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Introduction to Off-Grid Solar
September 23, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday, September 23rd
INSTRUCTOR: Newt Loken
This will be an overview of off-grid solar electrical systems applicable in the home, shop or anywhere else appropriate for a small-scale electrical system (some grid tie included). Students will study some basic principles of solar design and system planning and see at least two different off-grid solar electric system examples: one high voltage (100 v DC array to 48 volt Bats) and one low voltage (<40 v DC to 12 volt Bats).
Skill building areas include load assessment and efficiency first principle, solar array siting & resource, electricity & wiring basics, conduit choices & use, Balance of system equipment siting and attachment and safety. The student should walk away with an orientation to the broad variety of design and install details and many of the components and tools used to install a solar power system. This is not intended to teach all the knowledge necessary to install your own system.
LOCATION: Aprovecho Meeting Hall
TUITION: Early Bird (Registered/Paid by August 23rd) $100; After August 23rd $125; Last Minute (after September 9th)$150
ABOUT NEWT: Newt was always immersed in nature and natural systems growing up. At university in Michigan, he furthered the study of ‘natural resources’ and broadened it to include efficiency, solar, and other renewable technologies primarily oriented towards shelter applications. While working in Colorado, California, and Oregon for other solar contractors in pursuit of better installation methods and system types, Newt pursued technologies from passive solar space heat and water heating to active solar water heating and space heating (radiant floor), finally culminating with starting a business, Solar Assist, that primarily installs solar electric systems currently. Most are grid tie but Solar Assist has installed a variety of solar electric systems that are battery based; some grid back up and some off grid.
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