The Saint Francis University Renewable Energy Center (REC) will hold a solar energy seminar and tour on September 12, on the Loretto campus.
The solar energy industry is in the midst of a rapid expansion as technological improvements and price decreases make the resource more widely available.
Attendees will travel by school bus to several Cambria County sites using solar technologies to see how the resource can be used in Western Pennsylvania.
Passive solar design, water heating, and electricity production are three common solar applications.
The event will be geared towards helping agricultural producers and small businesses determine if a solar project may be feasible for their operations. Topics will include the resource, technology, pros and cons, financial aspects, and what to look for when choosing an installer.
Utilizing renewable energy can help rural Pennsylvanians by reducing energy costs, reducing risk, and providing a revenue stream through electrical sales to utilities.
This will be the final event in a series of seminars that have been organized by the Renewable Energy Center in 2013, each focusing on one of the five prevalent renewable energy forms in Pennsylvania. Other events have focused on biomass, geothermal, micro-hydro, and wind energies.
For additional information please contact the REC or visit the seminar homepage at http://francis.edu/renewable-energy-expos/