4.14.10 – Making Solar Electricity Affordable

Where: Schlafly Bottleworks

7260 Southwest Ave. (at Manchester)
Maplewood, MO 63143
(314) 241- BEER (2337)

When: Wednesday April 14th, 6:30 to 9pm

Solar electricity has never been more affordable. Prices of PV modules have fallen dramatically in the past year. and Missouri’s initiated a generous rebate program in 2010. These factors, combined with a 30% Federal Tax Credits have slashed costs by over 50%. 2010 is renewable energy’s day in the sun!

St. Louis Green Drinks welcomes author and solar expert, Dan Chiras, Ph.D., Executive Director of The Evergreen Institute in Gerald, MO. Dan will discuss the highly favorable economics of solar electricity as well as the basics of solar energy — how solar modules work, the types of systems, and common misunderstandings. Find out what it costs to install a PV system on your home or business and what factors go into the decision to go solar. Dan is author of numerous books on renewable energy, including Power from the Sun, Power from the Wind, and The Homeowner’s Guide to Renewable Energy.

Suggested donation: $3

9.14.05 – Renewable Energy

September 14th 2005 @ Riddle’s Penultimate


Dan Sammartano – Sustainable Design Manager, Alberici Constructors, Inc.
Dan Sammartano, Alberici’s Sustainable Design Manager discussed the 65 kilowatt wind turbine that you see on your right when traveling north on 170. As Alberici’s Sustainable Design Manager, Dan told us about the wind turbine that was designed to generate 20 percent of the total energy needs at Alberici’s headquarters on Page in Overland as well as talk about his company’s new spinoff, Vertegy.

Pat Justis – Project Manager, Mo-DNR St. Louis Urban Outreach Office/Energy Center
Pat Justis is an energy engineer with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Energy Center. He is the project manager for Missouri Schools Going Solar and told us all about new initiatives in renewable energy in St. Louis and around the state and the new federal tax credits for residental solar installations.

Bill Barbieri – Managing Executive, Renewables, Ameren Energy Fuels & Services
Bill Barbieri and his team are responsible for the development and implementation of the corporate strategy related to renewable energy for the Ameren group of companies. The team, comprised of several groups within Ameren, is leading the initiative in the procurement and development of renewable energy resources for customers in Ameren’s service territories which encompass Illinois and Missouri. He told us about Ameren’s plans to ramp up purchasing of renewable energy as well as a sneak preview about options for direct purchasing of green power to come in late 2006.


One of the popular sources for Renewable Energy News and Information on the Internet.

Interstate Renewable Energy Council
IREC’s mission is to accelerate the sustainable utilization of renewable energy sources and technologies in and through state and local government and community activities. They maintain a a comprehensive and easy to manuever database of information on state, local, utility, and selected federal incentives that promote renewable energy.

The US Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
A gateway to hundreds of Web sites and thousands of online documents on energy efficiency and renewable energy.

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory
NREL is the Department of Energy’s research and development arm on renewables.

The Energy Information Administration (EIA)
The EIA created by Congress in 1977, is a statistical agency of the U.S. Department of Energy. This website is an excellent resource to find out energy usuage statistics by state or nation. A lot cooler than it sounds – try it out!

The American Solar Energy Society (and Solar Today magazine)

Public Citizen’s Critical Mass Energy & Environment Program