April 24, 2012

BUEC with solar panels and garden
BUEC with solar panels and garden

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell University Solar Scholars will present a "Renewable Energy Workshop" Saturday, May 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The morning workshop begins at 9 a.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center.

Topics include how global markets are making renewable energy technologies more affordable, how energy auditing can reduce overall energy demands, how renewable energy technology can be integrated into homes and businesses, and how community-wide programs are working to make renewable energy more accessible.

Speakers include Bucknell faculty/staff members Stephen Durfee, campus energy manager; Peter Jansson, associate professor of electrical engineering; and Nate Siegel, assistant professor of mechanical engineering; and Stacy Richards, director of SEDA-COG's energy resource center, who served as deputy secretary for pollution prevention for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

Beginning after lunch, afternoon displays — a soda can solar heater, photovoltaic arrays, wind turbine, solar water heater and solar pathfinder — may be seen at the Bucknell University Environmental Center, located near the Observatory, and at Bucknell West, located across Route 15 near the West Fields sports complex. In addition, speakers will discuss how renewable energy demonstration projects can be used in K-12 and college classrooms.

Registration is required as seating is limited; lunch is provided. The registration fee is $15 in advance (if registration is received by May 4) and $25 at the door. For assistance with registration, call Carol High at 570-577-1490. For more information about the workshop, e-mail delmogaz@bucknell.edu.

The Bucknell Solar Scholars are dedicated to educating the University community and the public about the benefits of solar energy technology. The University maintains three photovoltaic arrays obtained through grants from the Sustainable Energy Fund's Solar Scholars Program.

Bucknell hosted its first Solar Scholars workshop in August 2006, which resulted in the installation of a 2.5 kilowatt solar array that serves as a power source for the Bucknell University Environmental Center. Two more arrays, with a combined capacity of 3.2 kW, were installed in April 2007 at Bucknell's Mods student housing. Real-time solar energy data is available at http://linux.bucknell.edu/~altenergy/

Contact: Division of Communications