1-1/2 Day Photovoltaic System Fundamentals

Jun 06 2015 - Jun 07 2015

*Note: This workshop is also offered Sept. 11-12, click here for that registration page.


This 1 1/2 day workshop will introduce participants to the basic concepts, tools, materials and construction and engineering techniques needed to design and construct systems that convert solar resources into electricity with photovoltaic (PV) technologies. Participants will learn how to assess the solar resources available at a particular site and how to use that information to estimate the energy production and economics of a PV system.  Participants will learn how to design and construct safe and reliable code compliant photovoltaic systems.

The workshop will address contemporary trends, products and policies and incentives. It will include lectures and power point presentations, site assessment and system design and construction activities, computer modeling, and exploration of numerous systems we have set up around the Department of Technology & Environmental Design at Appalachian State University.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Measure and assess solar resources at a site and using that data estimate the energy production and system economics of photovoltaic systems
  2. Identify and describe a wide variety of components used in solar electricity producing systems and basic system types
  3. Design and construct both grid tied and battery based photovoltaic systems
  4. Describe policies and incentives in place to stimulate the market for PV in NC
  5. Estimate the economics of PV systems

Who should attend? Community college teachers, architects, engineers, builders, handy homeowners, entrepreneurs, and tradesmen and women

Cost: $375*   (includes lunch on Saturday)
*Early Registration Cost EXTENDED: $325 - Register by close of business day June 5th to receive discount
Students in UNC system cost: $300**
**Student Early Registration Cost: $275 - Extended to June 5

Location: Appalachian State University Campus, Room 17 (Room location updated 6/3/15) in Katherine Harper Hall/Kerr Scott Hall. Park at Rivers Street Parking Deck next to building, parking deck will be open.
Time: 1st Day, 9:00am - 4:00 pm and 2nd Day, 9:00am - 1:00pm

Continuing Education Credits Offered: 1.0 License renewal credit for teachers, 10 LU|HSW, 10 PDH, NCBI 10 CE to maintain designation
All attendees will receive a Certificate of Completion


Dennis Scanlin

Dennis Scanlin is a Professor in the Department of Technology and Environmental Design at Appalachian State University.  He received a BS from Penn State University and a MA & Ed.D from West Virginia University. Energy education & renewable energy technology have been the major focus of his work.

He has designed, constructed & tested many renewable energy systems including; solar ovens, food dryers, lumber kilns, water heaters, water distillers, space heating systems, green houses, and small hydro, wind, & PV systems. He has also developed and taught numerous courses and workshops focusing on a wide variety of renewable energy technologies over the last 30 years.  Over the last 10 years renewable electricity system design and construction has been the major focus of his work.

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