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  • MAREA Workshops 2010
    adjust the tilt of the array seasonally On top of this steel structure workshop participants installed a DPW Solar array mounting system manufactured in the USA with 22 parallel rails creating 11 sections Students then installed 44 Solon 225 W solar modules manufactured in the USA on the mounting system including all electrical connections and grounding Two electricians Bruce Hankins and Lee Kaufmann directed the electrical wiring and system integration which included two Solectria 5000 inverters upgrading and replacing an electrical subpanel disconnects production meter combiner box for four strings of modules a line side tap and all necessary conduit PVC and metal By mid day Friday the system was fully operational and students watched the homeowners meter turn backwards This 9 9 kW system is expected to generate about 11 700 kWh per year and earn 12 RECs per year It qualified for a PA Sunshine Rebate and the Federal Renewable Energy Tax Credit To learn more about residential solar electricity and see if it s right for you visit www themarea org solar shtml Stay tuned for future workshops we re planning several more for the summer and would love for you to join us For more information contact bill hennessy themarea org MAREA Workshop Gene Mosca Residence Higher Learning Rooftop Solar Workshop From as far as Staten Island NY to York PA participants in MAREA s most recent Solar Installation Workshop sweated and smiled through four vigorous days of cooperative work and learning This installation took place on a residential rooftop in Kutztown PA at the home of Gene and Vivian Mosca The installed solar electric system uses microinverter technology from Enphase with 30 Solon 225W solar modules for a system power rating of 6 75 kW The system is expected to offset about 80 of the home s annual electricity consumption The state of the art system was designed by Bill Hennessy a NABCEP certified PV installer and partner in Berks Solar the business responsible for the installation Each day involved both classroom training and rooftop installation Vera Cole author of Pennsylvania Homeowner s Guide to Solar Electricity and faculty member in Penn State s Energy and Sustainability Policy Program led many of the training sessions on topics including solar electricity principles site and design considerations system sizing and financial considerations Phil Jones a LEED AP and BPI certified Building Analyst and director of Green Business Solutions at EMS Environmental led an afternoon session on energy conservation and efficiency essential considerations for all renewable energy generation projects Though the workshop was MAREA s fifth PV installation there were many firsts including a rooftop site Enphase microinverters with monitoring and a new Power Rail racking system from DPW It kept things hopping Workshop participants with the supervision of instructors and Lee Kauffman the project electrician worked on all aspects of the installation learning first hand literally with their hands the nuts and bolts of solar systems Most had no previous experience with solar but found this to

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  • MAREA Workshops 2010
    week Berks Solar was the solar contractor for the Karchinstallation delivering a 9 9 kW system designed by Bill Hennessy a PA approved NAPCEP certified PV installer Bill also organized and led the workshop along with Vera Cole author of Pennsylvania Homeowner s Guide to Solar Electricity and Senior Lecturer at Penn State Both are MAREA board members Seven students enrolled in the workshop from as faraway as Kennett Square including homeowners planning a solar project engineers a mechanic builder plumber contractor and even a pretzel baker We began each day with coffee and doughnuts and red beet eggs in a nearby classroom with presentations on a range of topics including the basics of solar electricity the system design and components planned for this installation shading analysis using Pathfinder electrical safety principles of grounding solar electric financial considerations costs incentives RECS and payback and daily Q A always interesting Presentations were a team effort including some by Bill and Vera plus Bruce Hankins an electrician on this project and a solar electric teacher and an invited speaker After lunch very important we spent each afternoon on the site installing a 9 9 kW pole mounted system Before the workshop the site was prepped with eight schedule 40 6 steel pipes mounted in 6 ft deep footings 2 feet in diameter in a single row This setup permits the homeowner to adjust the tilt of the array seasonally On top of this steel structure workshop participants installed a DPW Solar array mounting system manufactured in the USA with 22 parallel rails creating 11 sections Students then installed 44 Solon 225 W solar modules manufactured in the USA on the mounting system including all electrical connections and grounding electricians Bruce Hankins a licensed electrician directed the electrical wiring and system integration which

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  • MAREA Community Education
    EDUCATION HISTORY OF MAREA SPONSORS BUSINESS AND SUSTAINING MEMBERS LINKS EVENTS MAREA Community Education MAREA works within the community to educate the public about renewable energy and sustainability through events and workshops Your membership supports this important work We also conduct monthly meetings at TEK Park 9999 Hamilton Boulevard Breinigsville Pennsylvania 18031 DIRECTIONS The meetings feature speakers demonstrations and discussions on renewable energy and sustainable living Go to the MAREA

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  • About MAREA
    our dependency on fossil fuels and foreign energy We as citizens can do more than protest we wanted to take positive action by promoting individuals businesses and groups that care about the direction of the U S A Mother earth and the human soul Samuel and Annemarie Yoder had been to the Midwest Renewable Energy Fair www themrea org and had been to Maine s Common Ground Country Fair www mofga org The idea was to combine farming and home grown energy in Berks and Lehigh Counties The focus was to organize an educational healthy event with demonstrations lectures and vendors while offering slow food and a casual family entertainment as a county festival Virginia Grim organized the area schools to add a unique component of an education day for mid and high school students Archie volunteered full time duty to coordinate a location and sponsorship of the festival We met at our homes as the Board of Directors David Bascelli came aboard immediately as the web designer for the organization and the festival Bill Hennessy Dan Brown Anne Stocker Bob Flatley Brian Moyer who met at the Silver Maple Clinic as volunteers to offer direction and contacts all joined

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  • MAREA Sustaining Members
    progresiveengineer com www ProgressiveEngineer com Saving Green Energy Audits Anthony Hyde 655 Mohican Drive Easton PA 18040 8280 484 860 2878 www savinggreenenergyaudits com info SavingGreenEnergyAudits com Krannich Solar Inc 7000 Commerce Parkway Suite A Mount Laurel NJ 08054 1 856 802 0991 info usa krannich solar com www usa krannich solar com Intelligent Energy East LLC Scott Delany 763 Mancill Road Wayne PA 19087 2004 610 937 1001 scott

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  • MAREA Important Links
    2010 Projects 2011 Projects COMMUNITY EDUCATION HISTORY OF MAREA SPONSORS BUSINESS AND SUSTAINING MEMBERS LINKS EVENTS Important Links PASA Pennsylvania Assoc for Sustainable Agriculture Pennsylvania Sierra Club Energy Teachers energyteachers org Mid West Renewable Energy Association HomePower Magazine Back Home

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  • MAREA 2015 Berks Lehigh Solar Tour
    ventilation and double wall construction with extremely high levels of insulation 4 Name BULLFROG FILMS John Hoskyns Abrahall Winnie Scherrer Address 372 Dautrich Road Reading PA 19606 Exeter Township GOOGLE MAP Description This installation was featured in the MAREA dvd Saving Sunshine Keeping the Lights On with Batteries and Solar Power The seven kilowatt system consists of 30 pole mounted modules that are connected to the grid and an independent battery backup system The solar modules provide clean renewable electricity for the everyday needs for the office of this environmental film distributor while the solar modules and batteries provide backup power for lights heat phones and computers in the event of a power failure System installer and star of the dvd Bruce Hankins will be at the site to discuss the details of the ac coupled system with its multiple inverters and manintenace free Deka batteries 5 Name Bob Elwell Address 314 Kulps Road Barto PA 19504 GOOGLE MAP Description Describing himself as a guy interested in net zero building Bob is constructing a 2100 square foot three bedroom rancher supported by nine foot tall Superior Walls in the basement The house has flash and batt R 35 insulation for the 2x6 walls above grade R 60 flash and batts in the ceiling and R 20 insulation on the basement walls There is a 7 6 kW roof mounted PV system with 27 modules and SolarEdge optimizers The mechanicals include a geothermal heat pump for heating and cooling and energy recovery ventilation The house design is based on home plans from a magazine that Bob enhanced with energy saving and sustainable features The house is under construction BERKS LEHIGH COUNTY LINE 1 Name Matt Shawn Keller Address 10952 Folk Road Breinigsville PA 18031 GOOGLE MAP Description 3 2 kW solar array on the workshop roof grid tied installed January 2010 25 Megawatt Hours to date The solar array inverter and meter are located in or on workshop alongside the driveway for easy access BONUS In addition to my solar system enjoy speaking about Chevy Volt and WVO diesel Volvos Directions From route 222 turn South on Folk road at Premise Maid Candies Take 1st left country lane about mile from 222 and drive to workshop LEHIGH COUNTY 1 Name Wes Linda Loder Address 1394 Greene Hill Court Kutztown PA 19530 GOOGLE MAP Description Self designed timber frame home 1 375 Sq Ft with passive solar design heat 300 ton heat sink off grid home Solar alone is enough to heat the house until December Back up masonry heater at center of home heats into March with less than two cords of wood season typical Electric power from 1 2 KW of photovoltaic panels except for well water supply has own panels and a 2000 gallon gravity fed tank Backup generator used only twice in the five years they ve lived here Power stored in four six volt batteries An inverter changes the DC to conventional household AC current Hot water

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  • MAREA Directions to TEK Park
    6 Continue on Kutztown Rd 3 1 mi 5 mins 7 Continue on US 222 N 4 6 mi 5 mins 8 Continue on Kutztown Rd 3 6 mi 4 mins 9 Continue on Hamilton Blvd 1 0 mi Allentown 1 Take PA 222 S 2 Slight left at PA 222 2 1 mi 5 mins 3 Continue on US 222 S 3 1 mi 5 mins 4 Continue on Hamilton Blvd 4 0 mi 5 mins Harrisburg 1 Take US 22 W 2 Take the I 81 N US 322 E ramp to Hazleton Allentown 90 7 mi 1 min 3 Merge onto I 81 N 20 9 mi 20 mins 4 Take exit 89 to merge onto I 78 E toward Allentown 44 9 mi 44 mins 5 Take exit 45 for PA 863 toward Lynnport New Smithville 0 2 mi 6 Turn right at Golden Key Rd 482 ft 1 min 7 Continue on Independent Rd 0 3 mi 8 Turn left to stay on Independent Rd 3 0 mi 6 mins 9 Turn left at Hamilton Blvd 0 5 mi 2 mins Philadelphia 1 Take the ramp onto I 76 W 12 6 mi 15 mins 2 Take exit 331B to merge onto I 476 N toward Plymouth Mtg Partial toll road 41 6 mi 40 mins 3 Take exit 56 for US 22 toward I 78 Allentown PA 309 Harrisburg Partial toll road 0 6 mi 1 min 4 Keep left at the fork follow signs for US 22 W I 78 W Harrisburg and merge onto US 22 W 3 4 mi 4 mins 5 Take exit 49A to merge onto PA 100 S toward Trexlertown 1 9 mi 3 mins 6 Turn right at PA 100 S 1 4 mi 2 mins 7

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