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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
[DIRECTIONS]

[Download Information from Previous MAREA Presentations]
Upcoming Tuesday Night Topics
Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017 - 7:00 PM
Climate Change: The Long and Short of It
Dr. Dork Sahagian, author of A User's Guide for Planet Earth
Dork Sahagian is a Professor of Earth & Environmental Sciences at Lehigh University. (Yes, "Dork" is his real name!) As a part of his research Dork co-authored pivotal reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which was jointly awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with former vice president Al Gore. He was also the Principal Scientific Reviewer for Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-5) of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). But, it is the ability of this neighborhood professor to explain complex systems of climate and climate change in scientifically sound, plain language that most sets him apart for many of us.

Drawing on his recent book, "A User's Guide for Planet Earth," Dork will talk in detail about drivers of climate change, including natural drivers, which have always been with us, and the more recent and future drivers, brought about largely by human activities. In the context of ancient climate and a history of climate change over the last 600 million years, Dr. Sahagian explains the natural drivers of changes to climate, including variations in the earth's orbit around the sun, solar cycles and natural variations in the climate system (such as those related to El Nino).

Major drivers of current and future climate change are, of course, greenhouse gas emissions and the compounding effect they have on water vapor, itself acting as a greenhouse gas. He calls the CO2-water feedback loop a "major area of confusion among the American public" and offers one of the clearest explanations I have ever read. He also gives careful consideration to the tricky role of aerosols. He explores the profound role of carbon cycle sources and sinks as Earth attempts to rebalance under the sudden shift of vast quantities of carbon.

Professor Sahagian holds a B.S. in Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, an M.S. in Geosciences from Rutgers University, and a Ph.D in Geophysics from the University of Chicago. He served the Navy as a NORDA Oceanographer at Dartmouth College, Associate Research Scientist at Lamont-Doherty (Columbia University), and Research Scientist at the Byrd Polar Research Center (Ohio State University). He was Executive Director of the Global Analysis, Integration, and Modelling Task Force of the International Geosphere Biosphere Programme (IGBP/GAIM) at the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space at the University of New Hampshire. In 2004, he joined Lehigh University as Director of the Environmental Initiative until 2010, where he continues to teach and research in paleoclimatology, volcanology, stratigraphy, geodynamics and tectonics, global hydrology, sea level, the environmental impacts of human activities, and science education. He authored the book,
[“A User’s Guide for Planet Earth"] published in 2015.

We hope you’ll bring your questions and join us. The meeting is Tuesday, February 28, at 7:00 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!

Tuesday, March 28 - 7:00 PM
A Time to Grow, with Solar Water Pumping
Panel of local growers, moderated by Bill Hennessy
Growing wholesome food while minimizing the carbon footprint and keeping it sustainable is a challenge under the best of conditions. When the weather turns dry, irrigation is needed. At our March meeting, we'll hear from three local growers who are using solar power to pump their water:

A large scale grower who uses solar water pumping to irrigate three acres of crops and a greenhouse, a small plot grower who uses solar water and battery power, and a grid-tied solar gardener who uses rainwater catchment to irrigate.

MAREA's vice president and solar installer Bill Hennessy will moderate the discussion, which will focus on the growers and how they made their decisions to go solar. We'll look at some of the costs and technology involved and see how it fits in a sustainable, renewable process of food, water and solar electricity.

We hope you’ll bring your questions and join us. The meeting is Tuesday, February 28, at 7:00 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!


For questions, more information or to suggest a topic or speaker, contact:
Vera Cole: 215-258-0526 or veracole@comcast.net
[Download Information from Previous MAREA Presentations]

MAREA Book Discussion
Thursday, March 9, 2017 6:30PM to 8:00PM
at the Kutztown Community Library, 70 Bieber Alley, Kutztown, PA

Available from Firefly in Kutztown, your intrepid local book-store
Our Renewable Future
Laying the Path for 100% Clean Energy
(Island Press, 2016).
by Richard Heinberg and David Fridley

What will our future world look like when it is 100% fueled by renewable energy? Scaling from 12% renewable generation to 100% renewable generation has many consequences. How will our lives change? Heinberg and Fridley explore the practical challenges to help us prepare for our renewable future, including the Grid, transportation, industry, and other effects often overlooked in our daily lives. The authors also suggest what the government and individuals might do to facilitate and adjust to these changes so we might be better prepared for our Renewable Future!

Join us for an fluid discussion of this
timely and provocative book.
All are welcome!
(even if you haven't read the book)


The Mid-Atlantic Renewable Energy Association (MAREA) is offering the opportunity to see solar energy technologies and applications in the Berks, Lehigh, and York County areas on Saturday, May 6, from 10 AM to 3 PM.

Please check back for future updates with home listings, directions, and installation details! If you have any questions on the solar home tour or wish to be a host, please email MAREA Board Member Joe Matisko at: [joematisko@comcast.net]


MAREA completes solar hot water project
to help needy.
MAREA's solar hot water installation at Reading's Opportunity House is complete!
This large system is expected to cut fuel costs and emissions by 50% and provide 100% of summertime hot water needs. The nonprofit Opportunity House offers round-the-clock childcare to support the working poor and provides emergency housing, three meals per day, and laundry facilities on a daily basis for needy men, women and children. The solar hot water installation (and related plumbing upgrades) was given to the shelter in full, with no cost to the Opportunity House for materials, labor or permitting. MAREA board member Tom Green, a mechanical engineer who works as Kutztown University's Director of Campus Energy Services, led the project, working closely with fellow board member Bill Hennessy to coordinate the efforts of many skilled volunteers and local companies who donated expertise, equipment and materials. More details to come on this special project and its many generous contributors!

Interested in being on the MAREA Board of Directors? Let us know!
[CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO]

Need a gift...but don't want to buy stuff?
If you'd like to make a donation to MAREA or buy someone a membership
as a gift, let us know and we'll handle the acknowledgement thoughtfully,
by email or paper mail, with your input.

Drop us a note at [themarea@gmail.com].
And remember, all new memberships get a free copy of the DVD, "Saving Sunshine"!

Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture

PASA 25th Annual Farming for the Future Conference
[CLICK HERE] to read more and sign up.

Upodated Schedule [HERE]

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.
A
[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

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]
Pennsylvania Solar Electric Installers May 2016
  Download an extensive list of solar electric installers in Pennsylvania
If you are solar installer in PA and would like to be included in this directory,
please complete the form here,
PA Solar Installer Info.
  [Marea Drectory of Solar Installers: May 2016]
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.
  [CHECK OUT SUNNYMONEY]

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.
  [READ MORE ABOUT THE PROJECT]
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 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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