Haywood Community College's Division of Continuing Education will offer a new solar course series called Harnessing the Power of the Sun. The series will provide over 20 hours of instruction including some hands-on lab activities. The cost of the series is $75 and includes a solar thermal reference book. Classes are held on Monday evenings from 6 until 8 p.m. beginning September 27 and ending December 6. There are also two Saturday classes with extended lecture and demonstration times.

Participants will have an introduction to solar power and economic considerations and learn about Photovoltaic Systems, Solar Thermal, and Passive Solar Design. The series will give participants the ability to communicate effectively on the subject of solar energy with contractors, architects, builders, engineers and the general public; prepare participants for entry level positions in the solar industry; and give homeowners ideas of how solar energy works and can best serve their needs.

The instructor for the solar course series is Grayson Newell. Working with Sundance Power Systems, Inc. for over 8 years, he has been involved with hundreds of renewable energy installations including solar thermal, solar electric, micro-hydro, wind and radiant floor heating systems. Newell currently holds a H1 class 1 heating license as well as a NABCEP solar thermal installer certification. He received a BS degree in Recreation Management with a minor in Sustainable Development from Appalachian State University in 1999, and worked as a counselor for at risk youth before getting into the renewable energy industry. As a project manager Newell has orchestrated the efficient installation of several residential, commercial, and institutional systems, including the Deltec Plant, Clemson University, Frank’s Residence Hall at ASU and the Duke Smart House.

For more information, a list of dates and times of classes, and to register, visit the Solar Power Course Series page.