Solar Power 101 for Home Owners
A Homeowner's Resource for Solar Education

DIY Workshops on Solar Power, Solar Thermal, and Wind Power
At an up and coming off-grid location in Capon Bridge, WV

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Solar Power 101 for Home Owners
Affordable Saturday Workshops

                        at Vince's Capon Bridge Retreat
(Capon Bridge, WV)

No Dates Currently Set

Presented by
Off Grid Winchester

Registration / Enrollment:
On-Line Registration by Credit Card below


In this Solar Power 101 for Homeowners crash course, you will learn the essentials of Solar Power System Design & Componentry, Installation,
and How to Price and Where to Buy top quality system components.

This lay-persons workshop geared towards home owners will teach you enough of the technical details to feel comfortable in designing your own home solar power system as well as understand all of your options and how it all works. The provided course manual (cited below) will will leave you with the knowledge gained until you are ready to design and install your own home solar power system.

Course Manual to be used:
Photovoltaics: Design and Installation Manual by Solar Energy International
- included with cost $39.50 via Amazaon -

With solar panel prices plummeting, now is the time to consider...
Our affordable half day seminar
Solar Power 101 for Home Owners
will provide you with the confidence and knowledge to Do It Yourself or intelligently consult with an installer for a collaborative system install.

Our visual teaching approach, Power Point based class instruction, top rate instructors, web resources, and top rated design and install course manual will allow you to finally understand the A to Z's of Solar Power Systems and how it all works and comes together.

What we have to offer you:
* Our faculty consists of an engineer with great credentials, education, certifications, training and experience in solar power and increasingly a wide array of other renewable energy technologies.
* We will discuss a detailed, yet simple, off-grid backyard arbor mounted solar power system that is battery backed and can tie into a $300 turn-key sub-panel box separate from your main circuit panel and run even when the grid is down.. this 1 kw complete system can be constructed and assembled for around $3500 total cost.
* We will review, hands-on, my backyard arbor with a 240 watt solar panel, enphase micro-inverter, tied directly into a $300 turn key sub-panel box in my garage... adding additional panels and micro-inverters is highly scaleable and quick and easy and this system is grid-tied and reduced your electrical bill each month. Cost, around $500 total per 240 watt panel and micro-inverter.

* Attendees will be provided a thorough and complete course manual (cited above, a $39.50 value included in the price of the workshop), hand-outs, and web resources that will enable the more technically saavy to DIY your own grid tied or battery backed solar power system for your home.
* We'll demo the use of a Solar Pathfinder for site evaluation that shows shadow lines for all hours of the day and all months of the year in a single snapshot for placement of a solar array.
* We'll perform ROI / pay-off (Return on Investment) calculations for DIY and Installer Based system costs for your power needs as well as leave you templates for other important calculations to understand your system pay-off period based on your electric rates.
* We'll also discuss federal and state incentives and rebates that reduce your system costs and pay off period.
* Class will pause from 12:00noon to 1:00pm for a lunch break on the backyard deck and around the bon-fire and return for the latter half.

What we ask of you:
* Bring a notebook and pen, your dreams, and your appetite for learning.
* Bring your questions, inquiries, and specific concerns.

     Workshop Itinerary (in pdf format) - click here     

Locations / Times:
The Solar Power 101 for Home Owners workshop will meet at:

Vince's Capon Bridge Retreat
(63 Tranquility Dr., Capon Bridge, WV) off Rt. 50, 14 miles west of Walmart (to Maple Hills Rd.)

2013 Workshops
No Dates Currently Set

from 10:00am to 3:00pm with a one hour break for pot-luck lunch

More photos of Vince's Capon Bridge home and property venue:
Pinterest: Vince's Capon Bridge Retreat - click here

Contact / More Info:

Principle Instructor: Vince: 703-328-1840 /

For more about Vince Lombardi,
Founder, &
More about Vince
-click here-

Directions / More Info:
Google Maps Directions to Maple Hills Rd., Capon Bridge, WV:
63 Tranquility Dr., Capon Bridge, WV -- click here

(from Maple Hills Rd., proceed about 1000 feet and turn left onto Tranquility Dr. -- 2nd house on left)

Registration / Enrollment:
Course Fees are $95 per attendee and include a copy of:
Photovoltaics -- Design and Installation Manual -- from Solar Energy International
(my cost $39.50 + shipping from Amazon) as well as other web based resources.
The course instructor is also available for an affordable site evaluation and system design consultation at your home.
To keep costs down, Lunch is Pot-Luck -- please bring some food or drink to share although plentiful food and drinks will be supplied as well. Back yard bon-fire and gas grill operational.

(10 day cancellation notice required for refund)

Mail a Check
You can also mail a check for $95 payable to:
Vince Lombardi
63 Tranquility Drive
Capon Bridge, WV 26711
(please include your contact info. incl. e-mail and phone number for a receipt)

Special Classes for Your Organization / Business:
This complete seminar is available to your organization or business for a flat fee of $500 (no class size limits).
We simply ask that you provide the course manuals for yoru attendees and provide the needed space, with or without powerpoint slide show capability. Call Vince for details. Limit 40 mile radius of Winchester area else additional travel fees may apply for time/driving.

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