Living Lightly On the Earth 2010 Alabama Sierra Club Retreat

Hosted by Coosa Valley Group
Desoto State Park Nov. 5 – 7
Exciting programs and activities! Some meals will feature local foods.
Retreat registration and lodging will be Separate – watch mail & website for form.
Limited Space – make lodging reservations by calling 1-800-568-8840 Double rooms $76/night Chalets and cabins (sleep 4) $128/night Camping also available.


October 2010


By Peggie Griffin

Need evidence that the sun can efficiently run a home? After the Coosa Valley Solar Tour on Saturday, August 28, we were all convinced that the energy of the sun can be very successfully captured to provide the luxuries of heating and cooling, washing machines, refrigerators, computers. . . Daryl Berquist, the only NABCEP certified solar installer in the state of Alabama led this most informative tour.

Not only were we introduced to solar power technology, but we also toured four different types of homes designed to be more earth friendly:

a straw bale house (completely off the grid), an underground house, a yurt (completely off the grid), and a home designed to work with the angles of the sun during different times of the year (designed for solar power – with backup from AL Power).

Solar Oven
Daryl Berquist demonstrating a solar oven

Participating in the tour were Steve and Cindy Garrison, Barbara Harrington, Ellen Harris, Vicki Harris, Richard Maddox, Kim O'Neil, Martha Winslow-Cole, and Peggie Griffin. Many thanks to Daryl for this fascinating and enjoyable tour – also to the homeowners who allowed us to tour their homes.

Above: Daryl Berquist talking about the use of solar panels.