Categorized | Education, Energy, Environment, News

Waimea Community Association meeting features energy efficiency talk


Markus Class, who is an Energy Efficiency Specialist who has spent many years working in the solar energy industry, will brief attendees at the 5:15 p.m., Thurs., Sept. 10, 2009 Waimea Community Association (WCA) Town Meeting at Parker School Theatre on understanding energy efficiency and what a Residential Energy Evaluation can do both to create savings for individual homeowners and also reduce dependence on fossil fuel and the home’s carbon footprint.

Everyone is welcome to attend all WCA Town Meetings, which are usually held the first Thursday of each month. However, the September meeting has been moved to Sept. 10 to avoid conflicting with the long Labor Day weekend. There is no charge to attend WCA meetings but membership is urged and the $12 annual dues helps support the association’s year-round informational activities and the 49th Annual Waimea Christmas Twilight Parade at 6 p.m., Sat., Dec. 5, 2009.

Class, who is a licensed electrician, came to Hawai’i about four years ago from Switzerland and worked for several years with Interisland Solar Supply before starting his own Class Solar independent consultation service. His company designs solar photovoltaic systems, both on and off-grid, as well as solar hot water systems, wind turbines, etc. He stresses that it’s not enough to hire an electrical contractor to install equipment but that the system has to be designed to fit your home and be part of an all-inclusive energy management plan. Class Solar consults with homeowners on improving energy efficiency and regularly conducts workshops around the island as part of the “Green Team of Hawaii.”

The WCA Town Meeting also will include quick briefings on:

  • Paniolo Preservation Society’s Sept. 18-19 Paniolo Artisans Showcase & School-Community Ho’ike at Kahilu Theatre honoring Hawai’i Saddle Makers;
  • Hawai’i Island Festival’s 34th Annual Paniolo Parade and All-Day Waimea Ho’olaule’a on Sat., Sept. 19;
  • North Hawai’i Community Hospital’s “First Ever Human Pink Ribbon” on Sat., Sept. 26 to raise awareness for the fight against breast cancer;
  • The 1st Annual Bieni Kohler-Johnson 5K Run/Walk at 9 a.m., Sun., Oct. 11; and
  • The 6th Annual Waimea Relay For Life Oct. 17-18 in Waimea Park.

WCA Town Meetings usually conclude at 7 p.m., but this month will wrap up by 6:30 p.m. to enable residents to attend Kahilu Theatre’s season opening performance by the legendary dancers Anna Laguna and Mikhail Baryshnik ov.

As always, all who attend WCA monthly Town Meetings are asked to help continue the association’s 2009 commitment to help Waimea’s hard-pressed food pantries by bringing a donation – preferably cash or a check – or non-perishable food items. Cash or checks will be given to the Waimea pantries to purchase gift certificates from Waimea grocery stores so that recipients are able to buy fresh items such as milk, vegetables or fruit as well as other essentials. Checks may be payable directly to a food pantry so may be tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

For information about Waimea town meetings, call Bill Sanborn (895-1122) or go to

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


%d bloggers like this: