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PO Box 143
Huntsville, AL 35804-0143

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256-658-5189

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Chapter Business

Your Board of Directors meets on the second Tuesday of each month at the ADTRAN Cafateria in Research Park, Huntsville. Visitors are always welcome, but now you can participate without ever leaving home. Read the agenda here and send your comments or ideas to info@AL-Solar.org. We will try to post future agendas at least a week before each BoD meeting.

Associations

International Solar Energy Society
(ISES)
American Solar Energy Society
(ASES)
Alabama Solar Association
(ASA)

The International Solar Energy Society (ISES) was founded in 1954 to serve the world's renewable energy needs. With a presence in over 50 countries, ISES advocates the advancement of renewable energy technology, implementation, and education around the globe (ref.).

The American Solar Energy Society (ASES) is one of ISES' national chapters. Also established in 1954, ASES is the nation's leading association of solar professionals and advocates. Its mission to "inspire an era of energy innovation and speed the transition to a sustainable energy economy" and "advance education, research and policy" (ref.) aligns perfectly with that of one of its chapter members, the Alabama Solar Association.

With similar objectives focused at the State level, the Alabama Solar Association (ASA) seeks to educate itself, the public, corporations, policy makers, and governments about the tremendous opportunities and rewards in utilizing the sun's renewable energy. We are pleased with our current growth, but we still need lots of help getting our message out to everyone in Alabama. Please join and volunteer for vacant positions.

Read more about the history of the Alabama Solar Association below.

Read the 1993 Alabama Solar Association Constitution and By-Laws, Revised 2011

Article II, Section 1 now extends membership privileges to all people interested in promoting the use of renewable energy.

Article III, Section 2 now allows the Board of Directors to change the duties and titles of any officer or director to fit the current needs of the Association and allows the establishment of branches in various regions of Alabama. New branches are:

  • Gulf Coast Region
  • Central Alabama Region
  • Capital Region
  • Wiregrass Region

Article IV, Section 3 now allows electronic meetings.

Article V, Section 1 requires the Secretary to attempt to notify all Association members two weeks before the vote of any changes to the Constitution or By-Laws.


Board of Directors 2014


President   [+]Duties

Objective: The President keeps the association focused on setting and maintaining its goals. The President oversees officers and committees and encourages teamwork. The President maintains the operations of the association.

Responsibilities: Attend all meetings, to preside at all meetings; monitor progress of association’s goals and objectives; enforce bylaws adopting changes as needed; appoint committees, attend training sessions, identify and implement services for association members, keep current with the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) services, prepare board meeting agendas; report to membership; serve as the association’s spokesperson; recognize achievements of members, prepare the association budget along with other officers.

Qualifications: Knowledge of basic principles of energy engineering; working knowledge of association bylaws, service of at least one term in another officer position; ability to delegate, public speaking ability, leadership skills, ability to communicate effectively; registration as a Professional Engineer (P.E.) desirable; registration as a Certified Energy Manager (C.E.M.) desirable.

Average Time Commitment: Six hours per month.

Measure of Success: The chapter grows and meets objectives for outreach, staff development, and member education.

Benefits: Gain experience in building and working with committees, improve meeting management skills, gain experience that can be used on the job.

Douglas L. Elgin   [+]Biography and Photo

Mr. Elgin has long had an interest in using solar energy to improve quality of life and reduce our impact on the planet. Mr. Elgin has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. Mr. Elgin also has a Master’s of Business Administration degree with a specialty in Investment and Finance.

Doug was born in the (very) early 1940s and is enjoying being retired. He worked for 39 years on a variety of defense-oriented aerospace programs.

Doug helped found and has been finance manager and treasurer of a local 501 C 3 organization for about 20 years. Doug additionally has been treasurer for his church for the last 5 years and has presented training on being treasurer to other churches in North Alabama.

Doug is a past Treasurer and Vice President of the Alabama Solar Association. Doug was named the 2013 Alabama Solar Professional of the Year.

Huntsville, Alabama
Doug.L.Elgin@gmail.com


Vice President   [+]Duties

Objective: The Vice President is responsible for assisting the President in coordinating and directing committee activities and association operations.

Responsibilities: To attend all meetings; monitor progress of association’s goals and objectives; enforce bylaws; manage the activities of committees that report directly to the Vice President, advise and assist the President, assume President’s role in President’s absence; attend available training sessions, identify and implement services for association members, keep current with the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) services, report to membership; prepare the chapter budget along with other officers.

Qualifications: Knowledge of basic principles of energy engineering; working knowledge of chapter bylaws, service of at least one term in another officer position; ability to delegate, public speaking ability.

Average Time Commitment: Five hours per month.

Measure of Success: Completion of goals, new members are recruited and retained, problems are handled in a timely manner, committees are active and growing, available to other officers and committee members, meetings are held efficiently, good team spirit.

Benefits: Gain experience in building and working with committees, play a key role in shaping association’s future, stepping stone to Association Presidency, opportunity to network on different levels, recognition, improve meeting management skills, gain experience that can be used on the job.

Paul Agarwal   [+]Biography and Photo

Biography and Photo Coming Soon

Huntsville, Alabama


Secretary   [+]Duties

Objective: To maintain Chapter’s records.

Responsibilities: Attend all meetings, record and prepare minutes of board and business meetings, distribute minutes to all board members following approval by the President, maintain chapter records, work with membership chair to coordinate mailings, etc.

Qualifications: Knowledge of Alabama Solar Association; working knowledge of chapter bylaws, good record keeping, good note taking, ability to delegate.

Average Time Commitment: Six hours per month.

Measure of Success: Minutes distributed in a timely manner, records are maintained, and chapter business is in order.

Benefits: Gain experience in building and working with committees, improve meeting management skills, gain experience that can be used on the job.

Alfred G. Orilion, P.E.   [+]Biography and Photo

Alfred's interests in solar energy applications expanded greatly during the mid-1970's petroleum crises in the USA. He helped organize Alabama Solar Energy Association (ASEA) with UAH. Al invented and patented a solar energy pyramid shaped concentrator for heating fluids and photovoltaic applications. During that time UA formed the Alabama Solar Coalition (ASC) for emphases on photovoltaic energized vehicles. When alternate energy interests waned in USA, in late 1980’s, UAH resigned as the Alabama Solar Center and ASEA and ASC ceased. In 1990, Al formed ASA and encouraged the faithful to continue participating in alternate energy pursuits; it thrives today.

Huntsville, Alabama


Treasurer   [+]Duties

Objective: To develop and monitor the Alabama Solar Association’s financial operations.

Responsibilities: Maintain financial records and reconcile discrepancies, prepare annual budget with help from other officers, prepare monthly financial statements, monitor cash flow, prepare and file IRS and other government forms.

Qualifications: Knowledge of the Alabama Solar Association; working knowledge of Association bylaws, service of at least one term in another officer position; good with numbers, comfortable doing accounting and balancing checkbooks.

Average Time Commitment: Eight hours per month.

Measure of Success: Checkbook is balanced, As sociation has increased revenue by 15%; records are in order, all forms are filed, budget submitted, approved and met.

Benefits: Gain experience in building and working with committees, play a key role in shaping Association’s future, opportunity to network on different levels, improve meeting management skills, gain experience that can be used on the job.

Brandon Hunt   [+]Biography and Photo

Biography and Photo Coming Soon

Huntsville, Alabama
Treasurer@AL-Solar.org


Government Affairs   [+]Duties

Objective: The Government Affairs Officer...

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A. Morton Archibald, Jr., P.E., C.E.M.   [+]Biography and Photo

Morton is a registered professional civil engineer and a certified energy manager. He graduated from Auburn with a Bachelor's of Civil Engineering degree in 1966 and continued graduate studies at Louisiana State University, the Army Logistics Management Center, and the Army Command & General Staff College. He retired from the US Army Corps of Engineers as a lieutenant colonel. He was a “Master Trainer” for the US Army Aviation and Missile Command’s Total Quality Management program. He is now the Chief Engineer for Energy Solutions Group and the President of the Alabama Solar Association. He was named the 2008 Alabama Solar Professional of the Year.

Morton is 68 years old, married 44 years to Brenda, and has three children. Steve lives in Huntsville, Heather lives in Birmingham, and Cory worked in Iraq and Kuwait before moving to the Philippines to start an eco-friendly motorcycle and motor scooter business. Morton and Brenda have two grandchildren, Anabel and Kaleb.

Morton is a native of Alabama born in Gadsden. Brenda is a transplant from Minnesota. Steve was born in Stuttgart, Germany, while Heather was born in Heidelberg, Germany. Cory was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. All of us consider Alabama our home except Cory; she considers herself a citizen of the world.

Huntsville, Alabama
Morton@AL-Solar.org
256-658-5189


Public Relations Director   [+]Duties

Objective: To support and promote Alabama Solar Association and all programs.

Responsibilities: Support ASA by advertising and promoting seminars and workshops. Enhance and improve events sponsored by ASA. Develop promotions to expand Alabama Solar Association's presence and develop campaigns to farther the goal of renewable energy in our state.

Qualifications: Ability to utilize contacts and network to promote ASA. Public speaking ability responsible for conveying the Association ’s ideas and positions on renewable energy. Knowledge of marketing, good people skills. Excellent communications skills, strong leadership and project management required. Support program director in developing and promoting seminars and workshops.

Average Time Commitment: Fifteen hours per month.

Measure of Success: Increase not only the number of ASA members, but stimulate meeting attendance andexcitement over presentations. When ASA is recognized as the ‘subject matter’ expertise for renewable energy issues.

Benefits: Networking with all members of chapter. Satisfaction of seeing ASA events recognized by the local community. Experience in building and working with committees, expand professional contact network within the community.

Kay L. Detter   [+]Biography and Photo

Kay Detter is the Public Relations Director for Alabama Solar Association and is fully committed in bringing her organizational expertise and enthusiasm to any project. Kay recently founded HSVGREEN LLC to promote energy efficiency and conservation in the Huntsville area. Kay is a certified Green Irene eco-consultant and a member of the construction committee of Athens/Limestone County Habitat for Humanity in building LEED-certified homes. Kay has a BS in Business Administration from the University of Alabama Huntsville.

Madison, Alabama
PR@AL-Solar.org
256-464-5015


Technical Director   [+]Duties

Objective: To provide technical advice to Alabama Solar Association members, and to review all programs for technical correctness.

Responsibilities: Support ASA by helping to develop all seminars, webinars, and workshops; provide technical assistance to members and program directors as required. Enhance and improve events sponsored by ASA. Develop promotions to expand Alabama Solar Associations presence and develop campaigns to farther the goal of renewable energy in our state.

Qualifications: Registration as a Professional Engineer (PE) or long-term experience in an energy-related field. Ability to analyze plans, specifications, and manufactures’’ submittals for technical correctness. Public speaking ability responsible for conveying the technical ideas and positions on renewable energy. Knowledge of engineering and renewable energy, good people skills. Excellent communications skills, strong leadership and project management required. Support program director in developing and promoting seminars and workshops.

Average Time Commitment: Ten hours per month.

Measure of Success: When ASA is recognized as the ‘subject matter’ expertise for renewable energy issues. in Alabama, stimulate meeting attendance and excitement over presentations.

Benefits: Networking with all members of chapter. Satisfaction of seeing ASA events recognized by the local community. Experience in building and working with committees, expand professional contact network within the community.

Vacant -- Please Volunteer


Programs Director   [+]Duties

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Vacant -- Please Volunteer


Information Director   [+]Duties

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Average Time Commitment: Twenty hours per month.

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Steve Archibald   [+]Biography and Photo

Steve has always been fascinated by the advancement of technology. He enjoys learning how tasks that once were difficult and wasteful are now so effortlessly and efficiently completed using today's tools. Old enough to have witnessed first-hand the energy crisis of the 70's, yet too young to appreciate the scope of the just-then awakening giant, Steve holds a much greater regard for one of the biggest challenges facing humankind today. Steve is confident that we will continue to build on our knowledge, advance our technology, and have a fighting chance against the beast before us.

Steve holds a B.S. Degree in Management of Technology and an Associate in Applied Technology Degree in Industrial Electronics Technology. He brings to ASA proven communication skills and a personal interest in technology. His objective is to enhance communication between ASA members, the public, businesses, and policy makers with regard to the many benefits of renewable energy. Steve was named the 2010 Alabama Solar Professional of the Year.

Huntsville, Alabama
ID@AL-solar.org
256-658-7217


Education Director   [+]Duties

Objective: To identify, develop and promote educational programs for the Alabama Solar Association.

Responsibilities: Attend most meetings, enhance & improve educational seminars, webinars, and chapter meetings, investigate "partnering" educational opportunities with other organizations, develop programs for the year to enhance the renewable energy profession, obtain CEU credits for meetings, conduct annual call for presentations, provide onsite assistance, work with other officers to promote events.

Qualifications: Knowledge of renewable energy prinnciples; working knowledge of chapter bylaws, good record keeping, ability to utilize contacts and network for speakers/presenters.

Average Time Commitment: Six hours per month.

Measure of Success: Increase in meeting attendance, excitement over presentation, chapter members feel they have learned something.

Benefits: Gain experience in building and working with committees, improve meeting management skills, expand professional contact network, gain experience that can be used on the job coordinating presentations.

Vacant -- Please Volunteer


Membership Director   [+]Duties

Objective: To maintain membership records of the Alabama Solar Association and recruit new members.

Responsibilities: Attend most meetings, identify potential members, develop membership and retention campaigns, maintain chapter mailing lists, develop surveys to assess needs of chapter members, evaluate and sign new member applications on behalf of chapter.

Qualifications: Knowledge of the Alabama Solar Association; working knowledge of chapter bylaws, service of at least one term in another officer position; good record keeping, knowledge of marketing, good people skills.

Average Time Commitment: Seven hours per month.

Measure of Success: Membership increased by ten percent per year, mailing lists are accurate, retention program in place, problems are handled in a timely manner, applications are processed a timely manner, available to other officers and committee members, attend meetings.

Benefits: Knowledge of entire membership base, networking with all members of chapter, satisfaction & recognition, gain experience that can be used on the job.

Vacant -- Please Volunteer  |  Steve Archibald acting

Biography and Photo Coming Soon

Info@AL-Solar.org


Newsletter and Social Media   [+]Duties

Objective: To produce monthly newsletter, The Sundial, and promote the Alabama Solar Association activities.

Responsibilities: Produce & edit newsletter, coordinate stories and production, recruit members to write articles.

Qualifications: Knowledge of Alabama Solar Association; working knowledge of chapter bylaws, good communication skills, good writing skills, good proofreading skills, ability to delegate.

Average Time Commitment: Ten hours per month, depending on news to be reported.

Measure of Success: Newsletter is read by members, has significant stories. People look forward to the following month’s copy.

Benefits: Gain experience in building and working with committees, gain experience that can be used on the job coordinating presentations.

Lynn Kronk   [+]Biography and Photo

Biography and Photo Coming Soon


Webmaster   [+]Duties

Objective: To maintain the Alabama Solar Association’s Web Site.

Responsibilities: Attend most meetings, update and maintain web site to keep it current and interesting. Find new ways to utilize the web site for communication with members.

Qualifications: Knowledge of Alabama Solar Association; working knowledge of chapter bylaws, familiarity with web sites. Excellent writing and editing skills as well as strong leadership and project management skills required.

Average Time Commitment: Six hours per month.

Measure of Success: Web site is up to date and provides useful information for Chapter members.

Benefits: Gain experience in building web sites, gain experience that can be used on the job.

Celia Mackey   [+]Biography and Photo

Biography and Photo Coming Soon


Technical Editor   [+]Duties

Objective: To gather technical information about renewable energy and write so that lay persons can understand it.

Responsibilities: Attend most meetings, update and maintain web site to keep it current and interesting. Find new ways to utilize the web site for communication with members.

Qualifications: Knowledge of Alabama Solar Association; working knowledge of chapter bylaws, familiarity with web sites. Excellent writing and editing skills as well as strong leadership and project management skills required.

Average Time Commitment: Six hours per month.

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Vacant -- Please Volunteer


Renewable Energy Intern   [+]Duties

Objective: To learn about renewable energy while assisting in the day-to-day operations of the Alabama Solar Association.

Responsibilities: May be appointed by the President of the Alabama Solar Association to fill any vacant officer or director position or to assist any Association officer or director. Attend most meetings, learn about existing and emerging technology, and assist the Association officers, directors, and members with technical matters.

Qualifications: Willing to learn of the Alabama Solar Association; working knowledge of chapter bylaws, and willing to learn about renewable energy principles. Excellent writing and editing skills as well as strong leadership and project management skills required.

Average Time Commitment: Six hours per month.

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Mike Ivanco   [+]Biography and Photo

Having earned an associate’s degree in solar technology in 1981, Mike likes to think he was green before being green was cool. He worked for solar companies in Colorado and California, designing and building hot water and hot air solar systems. Mike is an avid believer in energy conservation, and is constantly working to improve his knowledge of renewable energy. Mike lives in Florence, Alabama with his 2 dogs, Brinkley and Charlie.

Florence, Alabama


History of Alabama Solar Assocation

Alabama Solar Association (ASA) was founded by Alfred G. Orillion, P. E. in 1990. It rose like a Phoenix bird out of the remnants of two previous solar energy organizations, the Alabama Solar Coalition (ASC) and the Alabama Solar Energy Association (ASEA). These two non-profit, solar energy-oriented organizations formed independently during the mid-1970s oil crises.

OPEC had ordered a drastic reduction in oil production. In doing so, it unintentionally awoke a giant--the USA. The US quickly recognized its vulnerability to dependence on foreign petroleum. A swell of determination was generated by the American people to be energy-independent and never again be threatened by hostile governments. All of America was determined to find alternate energy sources. To that end, Alabama did its part. The University of Alabama Huntsville (UAH) was identified by the State as the Solar Energy Center for Alabama. Huntsville, being a progressive, technical town, had many who wanted to contribute to developing alternate energy sources to supplement petroleum. A group which included this author gathered and formed ASEA which was fully supported by UAH. Parallel to this effort, a group at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa formed ASC. Both organizations pursued the use of the sun’s reusable energy. Although some limited research into liquefying coal and biomass fuels for energy sources was done in conjunction with TVA, the emphasis was on solar.

Great interest in ASEA was shown by many in North Alabama. Much research and designs were done in academia, industry, and technical organizations herein. Many meetings, symposiums, demonstrations, and tours were conducted to describe uses of solar energy. A prime interest was the application of solar water heating systems to supplement the water heaters in all homes and businesses as a competitive energy source. The primary concept was the use of heavy (about 200 lbs.) collectors that typically were roof-mounted with various types of working fluids. Photovoltaics--materials that convert solar radiation into direct current (DC) electricity--were recognized, but the immature technology was prohibitively expensive. Those were great times with many having enthusiastic interest in being involved and sharing knowledge and skills. Talk was everywhere of inventions, improvements, and new methods to conserve and utilize solar energy. This author invented and obtained patents on a light weight solar concentrator for heating water (or other liquids) and photovoltaics. There was much interest in these concepts.

Then the bottom fell out, so to speak. OPEC saw the error of its ways as America was increasingly pursuing ways to obtain petroleum domestically. Gasoline and natural gas prices declined, and most all lost interest in alternate energy means. Consequently, industries ceased to manufacture solar energy apparatus. UAH resigned as the Solar Energy Research Center; Auburn University (AU) quickly picked it up. With fuel costs once again acceptable, most people developed other interests. ASC ceased and sent the remaining treasury funds to ASEA. This was in the mid- to late-1980s. In early 1990, this author, a past President of ASEA, received a phone call from a former member at UAH and was asked if something useful could be done with the remaining funds, a little over $700. This author, still having an interest in solar energy applications, arranged with the management of Huntsville Association of Technical Societies (HATS) to create a new organization named the Alabama Solar Association (ASA), a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization. A logo and motto were derived. The logo: an “ASA" in the middle of a sunburst over Alabama. The motto: Established to Promote the Use of Our Sun’s Renewable Energy to Save Our Environment and Life on Earth.

By persuasion, others were encouraged to participate in new solar interests. Since the 1990s, interest in saving this planet has increased, and utilizing the clean, reusable, and free energy provided by the sun is a way to help. Interest in ASA activities tracks in direct proportion to fuel costs. Once again, participation is up. An organization such as this is directly dependent on active leadership and the promotion of interest in the association’s activities and goals. Increasing activities include talks, tours, displays, and publicity. ASA is now on the rise thanks to a Board of Directors (BoD) that is willing to do things. ASA is now active in educational displays at various shows and meetings. Generally, the public now has greater interest in solar energy applications; the future for ASA is great. We’re having fun! Come join us.


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