Solar Oregon plans workshops for homeowners

Solar Oregon, a nonprofit organization, is providing three Medford workshops to help residents learn about going solar. In these interactive workshops, presenters will cover the latest technology and financial incentives for each solar option.

On Aug. 22, a workshop called "How to Buy a Solar Electric System" will focus on how to supply power to your home and even sell energy back to the grid at retail through credits.

Also on Aug. 22, the group will offer "How to Buy a Solar Hot Water System," which explains how a solar water heater can supply 50 to 60 percent of a home's annual hot water needs.

On Aug. 23, a class titled "Passive Solar Building Design" will explain how a well-designed, passive solar home uses up to 80 percent less energy for heating and lighting than a conventional home.

Each workshop will last about 21/2; hours. The cost is $20 for each workshop ($10 for Solar Oregon members). People who sign up for all three workshops at the regular rate ($60 total) will receive a one-year Solar Oregon basic membership ($35 value). For more information and to register, go to, e-mail or call 503-231-5662.

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