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Introduction to DIY Solar Installation Workshop

  • Ocean Beach 92107 (map)

For Homeowners and Contractors

After the recent Paris negotiations it is more urgent than ever that we create pathways to reduce carbon emissions by contributing to clean energy creation!  Solar tax incentives are here to stay.  What better way to get the most bang for your buck than to put up your own solar system.  For decades we have relied on high priced installers to get this work done for us; we have been at the mercy of their pricing schemes.  But now, we know how easy it is to either do this yourself or with your community and we want to share this information with you! You can save thousands of dollars on an installation and make it pay for itself in 3-5 years instead of the usual 10-20.  

Matthew Alford, Scripps Institute of Oceanography professor and developer of  and Brook Sarson, H2OME , water harvesting professional and permaculture design educator will present the information you need to make informed choices and give you a toolset for getting started.

In this Introduction to Solar Installation Workshop, we will walk you through a homeowner installed system, fully permitted.  We will have installation pieces on hand to walk you through a faux install on the ground.  We will also connect you with the resources you need for

  • Design
  • Materials procurement
  • Permitting processes
  • Professionals who can help you with parts of your project, for example electricians.
  • Plus we will discuss important ways to reduce your consumption in the first place so that you don’t need as much solar as you think!

After this introductory workshop we will have a followup workshop later in the year where you will be part of an actual installation.  We will be taking applicants for being the home that gets the install from the group that shows up for this.  Come join us!  Bring a couple friends! Help each other with your installation!

BONUS! You can get a 10-15 minute consult after class for an additional $20.  Please bring a google map of your house, including dimensions if possible, copies of at least 3 electric bills, and an idea of your budget.

Please signup here.


Student:  $30.00

Regular Admission:  $50.00

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