Where would you rate your curiosity quotient on a scale of 1 to 10?
If it’s anywhere around a 5 or above, then you will want to investigate the Tuesday Talks planned by the Payson Institute of Learning.
The PIL has scheduled eight, hour-long talks on a variety of topics. A season ticket is $64 and a single talk ticket is $10 per person. The season starts Tuesday, Sept. 21 with Paul Moore discussing the topic, Driving on Sunshine — The Role of Solar Power in Personal Transportation. The goal is to educate the audience on how each of them can soon be driving a carbon-free and OPEC-free car.
Moore first became interested in solar and other energy alternatives in the 1970s — the last time the USA got “serious” about kicking the oil habit — his real use of these technologies did not start until many years later in 2005.
After a conversation with a friend and doing some quick math, he discovered that his commuting to and from his child’s school and his work created more than 12 tons of atmospheric carbon a year and burned lots of fuel form sources that are not exactly supportive of the American Dream. In addition, he was spending several hours of each weekday sitting behind the wheel.
With the addition of a solar array; his home’s energy consumption dropped by more than 50 percent from the time he purchased it. When combined with the reduction in commuting, the greening of Moore’s life was significant indeed. Most would stop there.
He says he felt that the same innovation that led to the automobile in the first place could also make it clean and run on fuels from a secure source.
Being an independent sort; Moore also felt that this should be accomplishable by an individual. He set out to find a way to keep his air-conditioned car and just chuck the guilt — and in the process the bus.
The project began with the purchase of a 1998 Ford Ranger Electric as a test vehicle and then moved to finding the best way to match that vehicle to his solar production for absolutely carbon-free and OPEC-free driving.
Moore will share the results of his experiments from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 21 at the Central Arizona Board of Realtors office, 600 E. Highway 260, Suite 14, Payson. He will also give us the basics on the different kinds of plug-in cars that are coming out and on the solar technology behind his project — a project he and his small group of majestically insane friends call “Driving on Sunshine.”
The other topics planned for the Tuesday Talks series are:
• Travel Smart — tips on spending less and getting more for your travel dollar, with destinations discussed by Roxanne Boryczki, 4 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 28, CABR office
• Whine Time — the top 10 things people whine about by January Jones, 4 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 5, CABR office
• Tips on Camping, Fishing and Hunting by Dennis Pirch, 4 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 12, CABR office
• Healthy, Easy Meals — presented by several food preparers from Healthy Perspectives, led by Robin Smith, 4 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 19, CABR office
• The Great Days of Journalism — remembrances of an AP photographer by Jeff Robbins, 4 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 26, CABR office
• Mohammed’s Influence in the Modern World by Fred Pattison, 4 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 2, CABR office
• Monsoons of Arizona — a detailed explanation of this weather phenomenon by Robert Charameda, 4 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 9, CABR office
Tickets may be purchased at the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, 100 W. Main, Payson. For more information call (928) 474-4515.