On Friday, April 6th and Saturday, April 7th, Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity in partnership with New Vision Renewable Energy will be hosting "Do It Yourself Solar Panel Workshop and Installation" event celebrating spring and the power of the sun.
The event will kick off Friday, April 6th at the Pendleton County Community Building in Franklin, WV, from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, with a presentation from Ruston Seaman, Executive Director of New Vision Renewable Energy.
Location: (Look for Habitat Signs)
Pendleton Community Building
200 Confederate Road
Franklin, WV 26807
Ruston will cover the basics of solar energy production, installation methods, and showcase some of the Do-It-Your-Self solar panel installation projects in West Virginia. He will also share his vision of how energy production in this state can increase in a more sustainable fashion and how even the lowest of income families can harness the power of the sun. A “pot-luck” dinner will be held on site during the presentation.
On April 7th, Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity and New Vision Renewable Energy will be doing a hands-on workshop on how to install a 3KW solar PV system and provide instruction on how to build and install a solar system for your home or community facility. The location of the hands-on training will be at the Habitat for Humanity construction office located in Franklin, WV, from 8 am – 3 pm. A luncheon and drinks will be supplied to those who participate.
Habitat for Humanity
202 N. Main Street
Franklin, WV 26807
(This location is on the back street behind the main building, look for Habitat signs.)
New Vision Renewable Energy, a Christian Community Development Organization, was launched in Philippi, West Virginia in 2009 and is growing as a grassroots community-based organization working to ReEnergize Communities to implement renewable energy solutions in their own neighborhoods. New Vision is an educational and innovation movement focusing on applicable technologies within the emerging “green” economy and serves as a hub of collaborative discussion, training and invention bringing together green innovators, community leaders, youth, companies, organizations as well as public and private partners.
On Earth Day, April 22nd, 2010, the group completed its first community made solar energy system at the Peoples Chapel Church in the Chestnut Ridge community of Barbour County, West Virginia.