Workshop participants will learn how to design and install residential solar hot water systems. May 31st will be devoted to designing and sizing systems. June 1st is optional for participants who want to apply Saturday's lessons with a hands-on installation. Saturday, May 31-The focus will be on sizing and designing systems based on available sunshine and water heating needs. You will learn how to assess your water heating needs, your available options, and the decision making process to apply the right technology for your situation. An economic analysis along with advantages and disadvantages of different types of systems will also be discussed. Please send $32 if you would like to receive the new book, Solar Hot Water Systems: 1977 to Today Lessons Learned, by Tom Lane, during the workshop. Book purchase is not required for attendance, but this book will be referred to at times during the workshop. In order to have these books in time please send payment for the book by May 10, 2003 to ASPI, 50 Lair Street, Mt. Vernon, KY 40456.
Sunday, June 1-This day will be focused on installing a propylene glycol closed loop system with a heat exchanger mounted to an existing gas fired tank water heater. You will learn how to mount a solar water-heating panel and plumb the system to an existing water heater. Please plan on attending Sunday's installation workshop only if you are planning to attend Saturday's design workshop as well.
Who Should Attend: Anyone interested in shaping a sustainable future through the application of solar technology. Decision-makers, technical folks, and end-users alike are urged to attend. This includes managers, students, teachers, plumbing contractors, code inspectors, homeowners as well as anyone who may plan to have a solar water heating system installed but would first like to know what options are available and what maintenance is involved with each system.
Instructor: Joshua Bills is the Kentucky Solar Partnership Coordinator at Appalachia-Science in the Public Interest. ASPI is a non-profit organization striving to make technology responsive to the needs of people in Appalachia. Josh has been involved with renewable energy systems for over 10 years in Kentucky, Haiti, Peru and Niger, Africa.
Spaces are limited, so please reserve your space by calling 606-256-0077 by May 23rd (request a list of motels and camping options if needed). Send suggested donation (no one will be turned down for lack of funds) for the workshop to: ASPI, 50 Lair St, Mt. Vernon, KY 40456.