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Maine Solar Energy Association (MESEA)

HOPE Festival 2015 -- April 25, U Maine, Orono Campus, Student Recreation and Fitness Center

Is there any hope for the human race ? This Earth Day 2015, will bring another HOPE festival, with the Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine.
MESEA and DADS, with SEADS of Truth, again will present a low-tech, do-it-yourself solar approach. This year may include information on a new ‘tidal turbine’ development; a new innovation in solar PV / thermal hybrid collector; as well as the solar PV cell phone charger assembly, all at the MESEA booth! -Hand's On participation- See You there ... April 25, 2015


Spring 2015 PV assembly, three day workshop May 1, 2, & 3


Fri, Sat, & Sun, May 1, 2, and 3rd, a three day opportunity, at the Solar Home in Jonesport, Maine. MESEA, DADS and SEADS facilitators, will help you get your ‘hands-on’ experience, with 65 W PV module assembly workshop and another solar PV cell phone charger assembly. You may assemble a cell phone charger for your own phone ! (extra phone charge cable required, iPhone may not work). These workshop days are available for you to choose which day you would like to participate. $75 for one day, $125 for two or $175 for all three days. Lunch is included. Please call, John, 207-546-1639, reservations required, so RSVP soon. There will be a minimum number of participants as well as a maximum, thank you. ‘We can take control of our lifestyles’ !


Summer Internships in Sustainable Living in Downeast Maine

MESEA, together with SEADS of Truth will be offering summer internships at three different nearby locations in Columbia and Jonesport, Maine. The interns will live and work on solar thermal and photovoltaic (PV) projects, and organic gardening at one or more of these locations which include Richard Komp's beautiful home on the coast of Maine, a long established SEADS workshop center on 40+ rural acres and a small organic farm. All three locations are off- the-grid with many solar and renewable energy features and all three need repair and upgrading work to make them more useful as alternative learning centers. The internships arrangements will include free lodging. The only cost will be payments for food. For more information and to register contact: SEADS-Charles Ewing MESEA-John Burke 516-674-9090 Joan McMurray 207-483-4690

Grupo Fenix Solar Culture Course in Nicaragua

Come to Nicaragua and engage your head, heart, and hands in the real work of developing countries. Our hands-on courses allow you to be immersed in the daily life of rural Nicaraguans by living with host families and working alongside local community members to create their vision of a model community through renewable energy and sustainable practices.

Discuss the theory behind solar energy and the challenges of development with your instructors and other course participants. Spend your days learning how to construct solar cookers, photovoltaic panels, and installing photovoltaic systems. Laugh along with your host family as you try to recall your high school Spanish, balance water on your head or make tortillas. Most activities and classes are held in the new adobe Solar Center. Housing will be simple, like that of a typical rural Nicaraguan family.

Explore a beautiful country and its culture while learning about renewable energy and sustainable development in the field. Our courses provide a unique travel experience that is educational, rewarding, and fun!

This 11-day course, offered twice a year, has been held by Grupo Fenix since 1999. It is a great introduction to the science and use of appropriate renewable energy technologies such as solar cookers, dryers and photo-voltaic systems. Dr. Richard Komp, an expert from the United States with over 50 years experience working with solar technologies, teaches the technical classes for the January version of this course and the July version is based on his methodology for fabrication of PV panels in developing countries.

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Also, the course includes various tourist activities such as a visit to nearby beautiful spots in the mountains of northern Nicaragua . If weather permits, we will spend a day exploring the Somoto Canyon and swimming in its natural pools. Also, during the course we will spend a night at a rustic ecolodge in the Tisey Nature Reserve, which has hiking trails, fields of organic vegetables, a farming community that produces its own specialty cheeses and one of the best panoramic views in the country.

The course fee of $995 includes all food and lodging, with a $50 deposit to be sent to the nonprofit Skyheat Associates at PO Box 184, Harrington ME 04643 before June 15th to insure a place in the course, which has a limit of 15 participants and is often completely full. For more information, please contact the or or look on-line at for details of all of our programs.

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