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Solar School

Upcoming Sessions

Solar School #17  -  September 21-24, 2017

Registration for Solar School #17 is closed.

Location: Ferncliff Camp & Conference Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. For information about the camp, please visit or call Ferncliff Camp at 501-821-3063.

Solar School Overview

Each session runs from Thursday at 10:00 AM (registration & lunch) to Sunday at 10:30 AM.

Solar School is made up of two courses, Solar 1 and Solar 2. You don't have to take both—usually a group sends at least one person to Solar 1 and one person to Solar 2.

The activities and classes begin in the mornings at 7:30 AM and end in the evenings at 9:00 PM. The schedule is subject to change. If you would like to view a typical Solar School daily schedule, click here.

Solar 1: Leadership, Partnership Development and Surveying

This course includes:

  • Exploring theology of doing mission in partnership [link]
  • Developing partnerships and organizing skills
  • Forming teams (Trip management and Leadership)
  • Evaluating sites for solar projects
  • Negotiating covenants
  • Increasing cultural awareness

Solar 2: Installation and Equipping Partners

This course includes:

  • Assembling off-grid solar energy systems
  • Emphasizing systems to power clean water systems, but also electricity for clinics and schools
  • Assessing electrical loads
  • Learning system designs
  • Practicing safety and maintenance

Plenary Sessions include:

  • Mission Strategy session
  • Fund raising
  • Cultural differences between countries
  • Small group reflections
  • Devotions

The cost for Solar School is $485 per registrant, which includes room and board, instruction, and training manuals. We recommend that participants be at least 18 years of age. Youth over 13 may attend if accompanied by a parent or guardian.


Recommended Resources

If you would like to begin reading ahead for Solar School, or just want to learn more about how we do mission and solar energy, here are some resources we recommend:

"Presbyterians Do Mission in Partnership", available as a free download from the PC(USA)

"Photovoltaics: Design and Installation Manual—Renewable Energy Education for a Sustainable Future by Solar Energy International"




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