March 29, 2011

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University will host the annual Solar Scholars workshop on Saturday, April 30, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Gardner Lecture Hall (Dana Engineering 113).

The workshop is free and open to the public, but registration is required as participation is limited to 50 attendees.

To register, e-mail Bucknell senior Zak Elmanakhly, Solar Scholars Intern, at or call 845-380-8157 with name, e-mail address and telephone number.

"The day will include educational presentations as well as a guided tour of the PV solar arrays and solar thermal arrays on the Bucknell University campus," said Elmanakhly. "We've added some new features to the presentation including a section specifically for small business and home owners, and a section on new and developing technology."

Mainline Solar company
"We're excited to announce the return of Craig Dwyer as our guest presenter. Craig runs Mainline Solar, a project he created as a student at Bucknell which has grown into a very successful solar energy company," said Elmanakhly.

Beginning at 9 a.m., Elmanakhly will give a presentation on general solar information, including what to know for home installations and new technology in the field.

From 11 a.m. to noon, participants will tour Bucknell's solar arrays, followed by a lunch break from noon to 1 p.m.

Dwyer will discuss financing, home installation and solar industry development from 1 to 2 p.m., followed by a 30 minute wrap-up of energy savings and sustainable living with Elmanakhly.

Bucknell maintains three photovoltaic arrays obtained through grants from the Sustainable Energy Fund's Solar Scholars Program. In August 2006, Bucknell hosted its first Solar Scholars workshop resulting in the installation of a 2.5 kilowatt solar array, which serves as a power source for the Bucknell University Environmental Center. In April 2007, two more arrays, with a combined capacity of 3.2 kW, were installed at the Bucknell Mods.
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