Solar Construction Course


This course is intended for those wishing to design and build a PASSIVE SOLAR HOME with an air recirculated heat storage slab.

  2. GROUND INSULATION instead of frost walls
  3. HEAT STORAGE SLAB construction techniques and details
  4. AIR RECIRCULATION and FILTRATION SYSTEM design and components

WHERE: Nova Scotia Institute of Technology, Leeds St., Halifax

How To Build A Solar USB Charger

This document helps you build a system to charge mobile devices via USB with energy from a solar panel. It includes a large section on how to use the RETScreen tool to analyze your power needs and turn those into battery and panel requirements. The plans were created by the Fall 2017 class of the Nova Scotia Community College Introduction to Renewable Energy program.

Designs posted by Solar Nova Scotia are done so without liability of Solar Nova Scotia or the authors.


Solar Nova Scotia Booth at the Home Show!

Got a solar question? Want to hang out with the cool solar kids? Need to pick up a Solar Shelter manual? Drop in at our booth at the Ideal Whole Home Expo in Halifax!

Here's the schedule - open hours and solar presentations

  • Friday, October 13th: noon - 8pm. Solar presentation 2 > 4 PM
  • Saturday, October 14th: 10am - 6pm. Solar presentation 11 > 1 PM
  • Sunday, October 15th: 10am - 4pm. Solar presentation 2:30 > 4 PM

Here's the Home Show Event Site

Halifax Solar Shelter Course

Solar Shelter Courses

Solar Nova Scotia offers practical courses on designing and building Solar Homes and Additions. This is a Passive Solar Home Design Course for the general public and, for those in design and construction. The instructor is a 40 year experienced solar designer-builder, Don Roscoe.