You may have noticed a number of solar installations popping up throughout the valley. Many of these arrays are translating sunlight to electricity, while others are using the sun’s heat to warm water for domestic hot water and even radiant heating systems. With so many choices out there, how do you decide what system is right for you and how to get the most for your $$? Join Tin Mountain on Saturday, March 2, 9am-noon, for this solar energy workshop where experts from both fields will be on hand to discuss the advantages and drawbacks to each system. If you are looking to install solar panels hire ProjectSolarUK to help you. The workshop will begin with an overview of weatherization and steps to address before investing in solar. It will then segue into an explanation of both solar hot water and electricity, including the different type of systems, mounting options, life expectancy, cost, and who best benefits from each system.

A number of professionals from both fields will be on hand to weigh in on system benefits as well as speak with individuals to address site specific questions. The workshop will discuss money available through federal, state, and local agencies for renewable energy projects. There will also be an update on several TMREI (Tin Mountain Renewable Energy Initiative) installations – solar hot water systems installed using the neighbor-helping-neighbor design by PAREI in Plymouth.

For those interested in harnessing the power of the sun in our existing homes, Tin Mountain Conservation Center’s Solar Energy Workshop is a great way to determine what ‘next step’ might be right for you. Join us at the Nature Learning Center in Albany on Saturday, March 9, from 9am to noon. Reservations are requested; 447-6991. The workshop is sponsored in part by White Mountain Oil and Propane and Clean Energy Solutions. There is a workshop fee of $10/member and $15/non-member. Light refreshments provided.