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Build a Solar Powered Emergency Charging Kit


January 21, 2018
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Sebastopol Grange
6000 Sebastopol Ave
Sebastopol, CA 95472 United States
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Solar Schoolhouse


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At this workshop, participants will build their own Solar Notebook Charger, designed to charge your cell phone or a powerbank (portable battery), and provide lighting using USB LED light bulb & stick.  The charger can be used on a routine basis, for camping, and for emergencies.   As we reflect on the recent fires, this is an opportunity to better prepare ourselves for the future. It’s also a chance to learn more about solar electricity and one of it’s many applications.

If you’d like to take a peek at the instructions for building the Solar Notebook Charger, peek here.

Instructors: Tor and Dena Allen, have lead Solar Schoolhouse workshops over the past 15 years, providing educators with hands-on solar energy projects they can share with their students.  Solar Schoolhouse is a project of The Rahus Institute, a local non-profit founded by Tor with the mission of promoting greater use of renewable energy.

While the cost might seem high ($80), for reference the nearest equivalent ready-to-use solar charger costs at least $120 or 50% more. In creating this design, we’ve tried to balance cost, function, durability, and flexibility.

There is no charge for the workshop. Contact Sebastopol Grange President Jeana if financial assistance is needed.