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 Macoskey Center offers solar-power water system workshop 




Sept. 5, 2008
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Macoskey Center offers solar-power water system workshop


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Robert A. Macoskey Center for Sustainable Systems Education and Research at Slippery Rock University will offer a "Solar Power for Water Pumping Workshop" from 1-5 p.m. Sept.  20. Participants will learn the basics of how to pump water using the power of the sun.

            "Folks will learn how to use solar panels to generate electricity for powering a water pump for farming and other purposes," said Thomas Reynolds, center director.  "Farmers pasturing livestock on grass-based farms can use pumping stations without having to run electric lines into their fields. You're greatest need for water is when the sun is shining, so it's a great alternative energy system."

            Joe and Lisa DiFrancisco, local renewable energy experts from North Coast Energy Systems, will teach the workshop.  The presentation will include a lecture and hands-on fieldwork for the basics of solar power for water pumping, the nuts and bolts for pumping in remote locations and practical applications for farmers who need water for irrigation or in pastures. 

            A solar-powered water system is one of the easiest to install and offers a "green" alternative to conventional grid systems. By adding a storage tank, excess pumped water can be stored to provide a water supply during night or on cloudy days, Reynolds said.

            Participants will also tour several solar installations in use at the Macoskey Center.

            The cost of the workshop is $10 per person, free for SRU students.  To register or for more information, call the center at 724.738.4050.


Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.




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