Illinois Renewable Energy Association offers classes—changes to class schedule

From press release

The Illinois Renewable Energy Association (IREA) will offer a variety of classes this fall. Most will focus on renewable energy; one will focus on food independence. They will be offered at the IREA headquarters, the Kickapoo Nature Center, Rock Island, and both Rock Valley and Illinois Valley community colleges.

To register for any of the Oregon, Woodstock or Rock Island classes, e-mail Advanced registration is essential.

Oregon, Ill.: Small Wind Generators for Homeowners, offered Saturday, Sept. 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., will include lecture, discussion, and hands-on experiences. Class members will take down, disassemble and reassemble a wind generator that has produced power since spring 2005.

Saturday, Oct. 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., for those interested in food independence, a class will concentrate on preserving food for use throughout the non-gardening part of the year: freezing, drying, canning and storing. Actual preservation techniques will be taught and tried.

All three classes will be at 1230 E. Honey Creek Road, Oregon, Ill.

Woodstock, Ill.: In November (date TBA) Make a Solar Collector will involve participants in actually making and installing a hot air collector that can be used for a home, workshop, shed, etc.

Donations to IREA (a non-profit organization) for these three classes are $40 per class for IREA members and $60 for non-members, which includes membership. Advanced registration is essential.

Rock Island, Ill.: Learn how to install solar panels to make a golf cart both fuel and grid independent in this hands-on class. Skills are transferable. Work with panels, wiring, controller, combiner box, aluminum angle and bolts to mount the panels on the canopy. Limited to seven. Cost: $175. Location: Rock Island KOA Campground, 2311 78th Ave. West, Rock Island. Saturday, Oct. 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Rockford and Oglesby: Classes will also be offered by Rock Valley College, Rockford, and Illinois Valley College, Oglesby. Register online or phone (815) 921-3900 for Rock Valley or (815) 224-0490 for Illinois Valley.

Rock Valley classes include Basics of Solar Electricity (Tuesday, Sept. 21, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.), Solar Hot Water Systems (Tuesday, Oct. 5, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.), and Efficient Solar Homes (Tuesday, Oct. 12, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.).

Illinois Valley classes include Green energy (Saturday, Sept. 25, from 9 a.m. to noon), Basics of Solar Electricity (Saturday, Oct. 9, from 9:30 a.m. to noon), Solar Hot Water Systems (Saturday, Oct. 23, from 9:30 a.m. to noon) and Efficient Solar Homes (Saturday, Oct. 30, from 9:30 a.m. to noon).

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From the Sept. 15-21, 2010 issue

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