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Testimonials for PV Training...

  • Thank you Jay. You were a GREAT instructor! I hope to someday have the opportunity to work with you again in the future.
    Scott Hackney, Bright Spot Wind and Solar

  • I definitely walked away empowered technically, but the additional benefit of having a deeper context around the why of solar power, and its significance in our energy evolution. Your passion and commitment to the cause comes through in your delivery of the class, and your willingness to engage each of us, despite a variety of technical levels, really lowered the barrier to effective learning.
    Vince Weseli, Cincinnati, OH

  • That was a very useful and informative class. Your teaching style was excellent. I haven't sat in a class for this long in 35 years. You kept the class interesting and interactive.
    Sugu Suguness, Cincinnati, OH

  • Thank you so much for putting all that knowledge on me. Regardless of test outcome i feel more certain about solarizing...and the message after yours was my AEP bill. I'll take that as a sign to get moving on my plans.
    Nancy Jesser, Columbus, OH

  • Thanks for offering the solar cert I just finished up a 8kW on grid, off grid system for a guy.
    Russell Gabriel, Athens, OH

  • We are very happy that we had chosen your Photovoltaic course in Newark. We learned so much from your course regarding photovoltaic cells , electricity generation, the techniques of installation of panels etc in a very congenial, friendly and laid back atmosphere. Your great input in this field encouraged us to work on a small project at home on small solar cells.
    Satyanarayana Kadim and Rajeshkumar kadim, Athens, OH

  • Jay’s knowledge on solar and related topics, delivered effectively through anecdotal experience and his pragmatic approach, is inspirational. There are very few questions he is unable to answer or provide a reference for. His enthusiasm for our success never waned even when asked the same questions repeatedly. I look forward to attending more of Jay’s classes and know that I’ll come away with more than I paid for.
    Chris Kenney, Cincinnati, OH

  • Jay’s solar power course was a refreshing introduction into the world of photovoltaics. I couldn’t have asked for a better instructor. He provides real-word experience that is thorough and relevant. Jay is well spoken and a gifted communicator. His class provides a solid framework from which to build knowledge and experience.
    Dale Ramsey, Pickerington, OH

  • From the beginning, Jay measured each student’s background and technical understanding. Our class experience ranged from doctors and engineers to tradesmen and finally students. His material is well-organized and delivered in a way everyone can understand. He provides a mixture of lecture and hands-on instruction, building on each topic in a logical manner.
    Dale Ramsey, Pickerington, OH

  • I’ve been a technical instructor for almost 20 years and Jay is at the top of the list of the best instructors I’ve witnessed. He engages the class from the beginning and answers the question: "Where we are…how we got there…and where we are heading?” Most importantly, Jay provides the tools and direction for each of us to make it happen.
    Dale Ramsey, Pickerington, OH

  • Having taken numerous classes, I consider myself an expert on taking numerous classes. Jay Warmke’s warm and thorough approach to the instruction of photo-voltaic installation exceeded my expectations in every way. His patience and perseverance left the entire class feeling as if no question was a stupid question and he complimented the classroom setting with his extremely funny sense of humor. I whole heartedly recommend taking any of his or his wonderful wife Annie’s classes you may be interested in, with no reservations.
    Nick Adams, Columbus, OH

  • It really helped me to re-assess our plan - better determine our household system. Great instructor! Easy to understand, stops and explains whenever needed. Jay is extremely effective and makes learning easy. All I knew beforehand was that I wanted solar, now I know what I want, but more importantly, what I can afford.
    OEFFA Session, Columbus, OH

  • Thank you so much for giving the workshop. My husband and I learned a great deal. We hope to visit Blue Rock again in the future. We came quite a few years ago when you gave a workshop on the solar oven. It was very interesting, you and your wife are doing society a favor by letting us experience and learn how to be practical in this life.
    Ken and Lorene Diehl, Columbus, OH

  • Jay - we have power! Thanks so much for your course - never would have tackled it without your teaching and encouragement. It was a challenge for me in several ways (including wet spring) but am now so happy to be through it! A 2-decade dream come true!
    Louis Iverson, Radnor, OH

  • The day spent at the Akron Zoo workshop was outstanding! Like most adults 50 years old, I have endured too many soul draining seminars and workshops in search of knowledge and enlightenment. Your workshop was awesome! The combination of "tech speak" combined with man on the street explanation was a perfect fit for me. Thank you for an informative, entertaining and valuable workshop.
    Dan Arthur

  • Thank you for the update and thank you for a great class. The class exceeded all my expectations. Learned a lot.
    Jim MacMillan, Cuyahoga Falls, OH

  • I had a wonderful time at your seminar. I was able to meet like minded people who are enthusiastic about the same issues and doing the same types of sustainable projects. The amount of the information that was given was tremendous. You kept the us entertained and engaged the entire day.
    Matthew Corbett, Cleveland, OH

  • The one-day PV workshop was extremely helpful, although I had almost "zero" knowledge before the workshop. Now, I know what to look out for and what questions to ask. That is an important step forward for me. It also gives me a better way of assessing whether I might want to take the full course next year. Thanks, Jay!
    Andrea Gorzitze

  • Stewart Brand wrote "We are as gods and me might as well get good at it" in the first Whole Earth Catalog. Well Jay is good at it. He has interpreted the technical, governmental and human nature involved in designing solar voltaic systems to be understandable. The first day really sucked me in with Jay's views of the energy business and reinforced my thoughts on the topic. His teaching method was spot on with this complicated subject. Jay broke each section down so it could be understood. He would often digress into some humorous stories that often had me laughing. Solar technology is changing rapidly and Jay gave us many ways to keep up with it. The price of the class will be paid back many times over the next few years.
    Jon Branstrator, Clarksville, OH

  • Just wanted to say you're the best teacher I have ever had and that just the experience I had in your class and the things I learned from you will carry on in my life. Thanks allot and I am so happy I got to meet you. Thanks again and I will keep in contact.
    Robert Anderson, Wooster, OH

  • Thank-you very much for the wonderful workshop last week. It was well worth the time and money. You are a wonderful teacher and did a great job packing in a ton of content.
    Howard Plevyak Jr., Cincinnati, OH

  • I appreciated you keeping us on track and working in the hands-on activities to solidify the book and classroom instruction. That was a perfectly designed learning lab for me!
    Howard Plevyak Jr., Cincinnati, OH

  • This training was one of the best theory and hands on training I have ever received an as a result I have built my second 10KW solar generator based on the instructions I received.
    James Mosley Jr, Ft. Campbell, KY

  • I also have to give a huge hearty YES to the PV Certification Training workshop Jay teaches--I came away with so much know how and information--and it is the same when I am at Blue Rock for a workshop, a cup of tea, or a tour!
    Sheryl Billman, Grafton, OH

  • The course certainly does what was advertised. I now know how to design almost any PV system.
    Christian Collett, Wilmington, OH

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Tiny House Project Workdays
From Saturday, July 01 2017 -  10:00am
To Sunday, July 02 2017 - 5:00pm

Dumpster Dive Tiny House Project Workdays

For years we have seen the tiny house movement grow and change.  As all good things, it has been adopted and commercialized - often straying from its original intent.  To our way of thinking, the idea is good, making a nice home with a small ecological footprint at an affordable price.  So, just how low can we go?  Well, this being Blue Rock Station, we will see how close to zero we can manage.

The plan is that over the course of a number of weekends, we will convert an existing garden shed into a cute little house.  This house will incorporate:

  • rammed earth tire foundation
  • passive solar heating
  • solar thermal hot water system
  • solar PV generator for electricity
  • composting toilet
  • full kitchen as well as a shower

all on a 12 x 12 footprint.

Select Workshop Dates

Registration Fee: $35 (registration limited to 10 per event)

(*by registering, you agree to the terms outlined in the Waiver of Liability)

  • June 3rd - 4th - Tiny House Weekend WorkDays - at Blue Rock Station
  • July 1st - 2nd - Tiny House Weekend WorkDays - at Blue Rock Station
  • Aug 26th - 27th - Tiny House Weekend WorkDays - at Blue Rock Station
  • Sept 23rd - Tiny House Weekend WorkDay - at Blue Rock Station

In keeping with the affordability theme of this project, the cost of the workdays will be kept at a minimum ($35 per person per weekend), designed to simply cover the cost of food and camping.

What to Expect:

As this project is stepping a bit into the unknown for us, we will work on whatever phase of the project we happen to be working on that day.  May be foundation work (in the beginning), or carpentry, or plumbing... whatever needs to be done at the time.  These will be workdays rather than a formal workshop.  So instruction will be on the fly.  But there will be plenty to do for everyone - regardless of your skill level.  That said, we will limit our workshops to 10 students so that we can safely manage all the activities.

Accommodations:

Plan on camping (if you intend to stay the night at Blue Rock Station).  We do have a few straw bale cabins, however these may be occupied by interns.  If one is open, we will assign it on a first-come, first-served basis.  But plan on camping with your own equipment.  There are composting toilets and an outdoor solar shower available (and you thought this was the Holiday Inn).

Meals:

We will provide lunches and a continental breakfast on Sunday.  Saturday evening will either be potluck or on your own.  Weather permitting we might have an evening campfire.  Feel free to bring musical instruments (as long as it is not an accordian).  The meals are typically vegetarian and gluten free.

A few No Nos:

No pets please.  No smoking and no drinking.  I think that pretty much covers it.

Location : Blue Rock Station, 1190 Virginia Ridge Road, Philo, OH 43771
Contact : Annie Warmke, 740-674-4300 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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