March 20, 2009

One of two solar panels powering a student housing unit at Bucknell West.

LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell University’s Solar Scholars will offer a free workshop on the basics of solar energy on Saturday, April 18.

Free and open to the public, the workshop will be held in the Elaine Langone Center’s Gallery Theater from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Advance registration is required.

“The workshop is designed to teach the basics of solar energy,” said Barbara Summers, Class of ’11 and student organizer and intern in the Bucknell University Environmental Center. “Participants will come out of this workshop with enough of an understanding of solar energy to help them in the design and installation of their own solar array.”

How solar works
Summers said workshop participants can expect to learn how solar energy works – from the time the sun hits a solar panel to when it lights a bulb in their home.

Discussion topics will include determining the right type and size of a solar system, the steps involved in installation and operation of a home or small business solar system, wiring basics, system comparisons and solar-cost analysis.

To register for the workshop, contact Barbara Summers at Barbara.summers@bucknell.edu or 216-410-2408.

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