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SOLAR 2010 Exceeded Expectations
The [American Solar Energy Society’s National Solar Conference in
Phoenix] felt like a homecoming to me. There were so many fantastic
interactions. After a 10-year absence from the ASES scene, I felt warmly
welcomed, like I belonged, like it was where I was meant to be. Everywhere
I turned, I met old friends and met new colleagues who enthusiastically
thanked me for my work.
My Passive Solar Building forum on Wednesday was the highlight. The
room was comfortably full, and the feedback afterward was invariably positive. I am indebted to Don Watson, Mark Chalom and Alicia Ravetto for
their perfect presentations. They were balanced, reinforced one another and
corroborated my stated premise — that passive solar has a lot to offer, but
there is also a lot of work to do before it can fulfill its full potential.
After the great sessions on Wednesday and Thursday, [my wife] Cecilia
and I went to the big exhibit on Friday. Wow, it isn’t like the old days. We
were impressed both by the sheer size of the event and by the quality and
enthusiasm of the exhibitors. I learned a lot. We visited the Schüco solar
booth because we had just ordered their solar water-heating system. I got
all my questions answered, and six days later, the system was installed in our
Wickenburg, Ariz., house and working great. Heating water with electricity
just doesn’t make sense, and now I don’t have to worry about it.
[Spending] Friday night and Saturday at Taliesin West was a great top-off to a wonderful week — I had not been there before. It was nice to see
Don Aitken and his wife, Barbara Harwood, again.
I don’t know when I will get to another ASES conference, but I am
grateful for the experience in Phoenix. The whole event was marvelously
J. Douglas Balcomb, Ph.D.
10 September/October 2010 SOLAR TODA Y solartoday.org
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