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Solar and energy efficiency consultant to lecture at SCCF’s Earth Day event

By Staff | Apr 15, 2009

Join the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF) this Saturday, April 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for an overview of solar technology in the morning and a porch concert in the afternoon.

The Solar Technology lecture is presented by Steve McCarney, a solar and energy efficiency consultant. He has been pioneering solar technologies since 1974 and has achieved a long list of accomplishments.

McCarney has managed solar training, sales and installation projects in over 50 countries on six continents. He has written solar legislation, textbooks and technical papers. He designed Eric Clapton’s solar power system and built a 100 percent solar powered home for his family while living in the Caribbean.

Recently, McCarney worked with Brad Pitt in New Orleans on solar power systems for victims of Hurricane Katrina. Steve chaired the World Health Organization’s refrigeration standards group and produced the most energy efficient solar refrigerator on earth.

At the local level in Southwest Florida, he has assisted in design, permitting, field support, inspections and reporting for a project near Naples where a total of 27 grid-tied solar homes were constructed. He also provided consulting to solar home owners off grid on the barrier island of Cayo Costa Island.

In 2004, McCarney lived on Sanibel with only solar electricity after Hurricane Charley until LCEC power was restored. You may also see him driving around the island in his solar powered car.

Following the lecture, McCarney will be offering a Solar Power Hands-On Workshop. The workshop is limited to 12 participants, who will help assemble a fully operational solar lighting kit, which will be used in a village clinic by the Naso Tribe in Panama. The Naso live along the rivers that border the Parque de Amistad, an international park jointly managed by Costa Rica and Panama.

The Naso are developing ecotourism in hopes of preserving their ancestral homelands from extractive commerce like logging and mining. Cost is $25 per person and the proceeds will be used to purchase a high-quality, long-life battery for the clinic’s solar power system. Call 472-2329 to reserve a space in this workshop.

Other SCCF Earth Day highlights will include revolutionary rotary air motor technology and electric cars, information on beach nesters and resters and how they may be affected by sea level rise, green products featured in our Nature Shop, and music by Milhouse from 1 to 3 p.m.