Virtual Tour of Blue Rock Station
Take a free Virtual Tour of Blue Rock Station
Earthship Ohio - Interview with owners/builders Annie & Jay Warmke

Take a free Virtual Tour of Blue Rock Station

Earthship Ohio - Interview with owners/builders Annie & Jay Warmke

Check out the Cool Buildings of Blue Rock Station

Cool Buildings

Residential Solar PV Certification Workshop – Hybrid (online + hands-on labs, exam)

August 30th – October 4th:  Weekly Zoom Q&A sessions and Chapter Review

October 7th & 8th:  In-Person Hands-On Labs

October 9th:  Exam Review and PV Certification Exam

This Residential Solar Installation & Design hybrid course is sponsored by the University of Dayton Ethos Center.  This solar course is a comprehensive learning experience designed to take students with little or no background in electrical systems and/or solar photovoltaics.

The course provides solid foundation for those wishing to enter the industry, design and install their own residential PV system, or simply understand how this emerging and important technology works.

By the end of the course, students should have all the skills necessary to design and install residential-scale solar electric system.  Students will also be certified (assuming you pass the examination) as a Level 1 ETA PV Installer – a credential recognized around the globe.

Updated PV Textbook now Available!

The most complete and up-to-date solar PV residential design and installation manual on the market today. Expanded by 30% – same affordable price. Updated to include changes in the 2020 NEC. 398-page textbook, chapter review questions, 25 hands-on labs, hundreds of illustrations and tables, easy-to-read narrative

This Week’s Solar News: week of June 27th

Upcoming Tours:

Please note that we are only open for specific events – we are not open to the public unless arranged for in advance.


  • June 18th:
    Earthship Tour


  • Tour a portion of the Earthship – the 2,200 sq. ft. home made of tires, cans, bottles, salvaged lumber, mud, sand, sweat and tears. Annie & Jay will explain the various construction techniques and how the building uses the earth and sun to provide a comfortable place to live.Also we will look at unique ways to reuse and repurpose salvaged materials.

Online Solar PV Course Now Available

This course is designed for those new to solar. Ideal for folks wishing to install a system on their home or business, understand what they are getting into if they wish to hire someone to install a system, or enter the rapidly growing PV industry as a career.

This course tracks with the provided textbook (Understanding Photovoltaics). It is organized into 11 chapters, 71 major topic areas – with 11 review quizzes, 25 lab projects, over 550 narrated slides, dozens of integrated videos, links to online resources and materials for added comprehension and more.

This curriculum has been approved by ETA as preparing persons interested in obtaining the PV Level 1 Certification. It has also been approved by for 35 hours of LA CES health, safety, and welfare Professional Development hours.

Now Available… FREE Roadmap to Living the Simple Life short course

Many of us dream of chucking it all and building our little cabin in the woods… raising a few goats… growing what we need.

Well, what you may not realize (or maybe you know it… but don’t really KNOW it) is that living a carefree simple natural life can be a lot of work.

The intention of this quick course is to share some of our ideas and insights in how to make this possible. It is free because the best things in life generally are.