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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
Upcoming Tuesday Night Topics
7:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 30
"Making a World of Difference: Cooking with the Sun"

Paul Munsen, SUN OVENS International

Ask questions and purchase the full package at 33% discount.
Replay and discount offer ends on July 10

In a world that generally seems so complicated, things can sometimes be very simple. According to the
[World Health Organization], about 3 billion people use fires to cook and heat their homes—burning wood, animal dung, crop waste and coal. Each year, about 4 million people die prematurely from illnesses attributable to pollution from cooking with solid fuels. More than half of deaths among children under age 5 is due to soot from household air pollution. Adding to that, with global deforestation occurring at an alarming rate, about half of the wood consumed in the world is for heating and cooking. Come on, how hard can this be?

For 28 years, SUN OVENS International, located in Elburn Illinois, has been making solar cookers in the USA. The company’s ovens are currently used in 130 countries around the world with the support of organizations including the USA Department of Energy, the UN High Commissioner on Refugees, World Bank and many others. In 2004, Nelson Mandela attended the dedication of a [SUN OVEN project] in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.

The SUN OVENS International business model is to sell solar cookers in the USA to those who wish to save energy and prepare for emergencies and to use a portion of the profit from those sales to support SUN OVEN cooking in deforested developing countries. The company works to develop and implement solar cooking programs that decrease dependence on fuelwood and dung as cooking fuels, benefiting the environment, raising standards of living and improving human health.

MAREA is delighted to welcome the president of SUN OVENS International, Paul Munsen, as our speaker on June 30 at TEK PARK. Well, sorta! Turns out, Paul can’t come to PA that night but can join us online using a new service they’ve set up. Here’s how: We will gather in our usual time and place at TEK Park. Paul’s live presentation will be projected onto the screen and questions will be taken from the crowd. (Others can use their computer to watch and ask questions from home. See details below.) We’ll have a SUN OVEN in the room and some folks there with solar cooking experience to share. And of course, snacks and conversation!

In his presentation, Paul will talk about solar cooking projects in developing countries, including the environmental, health and quality-of-life benefits. He’ll also explain how SUN OVENS work and how to use them. Solar cooking products will be described with pricing and how to purchase. SUN OVENS is going to offer the MAREA audience a discounted SUN OVENS package with accessories (details below).

To join the live meeting from home (over the computer), just go to this website: http://events.instantteleseminar.com/?eventid=70884228
You can see and hear the presentation and questions, and type in any questions you’d like to ask. For a week after the meeting (using the same website link), anyone can view the recording and still ask questions. They’ll be answered by the next day. The discounted Sun Ovens package will also be available for the week.

We hope you can join us on Tuesday, June 30 at 7:00 at TEKPark in Breinigsville, PA (between Kutztown and Allentown) or online. Meetings are free and open to the public. After the meeting, please plan to stick around and chat with friends old and new. We're also interested in your ideas for MAREA speakers, activities and services. Light snacks will be served. Hope to see you there!

Paul M. Munsen is the president of SUN OVENS International, Inc, located in Elburn, Illinois USA, and is the leading manufacturer of high quality solar cooking devices. He has been involved in solar cooking projects and taught solar cooking on 5 continents. Paul has addressed the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development at the UN Headquarters in New York and worked on projects supported by Rotary International, the U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Department of Energy, the Overseas Private Investment Corp., U.N. High Commissioner on Refugees, South African Ministry of Minerals and Energy, British High Commission and World Bank. He is the past-president of the Illinois Society for International Development, and a member of Solar Cookers International and the Illinois Solar Energy Association.
SUN OVENS International package discount for MAREA
  One All American SUN OVEN
  Multi-Level Dehydrating & Baking Rack Set (set of 3 racks w/1 roll parchment paper)
  Two Easy-Stack Pots with interchangeable enamel and glass lids
  One Multi-Fuel Water Pasteurizing Indicator (WAPI)
  Two Loaf Pans
  One Cloudy Day Cube Stove with 2 Fuel Disks/Fire Starters
  Ten Fuel Disks/Fire Starters
  SUN OVEN® eCookbook & Emergency Preparedness CD with 600 recipes, hundreds of pictures, video clips and much more
Sun Oven is offering MAREA a 30% discount, reducing the package price from $448 to $315 (shipping included).
A Sun Oven without accessories can be purchased on Amazon for $294.

July 28, “Aquion Energy
Aquion Energy, maker of clean and sustainable saltwater batteries, with headquarters and manufacturing in western PA

August 25, “Alternative Energy Production Car Show,” details to come soon.
Show starts in parking lot at 6:00, meeting begins at 7:00

September 29, “MAREA Open Mic Night”
Have something to tell, ask, show? You are invited to take the mic! Details coming soon.

Other events (MAREA will have a table at all)

EnergyPath 2015, Conference and Expo (and Science Fair!)
July 23-24, Scranton PA

SOLAR 2015, (American Solar Energy Society (ASES) Annual Conference
July 28-30, Penn State Main Campus

Bethlehem VegFest, Streets & Food Festival, August 22

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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