[NMSEA-news] NMSEA Biodiesel and PV workshops coming soon!
News from New Mexico Solar Energy Association
nmsea-news at nmsea.org
Fri Sep 21 17:29:45 MDT 2007
Greetings, Solar Enthusiast!
Hot on the heels of Solar Fiesta, we have two great workshops coming up
very quickly: a hands-on Biodiesel 101 class on September 29 and a 5-day
hands-on PV Design and Installation class October 12-14 and 20-21.
Contact the office to sign up for either (or both) of these great
opportunities to learn more!
New Mexico Solar Energy Association
1009 Bradbury St SE, Ste. 35
Albuquerque, NM 87106
info at nmsea.org
Saturday, September 29, 2007
James Burgess and Eric Chrisp continue their series of hands-on
Biodiesel 101 classes. They will cover sourcing oil, economic and
ecological pros and cons, preferred vehicles, how to make your own
biodiesel processor for under $400, how to brew on a small or medium
scale, how to test oil quality, safety issues, washing fuel, politics,
why we drink beer when we brew and much, much more!
Why: Because it's fun to make biodiesel! Oh yeah, and because "here we
have a serious problem: America is addicted to oil, which is often
imported from unstable parts of the world" (G. W. Bush, January 2006).
Learn many more reasons at the workshop.
Who: James Burgess and Eric Chrisp have been declared "Biodiesel Jedi"
by the New Mexico Solar Energy Association. They have conducted numerous
presentations and workshops. Each has been running one or more vehicles
on home-brewed biodiesel for over two years.
Non-Members - $110
NMSEA Members - $99.
See http://www.nmsea.org/Workshops/biodiesel_workshop.php for further
Photovoltaic (PV) Design and Installation Class (Hands-On) 5-Day Class */
/Sponsored by New Mexico Solar Energy Association
Next class: October 12-14 & 20-21, 2007
Cost: $500.00 per person; NMSEA members - $450/
Are you interested in learning more about solar electricity? Would you
like to learn about siting, sizing and safely installing a PV system?
This class will be held over two weekends, October 12-14 and 20-21,
2007. Topics to be covered include photovoltaic components, designing
and sizing a system, siting, and the configuration of stand-alone
(off-grid) and grid-tie (utility-connected) systems. Safety and energy
efficiency will also be covered.
The class will start with three days in the classroom. It will include
visiting instructors, tours of local PV systems and hands-on labs. The
last two days will be spent installing a PV system at a child
development center south of Albuquerque. Students will have the
opportunity to hear from local PV business owners, installers and other
PV experts. Depending upon the group's interest, there may be evening
slide shows and talks from members of the New Mexico Solar Energy
The primary instructor is Marlene Brown. Marlene is President of the New
Mexico Solar Energy Association (NMSEA). She has been working with PV
systems for over 15 years and has installed hundreds of systems in the
U.S. and the developing world. Marlene has been teaching PV classes for
over 10 years.
Co-instructor is Randy Sadewic of Positive Energy. A graduate of San
Juan College, Randy is co-owner of a company that designs and installs
photovoltaic systems. With Marlene Brown, he co-taught a class which
installed a 2 kW photovoltaic system at the Empowering Our Communities
(non-profit) in Bernalillo in June 2006. Randy is certified by the
North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP).
There may be other co- and guest instructors throughout the course.
http://www.nmsea.org/Workshops/pv_workshop.php contains these details.
Contact the office to register.
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