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  • Welcome to MAREA
    Covino Senior Consultant for Emerging Markets at PJM DOWNLOAD SUSAN S PRESENTATION February 24 2015 Local Homeowners Long Road to Net Zero Pays Off Net zero house A house that produces as much energy as it uses Imagine that Kurt Reinhart SOLAR CALCULATIONS PDF SOLAR CALCULATIONS XLS CONTRACTOR CONTACT INFORMATION October 28 2014 Turning Residential Electric Heaters into a Grid Asset A residential transactive energy application in Pennsylvania Jessica Smith and Ron Mixell of VCharge Electric Thermal Storage PPL Project in East Stroudsburg PA See Hiding a 15 MWh Battery in Plain Sight Jessica Smith VCharge January 28 2014 The Why and Wherefore of Biogas Systems Natural Gas without Fracking Bob Hamburg Director Omega Alpha Recycling Systems Glenside PA DOWNLOAD BOB S PRESENTATION October 29th 2013 Designing and Operating a Sustainable Hydroponic Food System Lessons from the Field Eric W Stein Ph D Associate Professor of Management Science and Information Systems Penn State Former Director of New Ventures and Entrepreneurial Studies Penn State Media PA 19063 610 246 8874 484 727 8874 ericwstein com Skype cire3500 Twitter ericsteinphd LinkedIn www linkedin com pub eric w stein 0 a00 5ab eric e3garden com estein ericwstein com DOWNLOAD THE PRESENTATION Entrepreneurial CEO Barisoft LLC CEO Jazztech Publishing Community Service Councilman Media PA September 24 2013 Christina Simeone Penn Future Energy Center Director Shopping for Clean Electricity DOWNLOAD THE PRESENTATION Answers to questions asked at the meeting Q Is Washington Gas Energy Services WGES licensed by the PA Public Utility Commission PUC A Yes A list of licensed electric generation suppliers is available here and WGES is included Q Is there an entity that rates the performance of electric generation suppliers A I have not been able to locate such an entity However the PUC encourages consumers to call them if they are having problems Here is a copy of a recent PUC press release on electric generation suppliers and info about how to contact the PUC about concerns August 27 2013 Dave Peterson of ECOvanta Anything with a Cord Electronics Recycling eWaste Recycling Resources Pittsburgh Area Goodwill to Stop Accepting TVs Disposal of Older Monitors Leaves a Hazardous Trail Abandoned warehouses full of CRTs found in several states Abandoned Baltimore warehouse is full of CRTs April 30 2013 Dr Michael Mann Nobel Prize contributor author The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars We had a full house for Dr Michael Mann s terrific talk and book signing on Tuesday April 30 He has shared his presentation with us It along with other resources can be accessed through the links below Download the Powerpoint Presentation 40MB TED Talk RealClimate org Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change IPCC Assessment Reports IPCC Channel 69 news account of the evening and presentation by Randy Kraft Dr Michael Mann warns global warming will create a fundamentally different planet 69 NEWS March 26 2013 Homesweet Homegrown How to Grow Make and Store Food No Matter Where You Live A resident of Kutztown Robyn Jasko is a knowledgeable and fun

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  • MAREA: Saving Sunshine DVD
    be with us to lead a Q A discussion following the movie 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 I can t hear you the generator is running Well not any more we re out of gas The topic is timely and offers a glimpse of what technology is available now and can be implemented through a mutually beneficial partnership of homeowners and utilities The recent surge in residential photovoltaic installations and evolving inverter technology has increased applications of distributed generation Distributed generation uses small scale technologies to produce electricity close to the end users One form of distributed generation is photovoltaic electricity with battery storage Both scalable and renewable it can offer several benefits including lower cost transmission and distribution higher power reliability and security and fewer environmental consequences than traditional power generators In Pennsylvania almost all photovoltaic installations are grid tied without battery backup Although a small step in expansion of distributed generation adding battery backup to existing PV systems is doable and with most of the costs being carried by the system owners it requires minimal investments by utilities and public agencies Berks Community Television in Reading shot and edited the DVD which was produced by Bullfrog Films of Exeter Township and MAREA The film was funded through a grant from the Met Ed Sustainable Energy Fund of Berks Community Foundation and will be distributed through Bullfrog Films Additional Background and Detail According to the National Academy of Science bringing new sources of electric power to consumers may be as much of a challenge as creating it Generating stations are usually built away from load

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  • MAREA News & Events
    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 Summary Full Report Press Release Right to Know Case MAREA is funded entirely though memberships events grants and donations Your support is needed and genuinely appreciated Bryn Gweled Homesteads www bryngweled org in lower Bucks County will hold a free Homesteading Open House 11am 5pm on Sunday 9 22 13 Founded in 1940 Bryn Gweled is home to 75 homesteads on 240 acres and operates as an intentionally cooperative community Come see how some of us tend a prize winning sheep flock keep bees raise chickens heat homes with wood use solar and geothermal power garden organically manage fruit trees compost remodel or build on modest budgets Demonstrations during the day will include extracting honey from a beehive felting and wool arts how to build an inexpensive chicken tractor how to build an 8ftx150ft deer fence for 35 and make a bee jacket for under 10 There will be topical interest groups in the afternoon on keeping chickens beekeeping raising livestock organic gardening and renewable energy for your home and vehicles Free potluck lunch at 1 30pm 1805 Meadow Rd Southampton PA 18966 E mail Susan Corson Finnerty at susancf54 hotmail com 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

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  • Untitled Document
    drop us a note describing relevant experience or active interest you may have in areas like Renewable energy technology application Sustainable living including agriculture Policy analysis making local state federal Energy efficient construction technology and practices Grid management infrastructure Alternative transportation Non profit organization management Communication outreach social media Fund raising grant writing Event planning and management Information technology web database Video photography Feel free to include a resume articles photos or any other info you think will help us understand what you are all about It is not required that you have prior Board experience a particular educational background or specific professional status Each inquiry will be evaluated on an individual basis Your submission will be treated confidentially and shared only with current board members MAREA will respond to every application with interest and appreciation but please know there are a limited number of openings and all that apply may not be accepted Board positions are for one year and unpaid We meet the second Tuesday of each month at 7 00 in Kutztown PA Members need to be able and willing to attend at least most of these meetings If you are at a distance please don t

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  • MAREA: Solar Stuff
    00 by Dr Vera Cole Publisher Mid Atlantic Renewable Energy Association 2010 Though still very useful several sections of this book are suddenly out of date The PA Sunshine Program is in a waiting list phase and utility price caps have now all fully expired Save some AND help us make room for a future book Formerly 14 95 now only 9 00 plus shipping Sorry TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK This book will help you answer these questions How does solar electricity work Will it work on my property How much of my electricity bill can I eliminate Final cost after new Pennsylvania rebates Federal tax credits What are RECs Can I sell mine How much will it help the environment How does the installation process work With your purchase of this book you gain access to an exclusive companion website frequently updated with new information for residential solar electric installations in Pennsylvania The website has chapter by chapter links to essential on line resources including rebate and tax credit info certified installers solar and environmental calculators program requirements downloadable forms and documents reference material and more For help additional info or to place tax exempt orders please contact bookinfo

    Original URL path: http://www.themarea.org/solar.shtml (2016-05-02)
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  • Sunny Money from MAREA
    System Cost REC Income Solar electricity needed kWh Installation Cost Expected RECs per year DC power rating of array kW Federal Tax Credit Average annual REC net income only first 10 yrs after Fed tax Roughly area needed for array square feet Maintenance lifetime Financial Analysis Environmental Impact Total Cost inc maintenance and financing if applicable Return on Investment ROI Same as this many cars off the road each year

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  • A Solar Opportunity
    it more often was the reply And just what gets us into hot water At Reading s Opportunity House it s natural gas The shelter provides emergency housing three meals per day and laundry facilities on a daily basis for more than 100 men women and children The hot water bill for Opportunity House runs about 6 000 a year Though natural gas prices have dropped in the last few years money is tight and demands outpace the services of Opportunity House according to executive director Modesto Fiume The nonprofit offers round the clock childcare to support the working poor and as seen with a recent slaying of one of its residents the shelter on North 2nd Street is both a beginning and a last stop for the residents of America s poorest city We first looked at a solar hot water project for Opportunity House in 2009 said Bill Hennessy MAREA s vice president and director of education Donating renewable energy systems to other nonprofits is part of our service but we re a small volunteer based organization and the logistics and cost of a solar hot water system for Opportunity House was beyond our resources at the time When mechanical engineer Tom Green joined the MAREA board this year he brought large project skills and inspiration to revive the Opportunity House solar project Green who works as Kutztown University s Director of Campus Energy Services was able to use his contacts with Berks County engineering and mechanical contractors to offer their services in reducing the project cost A preliminary estimate set the cost at 65 000 Opportunity House is a very good candidate for solar hot water The roof is perfectly aligned for solar thermal Using the conservative Retscreen modeling program it is estimated that by going solar

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  • Solar Book Companion Form
    Solar Electricity Companion Website This website will be updated frequently with announcements news revisions and additional information relevant to residential solar electric in Pennsylvania If you would like to be notified when these announcements occur let us know below First Name Last Name Email Zip Code Please add my email to MAREA s list if it s not already there I can opt out anytime Keep me posted of news

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