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FRIDAY JULY 26, 2013 · 1:00 · SOLWEST FAIR OPENS
Friday 2:00: Oregon TCT Contractor Information (36); Basics of Going Solar: Solar Electric Systems (1); Oregon Legislative Update (37)
Friday 3:00: Join the Energy Trust Trade Ally Network (38); Basics of Going Solar: Hot Water Systems (9); Solar Water Pumping (21); Beyond the Bug-Out Bag part 1 (27)
Friday 4:00: Tax Credits, Loans and Financial Incentives for Consumers (43); Automated Off-Grid Solar Electric Systems (2); Passive Solar Furnaces Need Thermostats Too! (10); Beyond the Bug-Out Bag (cont'd); Tour and Demo of Solar Thermal on the Fairgrounds (12)
Friday 5:00: Simple Solar Batch Water Heating (11); Automated Off-Grid Solar Electric Systems (cont'd); Firewise In the West (30); Home Performance with Energy Star (14); Tour de Coop: Raising Backyard Chickens (22)
FREE FAIR ENTRY AFTER 5PM -- FAIR CLOSES FOR THE EVENING 7PM
SATURDAY JULY 27, 2013 · 9:00 · FAIR OPEN FOR SATURDAY
Sat. 10:00: The Belize Solar & Wind Systems (3); Principles of Passive Solar Buildings (15); Farm Direct Marketing (39); Retrofitting Your Vehicle for Efficiency (33); Tour the Community Garden Projects (23)
Sat. 11:00: Bringing Universal, Single-Payer Healthcare to Oregon (44); Principles of Passive Solar Buildings (cont'd); Sun, Wind, Water, Muscles, Fingers & Thumbs -- And a Brain (45); Solar Hot Water Theory and Design (13); Make Your Own Solar Cooker (48)
Sat. 12:30 · KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Paul Scheckel
Sat. 2:00: Introduction to Solar Policy (40); Living Off-Grid without a Generator (4); The Greened House Effect: Renovating Your Home (16); You Can Garden Anywhere (24)
Sat. 3:00: Designing Your Solar Electric System (5); Renewable Natural Gas!? (31); Principles of Residential Hydropower (6); Renewable Education Opportunities in Oregon (41); Juggling For Kids of All Ages (49)
Sat. 4:00: Incentives for Harvesting Clean Energy (46); Garden Planning for Year Round Eating (25); Super Energy Efficient Buildings (17); No Nonsense Bicycling: Maintenance and Fitting (34); Tour and Demo of Solar Thermal on the Fairgrounds (12)
Sat 5:00: Choice, Care and Feeding of Your Battery Bank (7); Garden Planning for Year Round Eating (cont'd); Ham Radio for Emergency Communications (28); Yes You Can Build Your Own Home / Shop / Studio / ADU (18)
Sat. 6:30: Silent Auction Closing
Sat. 7:00 -- FAIR CLOSES FOR THE EVENING
SUNDAY JULY 31, 2011 · 9:00 · FAIR OPENS FOR SUNDAY
Sun. 10:00: Distributed Energy (8); Exercise Your Inherent Right of Local Self-Governance (42); Calculating Your Carbon Footprint (47); Let's Cook! with Sue Newstetter (26)
Sun. 11:00: Reduce Your Electric Bills, and Your Impact (19); Exercise Your Inherent Right of Local Self-Governance (cont'd); Electric Vehicles (35); Let's Cook! with Sue Newstetter (cont'd); Fun and Games With Solar (50)
Sun. 12:00: FREE FAIR ENTRY AFTER NOON--Integrating Local Biofuels into Your Energy Strategy (32); Exercise Your Inherent Right of Local Self-Governance (cont'd); Beyond the Bug-Out Bag part 2 (29); Let's Cook! with Sue Newstetter
Sun. 1:00: Exercise Your Inherent Right of Local Self-Governance (cont'd); Beyond the Bug-Out Bag (cont'd); Let's Cook! with Sue Newstetter
Sun. 2:00: Silent Auction Closing
Sun.·FREE FAIR ENTRY AFTER NOON--SOLWEST FAIR CLOSES 3:30PM
1. BASICS OF GOING SOLAR: SOLAR ELECTRIC SYSTEMS. INTRODUCTORY LEVEL. If you don't know where to start at SolWest, start here! The basics about solar energy systems: why solar is a smart choice in Oregon, how well solar works in our northwest climate, available solar electric technologies, and how to go about choosing a contractor. Emily Krafft, Solar Oregon, Portland OR. Friday 2:00, North Classroom.
2. AUTOMATED OFF-GRID SOLAR ELECTRIC SYSTEMS. INTERMEDIATE/
ADVANCED LEVEL. Whether you set it up yourself, or have it installed,
you need to know what goes on behind the scenes in your automated
off-grid system. How do batteries, inverters, charge controllers and
charging sources (generator & PV) work together to provide and
store energy for the remote home or business? Dean Abney, Abney
Solar Electrix, Redmond OR. TWO HOURS. Friday, 4:00, North Classroom.
3. THE BELIZE SOLAR & WIND SYSTEMS. ALL LEVELS. Fun in the sun: making power 35 miles offshore. The small resorts and Marine research bases in the Belize Cayes need power, but their needs are varied, and budgets limited. See how it's done in the tropics, in a marine environment. Includes a lot about "Island Engineering" and bootstrap systems which need to allow for growth over time. Charles Woodward, Natural Resource Co, Victor ID. Saturday 10:00, South Classroom.
4. LIVING OFF-GRID WITHOUT A GENERATOR. ALL LEVELS. To live on
solar without a source of backup power, you need to know how to
manage your demandside. Take it from two guys with over 60 years
combined experience offgrid with no backup generator. The
how-tos and why of radical efficiency. Lance
Barker, Morning Hill Associates, Canyon City OR; and Jerry Igo,
Mosier OR. Saturday 2:00, North Classroom.
5. DESIGNING YOUR SOLAR ELECTRIC SYSTEM. BASIC LEVEL. Walk through the layouts of several standard types of solar electric systems: simple 12V systems, battery-based-off-grid, "security blanket " systems (PV, battery + grid tie), and simple grid tie. The technology will be explained in simple, easyto-understand terms. Learn how to do a load analysis to see how big a system you need. Charles Woodward, Natural Resource Co, Victor ID. Saturday 3:00, South Classroom.
6. PRINCIPLES OF RESIDENTIAL HYDROPOWER. ALL LEVELS. All aspects of planning, installing, and using hydropower with special focus on residentialsized systems. Bring your site descriptions and microhydro questions for the Q&A session. Jerry Ostermeier, Alternative Power & Machine, Grants Pass OR and Don Harris, Harris Hydroelectric, Davenport CA. Saturday 3:00, Sale Barn.
7. CHOICE, CARE AND FEEDING OF YOUR BATTERY BANK. INTERMEDIATE
LEVEL. The technical aspects of choosing a battery bank, including
flooded-cell, Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM), and Lithium. Includes
charging technology and strategies, and how much life to expect out
of a properly cared-for battery bank. Dean Abney, Abney Solar
Electrix, Redmond OR. Saturday 5:00, South Classroom.
8. DISTRIBUTED ENERGY. ALL LEVELS. In the past, utilities built large, centralized power plants: coal, nuclear, oil. Now, we can all participate. Distributed energy is small producers putting the energy they produce onto the grid for distribution through the utility - and being paid for it. The power grid is no more of a one-way downstream feeder than the Internet. Norm Cimon, Oregon Rural Action, La Grande OR. Sunday 10:00, South Classroom.
HEATING AND HOT WATER
9. BASICS OF GOING SOLAR: HOT WATER SYSTEMS. INTRODUCTORY LEVEL. More about going solar, this hour concentrates on the how and why of solar thermal (hot water) systems. These can be the most productive and cost-effective in our west-side climate. Available solar hot water technologies, and how to go about choosing a contractor. Emily Krafft, Solar Oregon, Portland OR. Friday 3:00, North Classroom.
10. PASSIVE SOLAR FURNACES NEED THERMOSTATS TOO! BASIC/INTERMEDIATE LEVEL. Get comfortable with solar, using an interior design perspective on managing solar heat (once inside), or keeping it out. You can hide some of your thermal mass in passive solar furniture, while artfully concealing it. Apply new techniques to make your existing window coverings into better insulators in winter. Learn about color temperature, perceived comfort and thermostat settings. Ray has some solar stories, and some odd solar souvenirs, from his 34 years in the business. Ray Pokorny, Solar Interior Design, Tigard OR. Friday 4:00, Sale Barn.
11. SIMPLE SOLAR BATCH WATER HEATING. BASIC TO INTERMEDIATE LEVEL. Affordable, easy to build, simple to operate, solar batch water heaters can be built for as little as $300 -- and provide all your hot water needs for six months of the year, or more. Instructor will incorporate tips and concerns related to the hands-on, Do-it-Yourself oriented, owner. Wendy Anderson, Certified Sustainable Building Advisor, Portland OR. Friday 5:00, South Classroom.
12. TOUR AND DEMO OF SOLAR THERMAL ON THE FAIRGROUNDS. BASIC LEVEL. Solar hot water and heating is one of the most effective ways to use sunshine. Seeing a solar water heater in action helps you understand the principles of solar thermal energy. Tour the solar showers, and other solar thermal installations operating on the fairgrounds. Scott Crawford, Solar Assist, Eugene OR. Friday and Saturday 4:00, Sunday 12:00, at the Solar Showers.
13. SOLAR HOT WATER THEORY AND DESIGN. BASIC LEVEL. Solar
thermal system set-up and design principles. Different types of
systems. Site survey, cost-effectiveness and decision-making
processes. Bring your questions and your puzzles, and Mr. Sun will
have answers. John Patterson, Mr. Sun Solar, Portland OR.
Saturday 11:00, Open-air Classroom.
BUILDINGS AND EFFICIENCY
14. HOME PERFORMANCE WITH ENERGY STAR. BASIC/INTERMEDIATE LEVEL. Learn about a comprehensive energy assessment for your home called Home Performance with ENERGY STAR. Why is Home Performance so important? Because it increases comfort and livability, while lowering energy bills. What kind of homes can it be used to improve? ALL homes, old and new! How does it work? It empowers the homeowner to choose the measures that will accomplish their energy saving goals. Learn how Home Performance can help you find and unlock all the hidden energy secrets in your home. Tania Hoode, CSBA, Inst for Sustainable Solutions at PSU, Portland OR. Friday 5:00, Open-air Classroom.
15. PRINCIPLES OF PASSIVE SOLAR BUILDINGS. BEGINNERS & UP. Add terrific natural light and cover 60% of your home's heating load with a few simple design techniques. A problem-solving approach to existing *and* new construction to make your home work for your comfort and convenience. Anthony Stoppiello, Stoppiello Architecture, Nehalem OR. TWO HOURS. Saturday, 10:00. North Classroom.
16. THE GREENED HOUSE EFFECT: RENOVATING YOUR HOME WITH A DEEP ENERGY RETROFIT. ALL LEVELS. A Deep Energy Retrofit (DER) is a whole-home remodeling process that, by definition, reduces a homes energy use by 50%-90%. Like weatherization on steroids, a DER not only slashes energy use, but also makes an older home a more comfortable and healthier place to live. By attacking the building envelope (shell) of a home with superior insulation and air-sealing, scrutinizing all of a homes working systems, and then employing renewable energy, an older home can be brought to near net-zero energy use. At the same time, DERs are a positive, actionable solution to many of the wider problems of our economy, environment, and energy security. Jeff talks about his familys DER of their 70 year old home, tells stories of other DERs all over the US, and gives an overview of the process at a hammer-and-nail level. Jeff Wilson, The Greened House Effect, Athens OH. Saturday 2:00, Sale Barn.
17. SUPER ENERGY EFFICIENT BUILDINGS. ALL LEVELS. When energy is put first, remarkable results can be achieved. If you cut a buildings energy use by half, it may take five or ten years to repay the energy investment, but over the 50 year life of the building significant energy and dollar savings accrue, and the resale value can be substantially greater. Well look at three commercial and residential buildings to see which energy features pay off, and why. John Patterson, Mr. Sun Solar, Portland OR. Saturday 4:00, Sale Barn.
18. YES YOU CAN BUILD YOUR OWN HOME/SHOP/STUDIO/ADU. ALL LEVELS. Walk through a step by step process, and learn how to plan your Structure from idea to completion. Well start with a focus on the art and practice of creating. Youll then learn practical steps to take on the journey of designing and building your structure. You will leave with a check list and a project cost estimate to start you on your way. Patrick Sughrue, Structures NW, Vancouver WA. Saturday 5:00, Open-air Classroom.
19. REDUCE YOUR ELECTRIC BILLS, AND YOUR IMPACT. BASIC LEVEL. Four years ago, Dick and Glenda moved into an all-electric manufactured home where they found they used an average of 45 KWH a day. Learn how theyve managed to get that use down to 12KWH/day, without sacrificing the important comforts! A discussion of how -and- why you want to go about reducing your energy/Carbon footprint. Dick Kent, Mt Vernon WA. Sunday 11:00, South Classroom.
HOMESTEAD, FOOD & WATER, AND LIVING SKILLS
21. SOLAR WATER PUMPING. BASIC LEVEL. Long, hot summer days and solar water pumps, what a great match-up. Whether you are interested in watering a few sheep, a whole barnyard, or a big herd of cows, solar power makes sense for spring, summer or fall pumping. Water for your home and garden can also be supplied by that lazy ol sun. So come hear a solar pumping professional tell you how to make your decision about the most efficient type of water pumping and storage for your site and system. Tom Bishop, Sunelco, Victor MT. Friday 3:00, Sale Barn.
22. TOUR de COOP: RAISING BACKYARD CHICKENS. BEGINNER LEVEL. Visit some local backyard flocks and their homes in the John Day area. Learn the basics about chicken breeds and temperament, coop designs and chicken space, caring for chicks and adult chickens, predators, chicken diseases and more. Shelley Banks, Canyon City OR. Tour meets for carpooling 5:00 Friday at the camping gate.
23. TOUR THE COMMUNITY GARDEN PROJECTS. BASIC LEVEL. The John Day Community Garden has hosted two hands-on workshops in sustainable building: in 2011, construction of a cob oven demonstrated the principles of earthen building and provided a centerpiece for community gatherings around local food. In 2012, a group focused on building with native wood materials, and constructed a pole-framed garden shed. This six-block walking tour takes in the garden, checking out the finished building projects, and ending up at the John Day Farmers Market. John LaLiberte, Mt Vernon OR. Saturday 10:00, meet just inside the Canyon & Main entrance gate.
24. YOU CAN GARDEN ANYWHERE. ALL LEVELS. Gardening can be a challenge at certain sites, however with a little planning and creativity you can garden anywhere. Hear some lessons learned from an avid gardener's 10+ years experience and experimentation with gardening at challenging sites in Oregon and Washington. Bring your thoughts and ideas for a lively open discussion on what's worked. Tania Hoode, CSBA, Inst for Sustainable Solutions at PSU, Portland OR. Saturday 2:00, Open-air Classroom.
25. GARDEN PLANNING FOR YEAR ROUND EATING. ALL LEVELS. How to strategically plan a garden that is not only healthy and productive, but geared toward feeding you and your family for the whole year, not just the warm season. We will discuss such subjects as making garden maps, over-wintering crops, storage crops for the pantry and root cellar, canning, drying and other preservation techniques, and more. Some careful forethought can turn your garden in to an important year round resource! Woniya Thibeault and Bryon Lichtenhan, From Farm and Forest, Hood River, OR. TWO HOURS. Saturday 4:00, North Classroom.
26. LET'S COOK! WITH SUE NEWSTETTER. ALL LEVELS. Join us for a
dynamic demonstration of many different types of commercially
manufactured solar ovens. Bring your own solar oven (home-made or
commercial), and cook with us (more
info on Let's
Cook!). Sue Newstetter, Elk Camp
Café, Mt Vernon OR. Sunday 10:00-2:00, Open-air Classroom.
COMMUNICATIONS AND EMERGENCY MANAGMENT
27. BEYOND THE BUG-OUT BAG (PART 1). ALL LEVELS. One little town in the Northwest keeps a stack of "shelter in place" kits in the city hall, but has no emergency plan beyond contacting higher authorities for help in case of emergency. Is this typical of your community? Would it cease to exist without outside support? Learn and share ideas about how to make yourself and your neighbors more resilient in the face of emergencies. John Ousterhout, Soap Lake WA. TWO HOURS. Friday 3:00, Open-air Classroom.
28. HAM RADIO FOR EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS. BASIC LEVEL. Amateur radio (also called ham radio) is the use of designated radio frequency spectrum for purposes of private recreation, non-commercial exchange of messages, wireless experimentation, self-training, and emergency communication. Learn the basics of equipment, operation, licensing, powering etc. Jon Kenneke K7PGB, kenneke.com, Albany OR. Saturday 5:00, Sale Barn.
29. BEYOND THE BUG-OUT BAG (PART 2). ALL LEVELS. Over the last two days, have your opinions about personal resiliency in your home-place evolved or changed? If you missed the first session (see workshop #27), if you want to add something more to the discussion based on what you've learned here, or if you've changed your mind about the issues, the conversation continues... John Ousterhout, Soap Lake WA. TWO HOURS. Sunday 12:00, Sale Barn.
FIRE AND BIOFUELS
30. FIREWISE IN THE WEST. ALL LEVELS. NFPA's Firewise Communities program teaches people how to adapt to living with wildfire, and encourages neighbors to work together, plan, and take action to prevent losses. For homeowners, community leaders, planners, developers, firefighters, and others who want to find local solutions for wildfire safety, and become involved in the effort to protect people and property from the risk of wildfire. Irene Jerome, Jerome Natural Resource Consultants, John Day, OR. Friday 5:00, Sale Barn
31. RENEWABLE NATURAL GAS!? BASIC/INT LEVEL. Make and use your own renewable natural gas from farm and kitchen wastes or wood, using a small biogas digester and simple wood-gas camp stove. Covers the basics of both biogas and wood gas. Introduction to the fundamentals of both anaerobic digestion and pyrolysis. Presentation will be followed by an outdoor lab to demonstrate construction and principles. Paul Scheckel, Energy Specialist, East Calais VT. Saturday 3:00, North Classroom.
32. INTEGRATING LOCAL BIOFUELS INTO YOUR ENERGY STRATEGY. ALL LEVELS. Managing a wood stove is about more than just keeping warm, its about efficiently utilizing a local, renewable resource (your forest, or local waste wood) as an energy resource while minimizing your output of pollutants. Can you have one appliance that takes care of all your thermal needs (heating, cooking, hot water) for over half the year, and integrates seamlessly with your other renewable strategies? You can! Jennifer Barker, Morning Hill Associates, Canyon City OR. Sunday 12:00, South Classroom.
33. RETROFITTING YOUR VEHICLE FOR EFFICIENCY. BASIC LEVEL. Can you use your vehicle to harvest and store free electrical energy in a significant way? How to hook up a system as a non-dynamic generator in larger vehicles or as a dynamic generator converting the vehicle into a L PHEV (Light - Plug-In Hybrid Vehicle) to increase fuel economy and lower emissions on smaller vehicles. Some of the reasons why it can work, where it is most (and least) effective, and what kinds of surplus energy and fuel mileage enhancement our test vehicles are receiving. Steve Rosenstock, SR Design Enterprises International Inc, Beaverton OR. Saturday 10:00, Open-air Classroom.
34. NO NONSENSE BICYCLING: MAINTENANCE AND FITTING. ALL LEVELS. Do you have a bike that has been sitting around and is collecting dust? Not sure where to begin on getting your bike back into working order or even if it fits you right? If so, come visit a no nonsense approach to getting that bike in working order for you to enjoy. Topics will include; appropriate tools, brakes, seat adjustments, derailleurs, chains, wear and tear, fixing a flat tire and more. This class aims to demystify bike maintenance and give you some simple skills/ tips that can keep you moving down the road in self propelled freedom. Will Brendecke, Strawberry Mtn Bike Cooperative, John Day OR. Saturday 4:00, Open-air Classroom.
35. ELECTRIC VEHICLES. ALL LEVELS. 16% of our military budget goes for searching the vessels, many of them oil tankers, that sail in and out of the Straights of Hormuz. Use your home-produced electricity to power your vehicle! Members of the OEVA will show their vehicles (stock *and* conversions), and update the state of available vehicles / charging infrastructure. Theyll also cover maintenance and safety, bust a few EV myths for you, and regale you with tales of their EV driving adventures. Gary Graunke and Ray Blackburn, Oregon Electric Vehicle Assoc, Portland OR. Sunday 11:00, Sale Barn.
CAREERS, MARKETS AND PUBLIC POLICY
36. OREGON TCT CONTRACTOR INFORMATION. PROFESSIONAL LEVEL (OPEN TO ALL). Describes the requirements for solar installers in the State of Oregon who wish to participate in Oregons residential tax credit program by becoming a Tax Credit Technician (TCT). Provides an overview of Oregons Residential Energy Tax Credit (RETC) program, and will cover specifics relevant to both Solar PV and Solar Thermal tax credit applications. Deby Davis, Oregon Dept of Energy, Salem OR. Friday 2:00, South Classroom.
37. OREGON LEGISLATIVE UPDATE. INT/ADVANCED LEVELS. Learn what has come out of the 2013 Oregon Legislative Session regarding energy, climate change, and sustainability. An attorney who regularly tracks the legislative sessions, not just in Oregon but the other Pacific Northwest states, Diane will sum up the status of key bills in Oregon including a summary of how the session started and how we ended up in these topic areas. Includes bills dealing with the Governor's 10 Year Energy Plan, continuing the pilot feed-in tariff, siting of energy projects, energy efficiency measures, benefit company legislation, agencies, electric vehicles, among others. Brief update on the other Pacific Northwest states of Idaho, Montana, Washington, and Alaska which are also dealing with energy related legislation. Diane Henkels, Attorney, Cleantech Law Partners LLC, Newport OR. Friday 2:00, Open-air Classroom.
38. JOIN THE ENERGY TRUST TRADE ALLY NETWORK. FOR PROFESSIONALS. Energy Trust of Oregons network of more than 1,500 independent contractors help homeowners, businesses, farmers and public and nonprofit entities complete energy-efficiency and renewable energy projects across Oregon and in southwest Washington. Being a trade ally can benefit your business through cash incentives, increased customer visibility, training opportunities, technical assistance, marketing support and publicity. Learn how to join the Energy Trust Trade Ally Network in your area of energy efficiency or renewable energy expertise. Lizzie Rubado, Energy Trust of Oregon, Portland OR. Friday 3:00, South Classroom.
39. FARM DIRECT MARKETING. ALL LEVELS. More than just a one-stop shop at the local farm stand! From Local Food to the Farm Bill, GMOs to heirlooms, washing stations or wishful thinking, there are many questions to be explored and experiences to share when it comes to buying and selling fresh off the farm. ORA staff (past president of the Oregon Farmers' Market Association and food/farm organizer, market manager, vendor, grower and volunteer) will bring their first-hand knowledge and skills in this arena, expanding on their mission of "making the shift to Homegrown Prosperity" and invite participants to dig into issues of concern, find common ground and solutions. Bring your favorite farm-fresh pickles to share and add to the discussion of the "Pickle Bill"! Karen Wagner and Jeff Mathias, Oregon Rural Action, La Grande OR. Saturday 10:00, Sale Barn.
40. INTRODUCTION TO SOLAR POLICY. BASIC LEVEL. Whats a FIT, how does community solar allow you to own a solar array (even if you dont own a rooftop), and what is virtual net metering? How is net metering implemented in Oregon (including our statewide NM study), what are Renewable Energy Credits, and how does this all affect ME? Claire Carlson, Solar Oregon, Portland OR. Saturday 2:00, South Classroom.
41. RENEWABLE EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES IN OREGON. ALL LEVELS. Do you want to get into renewables as a career? Get the latest info on Renewable Energy (supply) and Energy Efficiency (demand) education, Oregon Licensing and Apprenticeship requirements, and easy to use resources for Sustainability, Energy, Solar. ...and more...! Erik Westerholm, Lane Community College, Eugene OR. Saturday 3:00, Open-air Classroom.
42. EXERCISE YOUR INHERENT RIGHT OF LOCAL SELF-GOVERNANCE. ALL LEVELS. Turn what you believe is already a winning issue in your town into a significant local law change through a "Community Rights" strategy (read the full description). Paul Cienfuegos, paulcienfuegos.com, Portland OR. Sunday 10:00am-2:00pm, North Classroom.
DECISION MAKING, FINANCES AND QUALITY OF LIFE
43. OREGON TAX CREDITS, LOANS AND FINANCIAL INCENTIVES FOR CONSUMERS. BASIC LEVEL. If you live in the state of Oregon, whether on or off-grid, there are programs to support your transition to renewables. Workshop covers all State of Oregon consumer and business tax credits, and other incentives on renewable energy and energy efficiency. Deby Davis, Oregon Dept of Energy, Salem OR. Friday 4:00, South Classroom.
44. BRINGING UNIVERSAL, SINGLEPAYER HEALTHCARE TO OREGON. ALL ADULTS. Particiaption and demonstration in a model house party to educate, mobilize and raise funds for the Health Care for All Oregon (HCAO) movement to bring universal, single-payer health care to Oregon. HCAO is a coalition of 70+ member organizations and 15 chapters throughout Oregon. Workshop agenda includes 30-minute video. Materials will be provided including everything needed to become involved in HCAO. We will be available to help you put on house parties in your community. Health Care for All! Everybody In, Nobody Out! Oregon Rural Action Health Care Reform Action Team, La Grande, OR. Saturday 11:00, South Classroom.
45. SUN, WIND, WATER, MUSCLES, FINGERS & THUMBS -- AND A BRAIN THAT KNOWS HOW TO USE THEM. ALL LEVELS. We already have almost everything we need to provide a full, happy life. Here is how to put it together. Steps to take to accomplish it, with some left over to help others. Jerry Igo, SolWest Elder. Mosier OR. Saturday 11:00, Sale Barn.
46. INCENTIVES FOR HARVESTING CLEAN ENERGY. ALL LEVELS. Learn about the cash incentives available from Energy Trust of Oregon for saving energy and generating your own solar or wind power for your home, business or farm. Energy Trust incentives are available to Oregon customers of Pacific Power, Portland General Electric, NW Natural and Cascade Natural Gas. Lizzie Rubado, Energy Trust of Oregon, Portland OR. Saturday 4:00, South Classroom.
47. CALCULATING YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT. ALL LEVELS. Would you be surprised to learn that twelve tons of CO2 per year pour into atmosphere to support the lifestyle of the average American? Europeans spew out half as much. Others, including many energy-aware Americans have figured out how to discharge even less. The author of FOOTPRINT: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Extinction, will show you how to calculate your carbon footprint today, and how to reduce it dramatically with everyday energy choices. Fun and interesting for all ages! John Patterson, Mr. Sun Solar, Portland OR. Sunday 10:00, Sale Barn.
49. JUGGLING FOR KIDS OF ALL AGES. AGES 5 TO 85. Have you ever wanted to be able to juggle 3 or more items at once? Learn the basics or improve your skills, and have some fun! John Hibbert, La Grande OR. Saturday 3:00, Solar Power Cage.
50. FUN AND GAMES WITH SOLAR. AGES 7-12. Introduction to
renewable energy concepts, plus discussion of Oregon energy sources,
electricity generation, and how solar electric systems work. Shadow
tag helps kids to be aware of the sun's orientation, the Utility Game
challenges kids to pay for the energy they use with rewards for
conservation, and the Electron Action Game is full of fun and
movement enacting how electricity is produced in a solar module. Tania
Hoode, CSBA, Inst for Sustainable Solutions at PSU, Portland OR.
Sunday 11:00, Solar Power Cage.
In addition to the regular workshops during SolWest weekend, extended workshops will be offered to students who wish to learn a subject in more depth.
Solar Technical Training
A four-hour interactive webinar with top MidNite staff
gathered from around the world on the big screen, and available to
answer your technical questions. Topics will range from MidNite Solar
products and applications for battery charging and wiring solutions,
to uses with popular battery based system inverters, safety
considerations, and typical layout case studies.
SolWest presents a professional-level solar hot water class,
open to anyone interested in all aspects of solar hot
water. This workshop, in classroom and hands-on sessions, will cover
an overview of system types, theory, selection and design of solar
hot water systems.
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