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Posted by nospam on April 27, 2007, 7:36 pm
 
Each summer SolarFest, The New England Renewable Energy Festival, presents a
series of hands-on in-depth workshops on various aspects of renewable energy.
These workshops give the participants experience in installing working
renewable energy systems. The workshops are held in Tinmouth, VT.  This year's
offerings are below.

SOLAR HOT WATER SYSTEM INSTALLATION WORKSHOP on June 1-3, 2007

During this workshop students will gain hands-on experience installing a
ground mounted solar hot water system for the outdoor showers at Forget-Me-Not
Farm in Tinmouth, VT.  This workshop will include system layout, design,
piping, insulation, and all the basics of getting a small system up and
running. Students will also get a chance to hone their carpentry skills as
they assist in the finishing stages of the construction of the system mounting
structure. Much of the workshop will take place outdoors, so students will
need to dress appropriately.

Ed Butler of Sunrise Solar Services in Randolph, VT will lead the workshop. Ed
started his company in 1976 and has installed numerous Solar Hot Water systems
throughout New England. Ed will be assisted by Matt Kenyon, the SolarFest Site
Operations coordinator.

The fee of $90 for this three day workshop includes lunches during the
workshop and a weekend pass to SolarFest, July 14 & 15, 2007. On-site camping
is available during the workshop for an additional $5.

MICRO-HYDRO SYSTEM INSTALLATION WORKSHOP on June 1-3, 2007

During this workshop students will gain hands-on experience in reviewing the
design and performing the installation of a real-live micro-hydro system at
the home of  Marshall & Melody Squier, owners of Forget-me-Not Farm in
Tinmouth, VT (the site of Solarfest). The workshop will be led by Ben Gordesky
of Earthbound Services, LLC with assistant(s). Much of the workshop will take
place outdoors, so students will need to dress appropriately.

Ben Gordesky owns Earthbound Services, LLC, and designs, permits and installs
small hydro systems from cabin to community scale. Ben has an M.S. in
Hydrology and is a graduate of the Solar Energy International Micro-Hydro
course. Earthbound Services, LLC also performs septic designs and subdivision
engineering for green building projects."

The fee of $90 for this three day workshop includes lunches during the
workshop and a weekend pass to SolarFest, July 14 & 15, 2007. On-site camping
is available during the workshop for an additional $5.

VEGETABLE OIL CONVERSION WORKSHOP on July 8-10, 2007

Over a hundred years ago Rudolph Diesel designed his first engine to run on a
variety of locally available fuels including vegetable oil. This workshop will
revive the old idea of powering a diesel engine with a more renewable energy
source. During this intensive, two-day, hands-on workshop, one of the
student's vehicles will be converted to run on straight vegetable oil (SVO).
Participants will see the project from start to finish--from the design
process, to the installation, to the test drive. A brief introduction to
ethanol and biodiesel will also be provided.

Instructors for this workshop will  be Ken Oldrid and Gary Beckwith. Ken has
been working with renewable energy for the last five years. Over this time he
has designed and installed vegetable oil fuel systems for most types of diesel
vehicles available in the US. He has personally logged over 100,000 miles on
waste vegetable oil. Ken is a teacher and cofounder of the Biofuels course at
the Yestermorrow School. He operates his own installation business,
GreenDiesels.net, and is a certified installer for Neoteric Biofuels
(PlantDrive.com).

Gary is an experienced teacher in many aspects of renewable energy.  
He is one of the founders of the Real Goods Institute for Independent Living,
and an author of the Solar Living Sourcebook.  He's currently the driver of
the Solar Bus project, which travels to public schools in Vermont to teach
kids about solar energy. He owns two vegetable oil vehicles - a 1985 Mercedes
and a 1982 school bus.

This workshop will run from Noon on Sunday, July 8 through Noon on Tuesday,
July 10. The fee of $50 for this two day workshop includes lunch on Monday
only and a weekend pass to SolarFest, July 14 & 15, 2007. On-site camping is
available during the workshop (Sunday & Monday) for an additional $5.

INTRODUCTION TO PHOTOVOLTAIC TECHNOLOGY WORKSHOP - July 7-11, 2007

Richard Gottlieb, President and Chief Engineer at Sunnyside Solar, Inc. will
be presenting a week long workshop "Introduction to Photovoltaic Technology"
at Forget-Me-Not Farm in Tinmouth, VT, Saturday through Wednesday, July 7
through July 11, on the SolarFest site. John Blittersdorf of Central Vermont
Solar & Wind will join Mr. Gottlieb in teaching this program.

This course is for individuals interested in exploring and learning about
photovoltaic technology, its operation and its installation. A complete review
of all components of the systems, design criteria and load analysis. The hands
on part of this workshop is to participate in putting together all of the PV
systems for SolarFest's annual renewable energy powered festival which happens
on Saturday and Sunday, July 14 and 15.  Typically morning classes will be in
presentation format , and the hands-on activity format will be in the
afternoons.

The fee of $50 includes lunches during the workshop, SEI's Photovoltaics:
Design and Installation Manual and a weekend pass to SolarFest. On-site
camping is available during the workshop until the start of SolarFest festival
camping, for $0. Festival car/RV camping for the weekend of SolarFest is an
additional $0.

Pre-registration is required for each of the workshops and can be made on line
at SolarFest's web site at www.solarfest.org.  For additional information
contact Patty Kenyon, Festival Manager at 802-235-2707 or info@solarfest.org.

Dave Pyles
webster for SolarFest
http://solarfest.org

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