About this course

While we know solar can be a great way to reduce energy costs for your residence or business, there are so many ways to apply solar technology to projects outside the standard use cases. Join our panelists as they discuss their unique applications for solar technology. Maybe you'll even come up with a few novel solar application ideas of your own!

This was originally recorded as a live webinar for the HeatSpring community.

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Course outline

1 module • 9 assignments • 57 minutes of video lectures

Module 1 • 7 assignments
Unconventional Solar Applications - WEBINAR

  • Introduction (01:24 minutes)
  • Solar Greenhouse with Chris LaForge (08:16 minutes)
  • Solar Greenhouse Q&A with Chris LaForge (07:55 minutes)
  • Solar Power for Artists and Energy Transition Design with Alex Nathanson (09:37 minutes)
  • Solar Power for Artists Q&A with Alex Nathanson (09:36 minutes)
  • The Footprint Project and Building Back Greener with Will Heegaard (15:10 minutes)
  • The Footprint Project Q&A with Will Heegaard (05:49 minutes)


  • Alex Nathanson

    founder & lead designer, Solar Power for Artists/ Energy Transition Design LLC
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    Alex Nathanson is a designer, technologist, artist, and educator. His work is primarily focused on exploring both the experimental and practical applications of sustainable energy technologies, particularly photovoltaic solar power. He is the founder and lead designer of the education platform Solar Power for Artists and its partner studio, Energy Transition Design LLC.... Learn more

  • Christopher LaForge

    Certified Master Trainer (IREC), NABCEP Certified Photovoltaic Professional - Emeritus , Great Northern Solar
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    Christopher LaForge is the CEO of Great Northern Solar and a NABCEP certified photovoltaic installer-emeritus. He has been designing, specifying, and installing systems since 1988. He has been an instructor with the MREA since 1993 teaching Advanced Photovoltaic design and installation and is an ISPQ Affiliated Master Trainer. In 2016 he was named IREC's Master Trainer... Learn more

  • William Heegaard

    Operations Director, Footprint Project
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    Will Heegaard sees every disaster as an opportunity to build back greener. A registered paramedic, Will previously worked with International Medical Corps to deploy solar refrigeration in West Africa during the Ebola outbreak, then deployed with Team Rubicon after disasters in Louisiana, Minnesota, and Puerto Rico. Will currently serves on the Board of the Minnesota... Learn more

Frequently asked questions

How does this course work?
This is a free course. Enroll today and get access to all of the materials instantly. The lecture video and other materials are available any time.
How long do I have access to the materials?
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Is there a certificate of completion?
Certificates of completion are only provided to HeatSpring Membership subscribers. This course has not been approved by any credentialing organizations (NABCEP, AIA, USGBC etc) for Continuing Education Credits (CEUs). This course is for self education purposes only and completion does not indicate a level of professional expertise or credential.
Can I register multiple people?
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