July 28th: Ins and Outs of Renewable Energy Options for Home Owners
$5 suggested donation
Directions to Dickinson College Farm
Dickinson College Farm’s Renewable Energy Specialist Matt Steiman
will lead participants on a solar tour of the farm and hands-on
workshop. The tour will cover both solar hot water and solar electric
projects, and will include options for remote power (battery systems) as
well as utility interactive installations. The hands-on section of the
course will involve working with solar electric modules to understand
the basics of their function and integration into a larger system. Matt
will also show the farm’s new biogas generator, which makes burnable
gas from food waste and animal manures.
About renewable energy at Dickinson College Farm
The farm seeks to use, develop, and demonstrate sustainable energy
technologies wherever possible. We consider it our responsibility both
to reduce the environmental footprint of the food that we produce and to
educate our students and our community on the possibilities for
decreased consumption of non-renewable energy.
More about Matt Steiman
Matt has been farming organic vegetables since 1993, working on farms
in Colorado, California and Minnesota before settling in the Cumberland
Valley. For five seasons, Matt managed Fulton Farm at Wilson College
where he learned the ropes of running an educational CSA program, and
also developed initial experience with renewable energy systems. Matt
and Jenn Halpin then ran their own farm on rented ground for two seasons
before signing on as the full-time farmers at Dickinson College in
2007. In addition to regular farm duties at the Dickinson Farm, Matt
supervises equipment maintenance, irrigation, sheep and cattle, and also
works extensively with solar energy projects,biogas, and biodiesel fuel
applications for the college.
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