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LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Bucknell University's Solar Scholars will lead three solar energy workshops designed to teach solar energy basics.

The Saturday workshops will be held Feb. 16, March 1, and April 5 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bucknell University Environmental Center. The workshops are free and open to the public as well as Bucknell students, faculty and staff and students from regional colleges and universities. Pre-registration is required.

"Attendees can expect to learn the basics of designing, siting, and installing a small-scale residential solar array," said Jess Scott, a Bucknell senior and member of the campus Solar Scholars program. "They can expect to learn how solar energy works -- from the time the sun hits a solar panel to the time a light bulb turns on in their home."

Scott, the student organizer behind the recent Focus the Nation teach-in, a daylong effort to focus attention on global climate issues and potential solutions, said that participants can expect to "come out of this workshop with an understanding of solar energy strong enough to play an integral role in the design and installation of their own array."

Among the topics that will be discussed at each of the five-hour workshops are how to determine the correct type and size of solar system, the steps of installing and operating a solar system at a home or small business, solar cost analysis, battery and wiring basics, and system comparisons.

To attend the solar workshops, contact Jess Scott.

The workshops are the continuation of the work of the Solar Scholars program, a solar energy design and education program started on six Pennsylvania campuses two years ago. At that time, Bucknell was among six schools given a grant from the Sustainable Energy Fund to participate in a weeklong intensive solar energy workshop, held at Bucknell, and installation of a solar array at the Bucknell University Environmental Center.

Electricity from the solar array, when not fully used at the center, is fed to the national electric grid.

Another Solar Scholars design and installation project was recently completed on the Bucknell campus with the construction of two arrays at Bucknell West. Electricity from the panels -- one stationary and one that tracks the sun -- is powering a student living space and panel data are being collected for classroom analysis and being shared with the other schools participating in the Solar Scholars education program.

BucknellUniversity has taken a strong environmental stance, having recently signed the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. The commitment, as announced by President Brian C. Mitchell, represents a pledge to minimize greenhouse gas emissions, to enhance environmental stewardship efforts, and to foster the concepts of sustainability and environmental ethics in the curriculum.


Bucknell University Environmental Center co-director Craig Kochel with the center's solar panel.

Contact: Office of Communications

Posted Feb. 5, 2008

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