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Renewable Energy Course: The Path to Energy Independence - Reducing Our Footprint and Utility Bills

Dr.J.W.Grant MacEwan Environmental Studies Institute &
The Solar Energy Society of Canada - Northern Alberta Chapter

The Path to Energy Independence: Reducing Our Footprint and Utility Bills

What is your carbon footprint? How can you reduce it?

Energy Efficiency - Solar Electricity - Solar Hot Water - Passive Solar Design - Green Transportation

  • Each student will develop their own energy independence map
  • Tools will be provided to determine your own energy usage
  • A wide variety of alternative energy systems will be introduced
  • Solar equipment will be demonstrated


May 29 ­ July 3 /Tuesdays, 6:30 -9:30pm
Grant MacEwan College, City Centre campus

Registration Fee: $200
Instructor: Rob Harlan, Executive Director - Northern Alberta Chapter, Solar Energy Society of Canada
Registration: (780) 439-5608

A joint project of:

Dr.J.W.Grant MacEwan Environmental Studies Institute &
The Solar Energy Society of Canada - Northern Alberta Chapter

More information & application below

More Information

  • What is the path to energy independence for the Alberta homeowner?
  • Where does our energy come from?
  • How can we reduce our footprint and be part of the solution?
  • How can we reduce our utility costs?

These and other questions will be addressed in this overview of renewable energy options. Students will learn of practical things that can be done now. Meters will be made available to measure the consumption of household appliances. Solar equipment will be demonstrated. The class will explore the world of solar electricity, solar water heating for homes, hot tubs and pools, as well as, passive solar building designs. Green transportation and biodiesel will be covered. Students will receive a list of local resources as well as a certificate of completion.

Instructor Bio

Rob Harlan is the Executive Director of the Northern Alberta Chapter of the Solar Energy Society of Canada. Mr. Harlan is a Solar Contractor and General Building Contractor with ten years experience designing and installing over 150 solar electric and solar hot water installations in California. As a general building contractor he designed and built energy-efficient, passive solar homes. He is certified by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners and has taught workshops and classes in solar technologies. Mr. Harlan has also lived for twenty-five years in an off-grid house powered and heated by the sun.

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Posted May 15, 2007 by Anonymous

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