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  The Mid-Atlantic Renewable Energy Association (MAREA) is a nonprofit organization, dedicated to informing and educating the public on renewable energy production, energy efficiency, and sustainable living through meetings, workshops, educational materials, and energy fairs.
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MAREA Monthly Meetings, the More the Merrier!
Free and Open to the Public
(Always the last Tuesday of the month)

TEK Park, 9999 Hamilton Boulevard, Breinigsville, PA 18031-9300

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Upcoming Tuesday Night Topics
Tuesday, October 27
“MAREA Open Mic Night"

We’re trying something new…YOU are invited to speak at our October meeting!

Every month our speakers tell us how impressed they are by the MAREA audience questions—smart, hard and lots of them! (We always say with a smile, we tried to warn you…) Clearly in our ranks we have loads of experience, knowledge and enthusiasm on a variety of topics. Plus, it’s fun to hear from our own friends and neighbors about personal experience of shared interest. (For those of you who attended our August car show, you’ll know just what we mean. Great fun, and very informative, to hear from the car owners themselves!)

For our October meeting, we’re inviting you to take the mic, front and center! We’re looking for people to share short stories about their personal experience with a renewable energy and/or sustainability project that would be of interest and use to others in the audience. It can be big or small! What went wrong, what went right? You can use slides and pictures, examples and demos, or just speak from notes.

We’ll plan and publish an agenda of all speakers in advance. This is for our meeting at 7:00 on Tuesday, October 27.

If you would like to participate, please email
veracole@comcast.net by Tuesday, October 6.

In your email, include your name, contact info, and a brief description of what you’d like to share. (Please, no commercial presentations.) The amount of time allotted will depend on the number of speakers and nature of the topics. We are so excited to hear from you!

  Remember, the criteria for these short talks are:
  related to renewable energy and/or sustainability,
  based on your personal experience,
  of interest and use to MAREA audience members, and
  not commercial.

All requests will be given full consideration. You’ll receive a reply by Thursday, October 8.
Thanks in advance for your interest in sharing! We look forward to hearing from you.
Please send info to Vera, (veracole@comcast.net) by Tuesday, October 6. Thanks!

We hope you can join us at TEKPark (9999 Hamilton Boulevard, Breinigsville, PA 18031, between Kutztown and Allentown) Meetings are free and open to the public. After the meeting, please plan to stick around and chat with friends old and new. Light snacks will be served. Hope to see you there!

November & December, no meeting. See you in January 2016!

6:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday, October 8
at the Kutztown Community Library, 70 Bieber Alley, Kutztown, PA 19530
The public is invited to a a discussion of Naomi Klein's new book:
This Changes Everything from

The public is invited to a discussion of the final chapters of Naomi Klein’s new book,
This Changes Everything, Capitalism vs. the Climate.

The free discussion will be held 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, October 8, at the Kutztown Community Library, 70 Bieber Alley, Kutztown, PA 19530.

For questions regarding the meeting, please
contact Bill Hennessy at 484-560-4666 or [bill@berkssolar.com]

Facilitator Cheryl Knight suggested the discussion as a follow up to last month’s initial review of the book.

Knight noted that the much of the well-researched book predicted devastating effects due to climate change from our system of world-wide corporate government.

This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate: Naomi Klein
The most important book yet from the author of the international bestseller The Shock Doctrine, a brilliant explanation of why the climate crisis challenges us to abandon the core “free market” ideology of our time, restructure the global economy, and remake our p...

The October discussion of the book’s Part 3 will look at Klein’s more positive takes on what individuals can do if they join together to promote a healthier and sustainable world that offers economic justice to all citizens.

Klein states in her book, “...only mass social movements can save us now. Because we know where the current system, left unchecked, is headed. We also know how that system will deal with the reality of serial climate-related disasters: with profiteering, and escalating barbarism to segregate the losers from the winners.”

The social movement by citizens to abolish slavery in the Western nations offers an analogy of what is needed to avert climate catastrophe from fossil fuel extraction.

To regulate and control fossil fuel extraction, Klein suggests that a carbon tax “might do a lot less good than forming a grand coalition to demand a guaranteed minimum income.”

A guaranteed income she argues, may lead to debates “about what we owe one another based on our shared humanity, and what it is that we collectively value more than economic growth and corporate profits.

This shift in perspective, she argues, “may also give us a better understanding of our personal climate inaction allowing many of us to view past and present failures with compassion, rather than angry judgment.

For questions regarding the meeting, please contact
Bill Hennessy at 484-560-4666 or [bill@berkssolar.com]

September 29, Citizens’ Climate Lobby”
Randy Gyory of Citizens’ Climate Lobby, a national advocacy group for a policy called “Carbon Fee and Dividend” to internalize the costs of burning carbon-based fuels. Many climate scientists and economists say it is the best first-step to reduce the likelihood of catastrophic climate change from global warming.

Other events (MAREA will have a table at all)

Bethlehem VegFest, Streets & Food Festival, August 22

October 27, “MAREA Open Mic” Night
Have something to tell, ask, show? You are invited to take the mic! Details coming soon.

Be safe on the roof.
MAREA has two never (or very slightly) used fall-protection-in-a bucket systems that we’d like to sell at good price.
[GUARDIAN 805 Bucket] (selling for $125) and a [Gemtor VP 811] (selling for $150). Available at the TEK Park meeting. If you can’t make it, drop us a note at themarea@gmail.com.
Cash or credit is fine. We’re required to charge sales tax, but no shipping
For questions, more information or to suggest a topic or speaker, contact:
Vera Cole: 215-258-0526 or veracole@comcast.net
[Information Available From Previous Talks]

Thinking about going solar? Resources for Homeowners & Small Businesses
"Solar Electricity for PA Homeowners" — Aug 2014 presentation slides
  If your organization would like a speaker on this topic, we’d be happy to help.
Please contact: [themarea@gmail.com]. [DOWNLOAD THE PRESENTATION]
On-Line Resources for those Considering Solar
  List of on-line resources to help you find an installer, estimate electricity generation, understand environmental value, consider financial aspects and more.
  [MAREA’s Recommended Resources]
SunnyMoney Residential Solar Electric Estimator
  Easy, on-line tool (updated 2014!) developed by MAREA to help Pennsylvania homeowners plan & budget for solar electric projects. Quick & accurate estimates for system size, electricity generation, savings, cost, Federal tax credit, environmental payback & more.

MAREA produces its first movie:
"Saving Sunshine"
Keeping the Lights on with Batteries and Solar Power”
In plain language, master electrician and solar installer Bruce Hankins explains AC Coupling, the combining of a grid-tied solar electric installation with an off-grid battery backup system. This technology, made possible through advanced electronics, offers benefits for all users of the entire electric system—both those with and without solar. Teachers, electricians, system installers, owners of grid-tied systems and solar advocates will find Hankins’ clear explanations in “Saving Sunshine” helpful in learning the specifics of an AC Coupled system and how it forms a local electric distribution system.
Free DVD with MAREA membership
While supplies last, all new and renewing MAREA members will receive a free copy of "Saving Sunshine, Keeping the Lights on with Batteries and Solar Power,” the 30-minute DVD produced by MAREA this year with funding from the Berks Community Foundation and distributed by Bullfrog Films. It’s terrific film, offering an interesting and easily understood explanation of the electricity grid and distribution generation, especially the role of batteries with solar. MAREA is a 501(c)3 non-profit. Donations and memberships are how we keep the lights on. Thanks for your help.
[Watch the Trailer on YouTube]
[Read More and Purchase the DVD]

Event Announcements
Perpetual economic growth is neither possible nor desirable. Growth, especially in wealthy nations, is already causing more problems than it solves.
You are invited to sign the Center for Advancement of the Steady State Economy (CASSE) position statement in support of a sustainable, steady state economy with stabilized population and consumption. For full detail, please visit [TAKE A POSITION]. At the direction of its board, MAREA signed as an organization on Feb 17, 2015.
Solar Advocates Fight Utilities Over Grid Access
  Across the country the solar industry is battling utilities over the financial details of feeding electricity from renewable resources back into the power grid.

Vera Cole, president of the Mid-Atlantic Renewable Energy Association, a group arguing against proposed rules in Pennsylvania that would put stricter limits on how much grid-connected solar power homeowners can produce on their property.

PA Sunshine Counts: Our Common Solar Wealth - July 2014
This report is an analysis of records obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for more than 7,000 solar electric systems receiving PA Sunshine Rebates, with detailed findings related to cost trends, system size, installation locations, component manufacturers, and installers.

In the interest of good solar, MAREA has chosen to provide this report at no charge to members and nonmembers alike. MAREA believes strongly that the more informed voices in the conversation the better the outcome.Thank you for reading this report.
MAREA is funded entirely though memberships, events, grants and donations. Your support is needed and genuinely appreciated.

  Solar Hot Water Benefits Homeless Shelter
  To help reduce monthly expenses for Opportunity House, a multi-service organization improving the quality of life for children, families and adults who face various obstacles to independent living in the Reading area, MAREA has spearheaded a project to install a solar hot water system on their main building.
Check out the Progress: [READING EAGLE 8-1-14] [WFMZ NEWS VIDEO]

Court Affirms Mid-Atlantic Renewable Energy Association’s Right to Know,
Orders DEP to Release Solar Data
September 18, 2012, Kutztown, PA A renewable energy organization's request for access to information regarding solar installations receiving rebates from the $100 million state [Sunshine Program] was recently upheld by the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania. [READ THE FULL RELEASE]

Community Projects & Workshops

MAREA conducts small group workshops on practical alternative energy projects throughout the year.
[Learn from experts in the field. MAREA members receive special discount on workshops]

MAREA Board Member Don Bucci talks about the benefits of a solar hot water system.
(Reading Eagle 2/10/2013)
Several decades ago, Don Bucci began heating domestic hot water at home using solar energy and still cherishes that original setup's benefits today. [READ THE FULL STORY]
MAREA President Vera Cole on electricity conservation (Allentown Morning Call (12/16/12)
The impulse to save electricity may have its roots in an environmentalist ethic, or it may stem from a simple urge to save money. [READ THE FULL STORY]
MAREA board member Anna Digate talks about recycling (Reading Eagle 12/17/12)
With gift-giving holidays approaching, wrapping paper and décor deserve a chance to be looked at in a greener way.

MAREA Educational Programs
MAREA is planning a series of two-hour workshops on possible topics that include, so far, solar electric design, solar hot water design, structural engineering for solar electric mounting systems, thermodynamics, commissioning solar electric systems, solar oven cooking, reducing electrical use in the home, all about RECs, considerations for commercial solar electricity installations, solar electricity for homeowners and wire crimping for solar installations. Whew! Let us know topics you would like covered and if there's a topic you, or someone you know, would like to instruct. Dates, locations and times will be announced soon. We expect them to be on Saturday mornings with a fee of around $45 for members. We're also nailing down plans for the next solar electric installation workshops. We'll send details as soon as they're available.
With ideas or questions, please contact
Bill Hennessy, 484-560-4666, bill@berkssolar.com.

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