Pace University and Con Edison Team Up to Educate Homeowners on the Use of Solar Energy

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“Here Comes the Sun: Preparing for Emergencies with Solar Power” will take place Sat., June 15 at Pace

A free workshop for homeowners will take place at Pace University on Sat., June 15 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Made possible by a grant from Con Edison’s Power of Giving Program, Pace instructors will address two areas of interest to homeowners: preparing a home for the next Hurricane Sandy or other disaster, and what to consider before deciding whether to add a solar installation.

The day will include a tour of Pace’s Solar Classroom at the Environmental Center and a demonstration of its solar photovoltaic (PV) components, also funded by Con Edison.

Some of the topics to be covered include battery backup systems and home wiring for optimal use of a backup system in an emergency, choices in solar energy systems including solar voltaic and solar thermal systems, financing a solar system, incentive systems and cost and pay back analyses.

The presenters include Pace solar installation instructors Robert Strong and David Gibbs. The program is free and open to the public. It will be held at Pace’s Kessel Student Center on the Pleasantville Campus, 861 Bedford Rd., entrance 3. Individuals and families welcome. To register, call or email the Pace University Center for Business and Technology, pcbt(at)pace(dot)edu, (914) 422-4328.

About the Presenters
Robert W. Strong, AIA, LEED AP, is a certified solar PV installer and instructor for Pace University’s Solar PV Design and Installation Basics 40-hour workshop. This workshop is the first step required towards becoming a certified solar installer. Pace is an approved provider of the NABCEP entry level exam and offers other solar courses including an advanced solar PV workshop. Strong has completed numerous solar installations and lectures to fellow architects on solar PV at Cooper Union, NYU, NYIT, WCC, and Solar One. Strong is an architect, project manager and LEED accredited professional with over twenty-five years of experience on a wide range of building projects. Some of his clients and projects have included Bank of America, Disney/ABC, NBC/The Today Show at Rockefeller Center, Barney’s, The Limited on Madison Avenue, AT&T, Empire State Building and has managed retail redevelopment at the World Trade Center as owner’s rep to The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

David Gibbs has a background in engineering and industrial design. He has worked in construction and interior design among other industries with a current focus on renewable energy. He is an instructor at Pace and has also taught at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He works with Solar One and the Pratt Institute Sustainable Urban Planning Department on projects in the United States and abroad. His most recent international projects include work in Haiti, the Republic of Guinea in West Africa and the Pacific Island of Vanuatu.

About Pace
Since 1906, Pace has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in Lower Manhattan and Westchester County, N.Y., enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems.

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