In spite of claims to the contrary, converting to solar energy does reduce the cost of electricity. Paul Kando, well known in the Midcoast area for his popular talks on energy, will explain why in this one-night class on Monday, Nov. 7, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Kando will then illustrate how he personally managed to save up for a solar system by improving the energy efficiency of his own house. He will review the technology of both solar heating/water heating and photovoltaic electricity and cover costs and benefits for the homeowner, the small business, and third-party investors. Frequently, investors can make a fair profit by helping their town, church, or nonprofit organization benefit from a solar system. There will also be a discussion on community solar farms and the nationwide "Solarize" movement, including financing options that allow the installation of a solar PV system without the need for up-front cash. Paul Kando is a retired engineer who has been active in energy and building research for over 30 years, both in the U.S. and Europe. The class will be held at Camden Hills Regional High School, 25 Keelson Dr., Rockport.

For more information or to sign up contact adult ed at fivetowns.maineadulted.org or 236-7800, ext 5.