Indian Canyon Village Solar Electric
Design and Installation course is
offered August 18-23, 2003. It
will be taught by Debby Tewa, Hopi solar
installer and Solar Energy International
(www.solarenergy.org), some of the
best renewable energy trainers in the
world. We are indeed privileged to
offer this course on California Indian
The end result will be the
installation of a 1320 watt photovoltaic
(PV) stand-alone (off electric grid)
system at Indian Canyon Village,
courtesy of a
grant from the Greenville Foundation.
Students in the class will learn the
basics of electricity, solar site
analysis, different components of a
solar electric system, sizing and
specifying a system, and safe
installation and maintenance of a PV
system. As an added bonus, there
will be a study of the Indian Canyon
micro hydro-power system which also
helps power Indian Canyon Village.
Tewa, Hopi solar installer
The training is for people
interested in stand-alone systems and grid-tie systems.
Speakers with experience in renewable energy on tribal lands
will present material. PV solar systems can generate
energy for residential or commercial electricity needs,
water pumps, electric fences and gates, and installations
such as communications towers. PV is a cost-effective
way to produce power at remote locations. California
rebates and tax incentives for grid-tie systems make this
technology cost-effective for people whose homes and
businesses are connected to the utility grid.
No prior electrical experience is
required. The course will be informative and of
interest to electricians and contractors, home-owners, and
all interested in renewable energy. It is open to all
interested adults. Course fees are $550 per student.
Camping is available on location, and conventional lodging
is available in nearby Hollister. Indian Canyon
Village is soliciting scholarships for indigenous students.
If you know of scholarship opportunities, please contact Ann
Marie Sayers at 831-637-4238 or
For information about the workshop
or the installation, contact Vivian Gratton at 831-459-8942,