Illinois Renewable Energy Association offers busy month of programs

Staff Report

OREGON, Ill. — The Illinois Renewable Energy Association (IREA) is planning a busy, educational month this October. Each Saturday will offer a different program. Each runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Oct. 6, the IREA will host the annual Tour of Solar Homes. Five sites in Ogle County will be featured. The solar tour is free.

Oct. 13, a hands-on small wind workshop will be offered. Weather permitting, participants will take down, disassemble and reassemble a 1-kilowatt Bergey wind generator. Lunch will be ordered.

Oct. 20, a hoop house designed for winter hardy vegetables will be completed and planted with suggested seeds.

Oct. 27, a food preservation workshop will be held. Pressure and water bath canning techniques, dehydrating and freezing will be covered. Participants will leave with the knowledge of how to grow and preserve their own produce for cold season use.

On both Oct. 20 and 27, in keeping with the homegrown food theme, a seasonal lunch will be provided. Workshops will all be at 1230 E. Honey Creek Road, Oregon, Ill.

A donation of $20 for IREA members and $40 for non-members is requested for the wind workshop and $10 for IREA members and $30 for non-members for each food class. Non-member donations will include IREA membership.

Advance registration is required. To register or for more information, call Sonia Vogl at (815) 732-7332 or e-mail Visit for more information.

From the Sept. 26-Oct. 2, 2012, issue

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