - 12:30 pm Solar Hot Water Heating
Learn how to use the sun's energy to heat water for domestic use (showers, sinks, clothes washer). Domestic hot water systems are easy to install, and often pay for themselves in energy savings in just a few years. Topics include: site selection, basic installation techniques, and system sizing.

2:00 pm- 3:30 pm Solar Pool Heating
Swimming pool heating systems are quite popular in Michigan and account for a large number of solar installations throughout the great lakes region. This workshop will cover topics such as identifying system types, proper applications, cost effectiveness, and proper installation practices. 

Cost of Workshops:
One Workshop $15 (Pierce Cedar Creek Institute and GLREA Members - $10)
Two Workshops $25 (Pierce Cedar Creek Institute and GLREA Members - $20)
Three Workshops $35 (Pierce Cedar Creek Institute and GLREA Members- $25)

Register by calling (269) 721-4191. Space is limited, early registration is recommended.
Pierce Cedar Creek Institute is located south of Hastings at 701 W. Cloverdale, west of M-37 and East of M- 43.