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  • Thank you Jay. You were a GREAT instructor! I hope to someday have the opportunity to work with you again in the future.
    Scott Hackney, Bright Spot Wind and Solar

  • I definitely walked away empowered technically, but the additional benefit of having a deeper context around the why of solar power, and its significance in our energy evolution. Your passion and commitment to the cause comes through in your delivery of the class, and your willingness to engage each of us, despite a variety of technical levels, really lowered the barrier to effective learning.
    Vince Weseli, Cincinnati, OH

  • That was a very useful and informative class. Your teaching style was excellent. I haven't sat in a class for this long in 35 years. You kept the class interesting and interactive.
    Sugu Suguness, Cincinnati, OH

  • Thank you so much for putting all that knowledge on me. Regardless of test outcome i feel more certain about solarizing...and the message after yours was my AEP bill. I'll take that as a sign to get moving on my plans.
    Nancy Jesser, Columbus, OH

  • Thanks for offering the solar cert I just finished up a 8kW on grid, off grid system for a guy.
    Russell Gabriel, Athens, OH

  • We are very happy that we had chosen your Photovoltaic course in Newark. We learned so much from your course regarding photovoltaic cells , electricity generation, the techniques of installation of panels etc in a very congenial, friendly and laid back atmosphere. Your great input in this field encouraged us to work on a small project at home on small solar cells.
    Satyanarayana Kadim and Rajeshkumar kadim, Athens, OH

  • Jay’s knowledge on solar and related topics, delivered effectively through anecdotal experience and his pragmatic approach, is inspirational. There are very few questions he is unable to answer or provide a reference for. His enthusiasm for our success never waned even when asked the same questions repeatedly. I look forward to attending more of Jay’s classes and know that I’ll come away with more than I paid for.
    Chris Kenney, Cincinnati, OH

  • Jay’s solar power course was a refreshing introduction into the world of photovoltaics. I couldn’t have asked for a better instructor. He provides real-word experience that is thorough and relevant. Jay is well spoken and a gifted communicator. His class provides a solid framework from which to build knowledge and experience.
    Dale Ramsey, Pickerington, OH

  • From the beginning, Jay measured each student’s background and technical understanding. Our class experience ranged from doctors and engineers to tradesmen and finally students. His material is well-organized and delivered in a way everyone can understand. He provides a mixture of lecture and hands-on instruction, building on each topic in a logical manner.
    Dale Ramsey, Pickerington, OH

  • I’ve been a technical instructor for almost 20 years and Jay is at the top of the list of the best instructors I’ve witnessed. He engages the class from the beginning and answers the question: "Where we are…how we got there…and where we are heading?” Most importantly, Jay provides the tools and direction for each of us to make it happen.
    Dale Ramsey, Pickerington, OH

  • Having taken numerous classes, I consider myself an expert on taking numerous classes. Jay Warmke’s warm and thorough approach to the instruction of photo-voltaic installation exceeded my expectations in every way. His patience and perseverance left the entire class feeling as if no question was a stupid question and he complimented the classroom setting with his extremely funny sense of humor. I whole heartedly recommend taking any of his or his wonderful wife Annie’s classes you may be interested in, with no reservations.
    Nick Adams, Columbus, OH

  • It really helped me to re-assess our plan - better determine our household system. Great instructor! Easy to understand, stops and explains whenever needed. Jay is extremely effective and makes learning easy. All I knew beforehand was that I wanted solar, now I know what I want, but more importantly, what I can afford.
    OEFFA Session, Columbus, OH

  • Thank you so much for giving the workshop. My husband and I learned a great deal. We hope to visit Blue Rock again in the future. We came quite a few years ago when you gave a workshop on the solar oven. It was very interesting, you and your wife are doing society a favor by letting us experience and learn how to be practical in this life.
    Ken and Lorene Diehl, Columbus, OH

  • Jay - we have power! Thanks so much for your course - never would have tackled it without your teaching and encouragement. It was a challenge for me in several ways (including wet spring) but am now so happy to be through it! A 2-decade dream come true!
    Louis Iverson, Radnor, OH

  • The day spent at the Akron Zoo workshop was outstanding! Like most adults 50 years old, I have endured too many soul draining seminars and workshops in search of knowledge and enlightenment. Your workshop was awesome! The combination of "tech speak" combined with man on the street explanation was a perfect fit for me. Thank you for an informative, entertaining and valuable workshop.
    Dan Arthur

  • Thank you for the update and thank you for a great class. The class exceeded all my expectations. Learned a lot.
    Jim MacMillan, Cuyahoga Falls, OH

  • I had a wonderful time at your seminar. I was able to meet like minded people who are enthusiastic about the same issues and doing the same types of sustainable projects. The amount of the information that was given was tremendous. You kept the us entertained and engaged the entire day.
    Matthew Corbett, Cleveland, OH

  • The one-day PV workshop was extremely helpful, although I had almost "zero" knowledge before the workshop. Now, I know what to look out for and what questions to ask. That is an important step forward for me. It also gives me a better way of assessing whether I might want to take the full course next year. Thanks, Jay!
    Andrea Gorzitze

  • Stewart Brand wrote "We are as gods and me might as well get good at it" in the first Whole Earth Catalog. Well Jay is good at it. He has interpreted the technical, governmental and human nature involved in designing solar voltaic systems to be understandable. The first day really sucked me in with Jay's views of the energy business and reinforced my thoughts on the topic. His teaching method was spot on with this complicated subject. Jay broke each section down so it could be understood. He would often digress into some humorous stories that often had me laughing. Solar technology is changing rapidly and Jay gave us many ways to keep up with it. The price of the class will be paid back many times over the next few years.
    Jon Branstrator, Clarksville, OH

  • Just wanted to say you're the best teacher I have ever had and that just the experience I had in your class and the things I learned from you will carry on in my life. Thanks allot and I am so happy I got to meet you. Thanks again and I will keep in contact.
    Robert Anderson, Wooster, OH

  • Thank-you very much for the wonderful workshop last week. It was well worth the time and money. You are a wonderful teacher and did a great job packing in a ton of content.
    Howard Plevyak Jr., Cincinnati, OH

  • I appreciated you keeping us on track and working in the hands-on activities to solidify the book and classroom instruction. That was a perfectly designed learning lab for me!
    Howard Plevyak Jr., Cincinnati, OH

  • This training was one of the best theory and hands on training I have ever received an as a result I have built my second 10KW solar generator based on the instructions I received.
    James Mosley Jr, Ft. Campbell, KY

  • I also have to give a huge hearty YES to the PV Certification Training workshop Jay teaches--I came away with so much know how and information--and it is the same when I am at Blue Rock for a workshop, a cup of tea, or a tour!
    Sheryl Billman, Grafton, OH

  • The course certainly does what was advertised. I now know how to design almost any PV system.
    Christian Collett, Wilmington, OH

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Learn to Build Your Own Solar Generator Workshop (Athens, OH)
Tuesday, April 18 2017, 1:00pm - 5:00pm

It is a hot summer afternoon (or worse yet, a brutally cold winter's morning).  The power goes out.  It may be only for an hour.  It may be down for days.  What are your options?

The electrical grid in our nation is in pretty rough shape.  Power outages are becoming more and more common. Each day (on average) 500,000 Americans loose electrical service for 2 hours.   As a result, many people are investing hundreds and even thousands of dollars in gasoline or diesel generators.  The power goes down - and the neighborhood suddenly sounds like a lawnmower.  Loud and smelly generators come to life.  There is a better option, however.

Join us for an afternoon and learn how you can build your own solar generator.  Harness the clean energy of the sun and power your critical loads in quiet comfort.  Here is how it works...


The solar panel charges a battery bank within the generator.  When the grid goes down, simply plug your appliance into the outlet on the side of the generator and it will run, quietly, with no fumes, while the grid is down.  If the sun is shining, you can recharge your batteries using the solar panel as you are using the generator.  Keep the generator in your home if you would like, with the panel outside (no noise or fumes, remember?)

Use your generator to...

  • run your furnace fan and thermostat - giving you whole-house gas heat even when there is no electricity
  • connect to your refrigerator and/or freezer to keep your food from spoiling.
  • plug in a power strip and power lights, your computer, your television or whatever you wish to stay just a bit more comfortable during an extended outage
  • or use the generator for camping (even at sites that prohibit generators, as this one makes no noise and does not burn fossil fuels)

If you search online, you will find them ranging in price from $600 (for small units) to several thousand dollars for larger units.  We will teach you how to make your own generator for a fraction of the cost (from as low as $250).

You will learn...

  • how these things work
  • how to select the various components used in a solar generator
  • where to find inexpensive parts
  • how to size the array and battery bank to meet your specific needs
  • how to determine just how much power you need to handle the tasks you envision (like running your gas-powered furnace)
  • how to size, connect and place the wires that hook everything together
  • how to test, troubleshoot and maintain your solar generator

As part of the class, you will be provided with detailed drawings, sizing charts, typical use sizing guidelines - basically everything you need to design and build your own generator.  You will also receive a free copy of our newly published book:  Assembling Your Very Own Solar Generator ($20 value)

Small Groups: This is a definite "hands-on" experience.  In order that everyone gets ample change to participate, class size will be limited to 15 students.

 

April 18th - Building Your Own Solar Generator  (Athens, OH)

1 pm to 5 pm

at Rural Action Offices, 9030 Hocking Hills Dr, The Plains, OH 45780

(select the workshop date you want from the dropdown menu below)

$55 (includes course, detailed plans, Assembling a Solar Generator book)  

Dates

(*by registering, you agree to the terms outlined in the Waiver of Liability)

 


 

THE BLUE ROCK STATION ARRAY:

This is the new array at Blue Rock Station.  If you're interested in an up close tour please visit the Event Page here for dates and times you can visit to ask questions or learn more.  The photo shows the array behind a group of former students and interns who helped to install the system in a solar array "barn" raising...great learning and fun weekend.

PHOTOVOLTAIC CERTIFICATION TRAINING:

We offer a number of opportunities to become certified (by the Electronic Technicians Association) in photovoltaics.  PV has been one of the fastest growing industries in the US over the past five years.  Give us a call to find out more about this offering.

About the Instructor:

Jay Warmke is the author of a number of textbooks on renewable energy, including Green Technology: Principles and Practices (Marcraft), Solar Photovoltaic Installer Certification Guide (Marcraft), Wind Turbine Installer Certification Guide (Marcraft), When the Biomass Hits the Wind Turbine (BRS Media), Understanding Photovoltaics: A Study Guide for Solar Electric Certification Programs (BRS Media), and many more.

Jay also serves as National Chairman: SkillsUSA Sustainable Solutions Contest, Vice President: Green Energy Ohio, Committee Member: Electronic Technician's Association Renewable Energy Committee, ETA Board Member. He also has taught renewable energy at COTC (Central Ohio Technical College), and the Train-the-Trainer program for Marcraft. Jay was named the 2013 ETA Educator of the Year.


Location : Athens, Ohio
Contact : Annie Warmke, 740-674-4300 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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