Solar energy class is being offered

A class on solar energy will be offered from 1-5 p.m. on Jan 25 at the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Marietta’s social hall. The class is geared for architects and other engineers, landscape architects, electricians, construction companies and others interested in the technology. The course has been approved for 4 hours of Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System in health, safety and professional development by the Ohio Landscape Architects Board. This is an introductory but technical course on the design and installation of solar electric systems within residential and light commercial structures. Seminar-based, this course is for individuals with little or no background in electricity or photovoltaics but are interested in solar energy and its applications. Instructor is Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station. The class will include basic electrical and photovoltaic principles and concepts as well as photovoltaic system components, standard PV system configurations, how to conduct a site assessment, how to design a photovoltaic system, sizing and selecting a battery system, system installation and the rules, regulations and paperwork required. The course costs $75 if registered by noon on Jan. 24 or $100 at the door. Blue Rock Station will also offer five-day solar installer training leading to level 1 certification at First Unitarian Universalist Society of Marietta in March. For more information or to register, visit