If you’re keen to power your home using free solar energy, come along to a talk at Paraparaumu Library next week and find out how.
Micah Sherman will talk about why solar photovoltaic panels are the favoured energy-generation system for households next Tuesday 19 November, 7.30-9.30pm at the Paraparaumu Library Meeting Room (koha entry).
Micah is the Photovoltaic Manager with Right House, a company established by Meridian Energy to offer advice on energy efficient home design and products. He will discuss how solar photovoltaic panels work, financial nitty-gritty, the process (i.e. dealing with lines companies and retailers) and how to decide if solar is the option for you.
“Generating your own renewable energy is no longer the domain of isolated farmers and back-to-the-landers,” says Stacey Gasson, Council’s Sustainable Communities Coordinator. “Some people like the appeal of knowing their appliances are being powered by a free, non-polluting and renewable natural resource, for others it’s a chance to escape rising electricity prices.”
“But as a grid-connected urban household, it can be hard to work out which system is for you and whether the upfront costs are worth it. Solar hot water, photovoltaic panels and, to a lesser extent, wind energy are all promoted as viable options.”
Micah has 10 years experience in low-energy building design, energy efficiency and renewable energy. He has worked in a diverse range of countries including the US, Australia, New Zealand, the Torres Strait Islands, China and the Solomon Islands.
This talk is being offered as part of Council’s ‘Getting On To It’ series. For more information, contact Stacey Gasson at [email protected] or 04 296 4700. The full workshop programme can be found at www.kapiticoast.govt.nz/greenservices
For more information about generating your own renewable energy:
EECA offer extensive information, including fact sheets and case studies at www.energywise.govt.nz/your-home/generating-your-own-energy
Right House have a series of technical fact sheets at www.righthouse.co.nz/useful-stuff/tools-extras/fact-sheets