1-1/2 Day Photovoltaic System Fundamentals

Sep 23 2016 - Sep 24 2016


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

Early Registration Cost: $325*   (includes lunch on Friday)
*Cost after Sept.2: $375
Students in UNC system Early Registration Cost: $275**
**Student Cost after Sept.2: $300

Location: Appalachian State University Campus, Katherine Harper Hall, Room 180. Park at Rivers Street Parking Deck, the deck will be open and free of charge.
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


J.R. Whitley

J.R. Whitley is a NABCEP Certified PV installer and a NC licensed electrician who has been working in the solar industry since graduating from Appalachian State University's Appropriate Technology program in 2006. He has been involved in all aspects of PV system design, installation, and maintenance. He currently owns 690 Electric and is an instructor for Solar Energy International.

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