Mary Tutwiler

Getting off the grid

by Mary Tutwiler

With all the sunshine in Acadiana, it seems downright wasteful not to capture some free rays and put them to work powering your home. Architect and community activist Andy Hebert will be teaching a class at the Lafayette campus of the Louisiana Technical College to introduce consumers to solar energy. The class will include the basic components of a home solar system, including how to maximize a home solar system's production with energy efficiency, the basic financials including available tax credits, and how to choose a qualified contractor. The free classes will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6 to 9 p.m., at the campus on Bertrand Drive. Classes will begin soon, Hebert saying, he’s in the process of scheduling a start-up date. For more information or to sign up, call Hebert at 277-2213.