Program TitleSolar Water Heating Basics for Residential Customers
Time, LocationMay 19 (Saturday, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm) Middletown--Calpine Geothermal Visitor Center
Also Offeredn/a
DescriptionWe will provide an overview of the design, specification, and installation aspects of solar water heating systems for residential applications. We will cover different system types (open-loop, closed-loop, and drainback), focusing on each system's particular advantages and disadvantages. We will give basic cost information and payback scenarios. This is a basic course for homeowners and anyone interested in solar water heating. No previous knowledge of the topic is required.
Audience LevelThis is a basic overview course.
  • Introductions, Safety Announcements
  • Overview of water heating industry
  • Essential physics concepts
  • Types of systems
  • Costs and paybacks
  • Wrap-up, Q&A, & Post-class Evaluations
  • Class adjourns
Instructor(s)Pete Shoemaker
Pete Shoemaker is the Renewables Program Coordinator at the PG&E Pacific Energy Center in San Francisco. He teaches a variety of courses for the PEC, including those on solar electric (PV) systems, solar water heating systems, and combining energy efficiency and renewables.Pete has much experience in the renewables industry, including two years as head of the PV division of Poco Solar Energy, Inc., of Santa Clara. He is well-versed in sales and system design for both residential and commercial customers. Pete has worked as a PV consultant for green building projects in the City of Pacifica, assisting in design, permitting, and environmental impact reports.Pete's educational background includes workshop and classroom teaching and curriculum design, including ten years as a lead educational software designer for The Learning Company. He has a B.A. from Stanford University.
CostNo fee for this program for California businesses and residents.