Putting Solar on Your Home

A SECRES Presentation

WHEN: Saturday, November 18th  9 AM – Noon


International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local #113. 2150 Naegele Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80904– map it!

FREE and open to the public

The SE chapter of the Colorado Renewable Energy Society

presents “Putting Solar on Your Home”


9—9:15 Welcome,

9:15—10:00 Energy Efficiency – the most important things before going solar- Jim Riggins

​10:00—11:15 Putting Solar on your home—Phil Brodhagen

11:15—noon Storage – Options for reliable backup at home

Noon—beyond: Time to network and enjoy food trucks in the parking lot for lunch

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Join SECRES for a Wind Farm Tour

Saturday, May 6th, 8:00 – 11:15 AM

Meet at the Walmart at Woodmen and Powers at 8:00 AM and carpool for a 9:00 tour.
5550 E Woodmen Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80920  – map it!

The SE chapter of the Colorado Renewable Energy Society has arranged a tour of the 294 megawatt NEXTera Energy wind farm in eastern El Paso County. The tour is limited to the first 40 people who register, with priority for SECRES members, so act now! A suggested donation of $10 would be appreciated. Contact Jacquie Ostrom at 719 238-1993 or jostrom@lindseyfam.net to register.
Once our carpool arrives at the wind farm, NEXTera will give us a talk as a group, then we’ll get into smaller groups to go into the base of a wind turbine where a technical engineer will give us a tour.

  • Comfortable attire
  • Ages 16 and older
  • If you live near Calhan, we can meet you there before heading to NEXRera

For more information on the NEXTera wind farm, see this fact sheet.

Energy / Water Nexus: Challenges and Opportunities

When: Monday, October 17th,  7 PM

Where: Rockrimmon Public Library meeting room, 832 Village Center Drive,  Colorado Springs, CO 80919

 – map it!

What role can renewable energy play in our future? What are the water implications of future energy systems? What are the energy requirements for water systems? Jordan Macknick from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will answer these and other questions during his presentation on the Energy/Water Nexus.

Jordan Macknick is a member of NREL’s Energy Forecasting and Modeling Group in Golden, Colorado. Jordan has a master’s degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. His research includes the study of how energy, water and land use are interrelated.

This event is sponsored by the SE chapter of the Colorado Renewable Energy Society (SECRES). It is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

SECRES Booth at Cool Science Carnival Day

Bring your kids to the SECRES booth at Cool Science Carnival Day!

When: Saturday October 08, 2016 @ 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Where: University of Colorado Colorado Springs,  1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy Colorado Springs, CO 80918

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The event, including parking, is free and open to the public.
Next time, more chocolate!

We will be firing up our solar ovens to cook our famous Solar S’Mores and demonstrating renewable energy.  Kids of all ages enjoy our S’Mores.


Cool Science is an organization dedicated to promoting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).  Read more about Cool Science here.

TED Talks Highlight Renewable Energy

Two recent TED talks help highlight the positive advances of Renewable Energy in the world around us.  The first one, “The Case for Optimism on Climate Change” features an enthusiastic Al Gore from February of this year.  It starts out with the hard truth, and goes on to provide an insight into what we hoped for just 10- 15 years ago and how much further we’ve actually come in advancing Solar and Wind energy.

The second one, also filmed in February stars the Prime Minister of Bhutan, Tshering Tobgay in his native dress.  It’s titled “This Country Isn’t Just Carbon Neutral – It’s Carbon Negative” and provides a gorgeous look at the positive environmental choices this country of 700,000 people is making with their rivers and forests.  Watchout, it might make you want to travel there.

If you need a lift when it seems we’re slogging along to reach our renewable energy goals, take a look at these for a joyful window into some possibilities.

Jacquie Ostrom

Colorado Springs

SE Colorado Renewable Energy Society Board Member