Wind and solar workshops offered

The Illinois Renewable Energy Association will be offering two classes for individuals interested in knowing more about generating energy from wind and/or photovoltaics and possibly installing a system for home use.

Class participants will get to tour the property where the class is held and view the owners’ Bergey 1-kilowatt wind generator system and three solar photovoltaic electric installations.

The Beginning Wind Class will be Saturday, May 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1230 E. Honey Creek Rd. in Oregon, IL

Topics discussed will include: How does wind power work? What are its advantages? What are the components of a home wind generator system? What does it cost? How do I get started?

Suggested contribution:

non-IREA members: $60 (includes IREA membership)

IREA members: $40

The Beginning Solar Electric Class will be Saturday, May 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1230 E. Honey Creek Rd. in Oregon, Ill.

Topics covered will include: What is PV? How does it work? What are its advantages? What are the components of a standard PV system? What does it cost? How do I get started?

Suggested contribution: $30 (includes IREA membership)

The Illinois Renewable Energy Association is a not-for-profit-organization that will be hosting its fifth anniversary at Illinois Renewable Energy and Sustainable Lifestyle Fair at the Ogle County Fairground Aug. 12-13.

For more information about the Fair, visit http://www.illinoisrenew.org.

For more information the workshops offered or to reserve a place, contact: Bob & Sonia Vogl at sonia@essex1.com or phone (815) 732-7332.

From the April 29-25, 2006, issue

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