HRES Virtual Workshops

Heartland Renewable Energy Society plans to have virtual workshops as often as time and circumstances permit.

Past Virtual Workshops are listed below with the most recent at the top of the listing.



Grow with Solar Year-Round in a Chinese Greenhouse

This virtual workshop features Dan Chiras, Author of " The Chinese Greenhouse", as he explains how to build and use these unique structures to provide food for your family without the need for commercial heating or cooling energy. Grow food year-round, including warm weather vegetables, using only solar energy.

Click this link to view virtual workshop video presentation: https://heartlandrenewable.org/chinese-greenhouse-book-with-video/


Going Solar the Right Way

If you are planning to GO SOLAR, join HRES President Ken Riead and HRES Past President Craig Wolfe to make sure all your bases are covered. HRES is partnering with the Climate Council of Greater Kansas City for this presentation.

Whether you are building a home or installing a solar energy system, there are details that many people are not aware of. Join us to better understand how to make sure you are getting the most out of Solar Energy. Learn solar and energy fundamentals, how to claim the residential renewable energy tax, check out the benefits available from utilizing an energy mortgage, understand where the solar modules (panels) were manufactured and the terms of their warranty, understand the difference between grid-connected solar energy systems versus standalone solar systems, how to compare bids and installation options, how to make your electric vehicle (EV) part of your solar installation, and more.

Presentation Info: Going Solar the Right Way


Green Residential Construction Programs - A Comparison

Join energy instructor Sharla Riead for an overview of some of the most popular standards for building energy-efficient homes.

You can view this presentation on the Fine Homebuilding website by using the following link: https://www.finehomebuilding.com/2021/04/28/green-residential-construction-programs-a-comparison


There is More Going on with Wind and Solar Than We Realize!!

Recording from the Virtual Workshop on
Tuesday, January 12, 6:30 pm 

Updated talk from December, 2019, on industrial wind and solar and how they have grown to be key players in the energy market.

You can view this presentation by clicking on the following link: https://heartlandrenewable.org/virtual-workshop-wind-solar-roush/


Changes in Passive Solar Construction

A Virtual Journey From Wolfe One to Today

Recorded Saturday, November 21, 2020

A presentation by past HRES President Craig Wolfe on his energy journey with lessons learned along the way.

Please use the following link to view the presentation: https://heartlandrenewable.org/virtual-workshop-changes-in-passive-solar-construction/


Energy Mortgage Virtual Workshop

Join Ken Riead as he explains how the energy mortgage process works using information from Bob Solger’s home, which was featured in the previous HRES virtual workshop. Ken is joined by Shauna Zahner, the designer of Bob’s home, and by Sharla Riead for technical software support and her energy expertise.

To view the presentation plus an additional video that addresses the questions & answers from this workshop please use this link: https://heartlandrenewable.org/virtual-workshop-energy-mortgage/


Everything Solar

A Virtual Tour of Bob Solger's Home

Bob Solger PhotoBob Solger, owner of the Solar Design Studio, will present "Everything Solar" using his recently completed home as an example.

Bob has been involved in solar system design and installation for many years and has used his expertise to build an advanced solar home.

Please use the following link to view the "Everything Solar" workshop: https://heartlandrenewable.org/virtual-workshop-home-tour-bob-solger/