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Solar Electric Emergency Power Systems – Maine Pilot

Where: Portland offices of Revision Energy, 142 Presumpscot Street, Portland, ME 04103
When: Thursday, April 24th 5:00-7:30pm – Light dinner and refreshments provided
Cost: Free and open to the public


  • Welcome and Introductions
  • History of Using Solar in Disasters
  • Energy Needs in a Disaster
  • Advancing Solar Shelters in Maine
  • Basic Science of Solar Energy
  • Questions and Answers – Comments

Workshop Goals
Desired outcomes for the workshop are that participants 1) acquire an understanding of the operation of photovoltaic (solar) emergency backup power systems on schools used as shelters and 2) ascertain the feasibility of funding and implementing a solar shelter program in Maine.

Target Audience
Solar industry, school administrators, facilities personnel, electricians, architects, code officials, building inspectors, government representatives, decision makers, emergency managers and American Red Cross

Eric Hopkins Chairman, York Energy Efficiency Committee,
Bill Young Retired Senior Research Engineer, Florida Solar Energy Center

About the presenters:

William Young is a national expert in solar electric emergency power systems. He worked for 22 years for the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC), University of Central Florida, until retiring in 2013. He served as a senior research engineer on photovoltaics applications for transportation, disaster relief, stand-alone and grid-tied utility power systems, building energy and standards. His efforts involved technology research, application development, system design, testing and technology transfer.

Mr. Young authored a $10M grant from the Department of Energy to create the Sunsmart E-shelter Program – which installed over 100 solar-powered emergency power systems on school-based emergency shelters. Revision Energy and the York Energy Efficiency Committee are proud to sponsor this workshop in the hopes of replicating the Sunsmart E-shelter program in Maine.

Eric Hopkins is Founder and Chairman of the York Energy Efficiency Committee (YEEC), a non-profit citizen’s energy group based in York, Maine. Established in 2006, YEEC has successfully led a series of initiatives to improve the energy performance of town buildings and operations – establishing the Town of York as a model for other communities in the state. In 2013, Mr. Hopkins authored a Community Demonstration of Renewable Energy grant from Efficiency Maine to install a 10KW PV array on the roof of the York Middle School – to offset the electricity used by the entire fleet of 300+ MLTI student laptops.

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1 comment to Solar Electric Emergency Power Systems – Maine Pilot

  • Presentations like these are an important part of individuals learning about solar energy and how we can effectively utilize what it can provide us.