Solar Energy in Indiana
by Ryan Zaricki
2:00 pm South Tent (near totem pole by playground)
Several residents in the Ferdinand community have installed solar panels on their rooftops and lawns in recent years. Whole Sun Designs, owned and operated by Ryan Zaricki, has likely installed these systems. In this talk, participants will learn about the effects of recent state legislation on Indiana's residential and business solar energy outlook and discuss ways that citizens can get involved in the ongoing success of this exciting renewable energy. Citizens interested in installing their own solar energy will also have the opportunity for a personal discussion about the technology.
Ryan Zaricki, President of Whole Sun Designs, Inc., has been installing solar panels for nearly thirteen years. An honors graduate of South Spencer High School and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Ryan worked in the solar field in Colorado for several years. In 2007 he brought his skills and knowledge back to the Midwest. This culminated in the formation of Whole Sun Designs, a regional solar provider, in the summer of 2011. Since then, WSD has installed many systems in the region, including grid-tied solar electric, battery-based/off-grid solar electric, and solar thermal/hot water as well as designed and built passive solar buildings. Ryan is a licensed Master Electrician and a NABCEP certified solar installer. Whole Sun Design’s website featuring some of his installations is found at http://www.wholesundesigns.com