Solar Educating and Speaking Engagements
While we recognize that the transition
to a renewable energy economy will take many years, we
also believe that one of the best ways to speed up the
process is through public education. Most people have
little to no knowledge or understanding of how solar
energy can heat and provide power for their homes.
Many still remember the solar houses of the 70's and the
offensive appearance of large solar thermal collectors on
One of our primary missions over the past ten years has been
to educate people of all ages on the current state-of-the-art
in solar technologies. We have developed a variety of PowerPoint
presentations that can be customized to almost any audience.
Below is an outline of a typical presentation we have made,
which usually last between one and two hours. We typically
bring along a number of samples of actual solar modules as
well as an abundance of literature on solar technologies.
If you are interested in booking John Rountree for a speaking
engagement, please contact The Gig Bureau at 866-319-0050.
Some of the organizations
we have made presentations to:
• Beyer, Blender & Belle Architects
• HOK Architects
• Cesar Pelli and Associates
• Richard Cook and Associates
• Perkins and Will Architects
• Gruzen Sampton Architects
• Soundwaters Environmental Center
• Connecticut Green Building Council
• Northeast Sustainable Energy Association
• Peoples Action for Clean Energy
• US Department of Energy
Photovoltaics in the Built Environment
Introduction To Photovoltaics (PV)
• Description and brief history.
• PV applications.
• PV types (single and polycrystalline silicone cells,
amorphous silicone and thin films).
• The Photovoltaic effect - "how they work".
• Cells, modules and arrays.
Photovoltaics in Buildings
• Introduction and current building energy applications
• Stand Alone vs. grid intertied.
• Overview of system components.
• Utility sponsored programs (SMUD, Detroit Edison, Minnesota)
Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV)
• US residential projects
• European and Japanese residential examples
• BIPV roofing products (Solar shingles, standing seam metal roofing, Sunslates
and Solar Works, Inc. "Energy Roof").
• BIPV in commercial and institutional buildings
(curtain walls, skylights and flat roofs).
• PV tour of Switzerland.
Economics of Photovoltaics
• True costs of renewables vs. fossil fuels and nuclear.
• Current costs vs. predicted future costs.
• Need for energy efficiency and energy conservation.
• State and Federal incentives.
The Educational Imperative
• The need to educate the next generation.
• The Swiss example.
• Current U.S. programs and educational curriculums.
• Solar on Schools programs.
Questions and Answers / Discussion
This presentation is a level 2 program
and qualifies all AIA member
attendees to receive 1.5 credits using the self-reporting
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