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MAHO BAY HOSTING 5-DAY SOLAR POWER WORKSHOP

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March 4, 2002 – If you see solar power in your future or are seriously curious about this alternative source of energy, a weeklong workshop on building solar-energy systems that's set for April 22-26 at Maho Bay Camps might be just what you need to convert concepts into reality.
"At least half of it will include hands-on building of a solar-power system," said Jared Hill, Maho Bay environmental resource manager.
The course costs $500 plus $75 for materials.
Maho Bay has joined forces with Solar Energy International, a Carbondale, Colorado, not-for-profit organization that conducts workshops throughout the world on the how-to aspects of alternative-energy systems.
SEI's Renewable Energy Education Program teaches the practical uses of solar, wind and water power. The workshops give individuals the knowledge and skills to design, install and maintain renewable-energy systems and to build state-of-the-art solar homes that are efficient, practical and earth-friendly. SEI uses a how-to/hands-on approach with commercial products and field installations.
Hill said participants will build a small system to be installed at Maho Bay.
SEI director Johnny Weiss said that Maho Bay is the ideal setting for such a workshop. "The folks there are not just talking about being green," he said. "They're actually doing it."
Since its opening 25 years ago, Maho Bay Camps has been an innovator and a pioneer among ecologically sensitive resorts. With the opening of Harmony Studios, located adjacent to the campground, Maho was the first resort to operate entirely "off the grid," meaning that it uses solar power to generate all of its electricity. Maho Bay's Concordia Eco-tents also operates off the grid, and all of the Maho Bay properties practice conservation and recycling.
For information about solar power and other forms of renewable energy, see the Solar Energy International web site. It has lots of links to additional information about alternative energy systems.
Maho Bay is offering workshop participants a 20 percent discount on lodging. To register, call Hill at 776-6226 or e-mail him at [email protected]. For reservations at Maho Bay, call 800-392-9004. For information about Maho Bay, visit www.maho.org. For local solar-energy information, call the V.I. Energy Office at 714-2815.

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