UMES presents Renewable Energy Seminar Series

  • Friday, April 10, 2015

    Bruce M. WilliamsPRINCESS ANNE, MD - (April 10, 2015)- The University of Maryland Eastern Shore will serve as the host site beginning Tuesday, April 14 for five early evening presentations on the basics of solar and wind energy sources. 

    The "Introduction to Renewable Energy" seminar series will be led by Bruce M. Williams, a renewable energy consultant who has conducted research at the University of Maryland Baltimore County and the University of Delaware. 

    The series, which is free, is being underwritten by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, the Maryland Energy Administration and Princeton Energy Resource International. 

    Williams and the sponsors bill the seminar as a primer on solar and wind energy designed to appeal to a broad audience, including beginners. The goal is to provide seminar participants with an understanding of the engineering principles, economics and policies behind renewable energy designs. 

    Participants, who are asked to register for the event, can earn a "certificate of completion" by attending all five sessions. 

    Intro to Renewable Energy spring 2015The April 14 session kicks off the series with "Introduction to Renewables; Wind & Solar." It will be followed by:

    • April 16: Data Collection, Analysis, Resource Assessment
    • April 21: Project Planning, Site Selection, Impact Assessment
    • April 23: Grid Connection/Integration, Micro-Grids, Off-Grids
    • April 28: Applications, Policies, Subsidies, Economics. 

    All of the sessions will run from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Room 2146 of the Student Services Center on the UMES campus. Participants also can participate via webinar by selecting that option when registering online. 

    UMES invested in a 17-acre solar-energy collection system on campus in 2011 to reduce its electricity bills, while the City of Crisfield is pursuing plans to build wind turbines to help the municipality achieve electric savings as well. 

    To register online, please visit:

    Bill Robinson, director, Office of Public Relations, (410) 621-2355