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Our instructor Thomas Anderson will take you on his journey of researching, architecting, designing, and building his off-grid home near Bloomsburg. Whether you are dreaming about embarking on such a project or are just interested in how it's done, you can learn from his mistakes and successes and the wisdom he has gained in the process. Technologies and techniques discussed include passive solar, earth sheltering, stack effect, types of insulation, solar thermal, hydronic radiant heating, root cellar refrigeration, photovoltaics, wind power, solar tubes, DC appliances, water conservation, landscape considerations, home automation, backup and redundancy planning, and other topics.

Covation Center
Covation Center
217 W. 4th Street, Williamsport PA 17701
  • 1 Class / Tuition $35:
    • Tuesday, July 10, 2018, 6:00 to 8:00 PM
    30 Seats Available

  • Bloomsburg University
    Greenly Center, Bloomsburg University
    50 East Main Street, Bloomsburg PA 17815
  • 1 Class / Tuition $35:
    • Thursday, August 30, 2018, 6:30 to 8:30 PM
    Register now!
    Call 570-389-4420
    http://bloomu.edu/ce
    30 Seats Available
  • Off Grid Energy Systems I Off Grid Energy Systems I
    This course introduces homeowners and prospective homeowners to the principles of home energy conservation and off-grid energy production for the purposes of installing or competently hiring a contractor to install a system in their home to free them from dependence on the electrical grid. Students will learn how to estimate energy loads, employ conservation methods, and choose from among different generation methods. Furthermore, they will learn the electrical circuit principles necessary to construct a home energy system and the off-the-shelf components needed to make one work.

    Covation Center
    Covation Center
    217 W. 4th Street, Williamsport PA 17701
  • 4 Classes / Tuition $95:
    • Thursday, July 12, 2018, 6:00 to 8:00 PM
    • Tuesday, July 17, 2018, 6:00 to 8:00 PM
    • Thursday, July 19, 2018, 6:00 to 8:00 PM
    • Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 6:00 to 8:00 PM
    20 Seats Available

  • Bloomsburg University
    Greenly Center, Bloomsburg University
    50 East Main Street, Bloomsburg PA 17815
  • 4 Classes / Tuition $95:
    • Thursday, September 6, 2018, 6:30 to 8:30 PM
    • Thursday, September 13, 2018, 6:30 to 8:30 PM
    • Thursday, September 20, 2018, 6:30 to 8:30 PM
    • Thursday, September 27, 2018, 6:30 to 8:30 PM
    Register now!
    Call 570-389-4420
    http://bloomu.edu/ce
    20 Seats Available
  • Off Grid Energy Systems II Off Grid Energy Systems II
    Students will build a fully-functional portable solar generator which is a scale model of a residential off-grid energy system. In the process of creating a valuable product in its own right, participants will be applying concepts which can then be translated into a wholehouse electrical generation, storage, and distribution system. We will then discuss sizing, cost estimation, and planning the installation of a full-scale system based on the experience of building the scale model. The finished solar generator (which the student will keep) is comparable to commercial products retailing for $800 or more, capable of powering laptops, CPAP machines, LCD televisions, LED/CFL lights, powered coolers, etc., charged from a solar panel or wall outlet source. Participants are expected to purchase their own wire cutter/crimper and screwdriver tools. No prior electrical or construction experience required. Pre-requisite: Off Grid Energy Systems I.

    Bloomsburg University
    Greenly Center, Bloomsburg University
    50 East Main Street, Bloomsburg PA 17815
  • 4 Classes / Tuition $115 / Materials $415:
    • Thursday, May 10, 2018, 6:30 to 9:30 PM
    • Thursday, May 17, 2018, 6:30 to 9:30 PM
    • Thursday, May 24, 2018, 6:30 to 9:30 PM
    • Thursday, May 31, 2018, 6:30 to 9:30 PM
  • Register now!
    Call 570-389-4420
    http://bloomu.edu/ce
    7 Seats Available

    Covation Center
    Covation Center
    217 W. 4th Street, Williamsport PA 17701
  • 4 Classes / Tuition $115 / Materials $415:
    • Thursday, July 26, 2018, 6:00 to 9:00 PM
    • Tuesday, July 31, 2018, 6:00 to 9:00 PM
    • Thursday, August 2, 2018, 6:00 to 9:00 PM
    • Tuesday, August 7, 2018, 6:00 to 9:00 PM
    10 Seats Available

  • Bloomsburg University
    Greenly Center, Bloomsburg University
    50 East Main Street, Bloomsburg PA 17815
  • 4 Classes / Tuition $115 / Materials $415:
    • Thursday, October 4, 2018, 6:30 to 9:30 PM
    • Thursday, October 11, 2018, 6:30 to 9:30 PM
    • Thursday, October 18, 2018, 6:30 to 9:30 PM
    • Thursday, October 25, 2018, 6:30 to 9:30 PM
    Register now!
    Call 570-389-4420
    http://bloomu.edu/ce
    10 Seats Available


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    For more information on courses, building project consultation, and other inquiries, contact Thomas Anderson at
    thomas@andersonalternative.com
    570-394-3278