Photovoltaics Workshop

Photovoltaics Workshop

Photovoltaics Workshop
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Date(s) - Apr/10/17 - Apr/14/17
All Day

Prepares Students to Sit for the ETA Level 1 PV Certification Exam Want to learn how to install solar? Maybe you even want to become certified to work in the solar field. Now you can spend just five days of training (4 1/2 classroom instruction and 1/2 day taking the certification test) in a relaxed setting - to realize your goal. April 10th - 14th: at Clintonville Community Resource Center (northern Columbus, OH) Early Registration Fee: $970 (includes ETA examination fee, course materials and solar installation tool kit)* Multi Person Registration Fee: (register 2 or more, receive a $100 discount) $870 (*by registering, you agree to the terms outlined in the Waiver of Liability) The Location: 3222 N. High St. Columbus, OH 43202 This is an introductory but technical course on the design and installation of solar electric systems within residential and light commercial structures. Blue Rock Station has been approved as a Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System provider. This course has been approved for 8 hours of LA CES health, safety, and welfare Professional Development Hours. It appears to comply with the AIA definition of Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW) – related training. While the Engineering organizations do not pre-approve courses, this structured course also appears to meet the qualification requirements for 8 hours Continuing Professional Development Education hours as defined by the State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Surveyors. Blue Rock Station maintains records and issues certificates and course content materials that comply with most continuing education requirements for professional designations in the architecture and/or engineering fields. Professional Continuing Education FAQs This course has been approved by the Union Education Trust as eligible for tuition payment If you are a State of Ohio bargaining unit employee, the Trust supports programs that help bargaining unit employees advance their careers, improve their quality of work life and work towards achieving employment security. Trust programs provide financial assistance (up to $1000 annually) to defray the cost of employees participating in education and training programs. All current OCSEA state bargaining unit employees, OCSEA bargaining unit employees in the State of Ohio Treasurer's office, and CWA bargaining unit employees in the State of Ohio Secretary of State office, who are on the State of Ohio active payroll or who have recall/rehire rights are eligible to participate and receive financial assistance for Union Education Trust programs. Eligible participants must meet specific program criteria and requirements. More information at or call 1-866-436-7900. ETA Examination fees (normally $150) and course materials (also around $150) are included as part of the course fee. VETERANS: The Examination Fee is eligible for VA reimbursement. The course may also be eligible for VA or Americorps reimbursement (check with your contact at these agencies if you think you may qualify). A recent study shows that Solar jobs are growing at a rate 10 times the national average - and that PV installers average starting salaries are in the $20-24 per hour range (about $40,000 - $48,000 per year). The course will consist of lectures (about 50%) as well as hands-on labs (also about 50%). You will work with a working PV system, dismantling and re-installing it, troubleshooting and ensuring its proper operation. You will also learn how to design and build your own solar generator - to get you through those irritating power outages. OUR COURSE/EXAM FREE RETAKE OFFER: While we can't guarantee that you will pass the ETA exam, we can do what we can do. First, ETA will allow you to re-take the exam one time for free during the year after your first attempt, should you prove unsuccessful during your first examination. On top of that, we at Blue Rock Station will allow you to sit through the course a second time (space available) for FREE to prepare for that second attempt. Such a deal... LET US DESIGN YOUR PROJECT: Many students attend this course because they intend to install a PV system at their home. They hope that this course will give them the tools they need to design and then install their residential system and save thousands of dollars (and it will). As part of the course curriculum, we will design a residential PV project from start-to-finish. This means that the students will interview the owner, determine load requirements, design the array, determine all the components (picking real-world options from the Internet), price the system, size the conductors, estimate voltage drop due to resistance, determine the battery bank requirements (if it is a stand-alone system), design the grounding and bonding system, and put together a cost estimate for the materials. As a special offer to those registering for the class, on a first-come-first-served basis, we can use your project at this course project. This means that if you register early (and ask), we will take the specifications for your home and project and use this for our case study. You will then leave the class with a completely designed PV system (saving you perhaps thousands of dollars and feeling confident that you have a well-designed plan in hand). So call today to see if the class you want to attend still has the project open - and reserve it for yourself. AFTER THE COURSE: The learning doesn't stop just because the workshop is over. We will add you to our growing database of students, and be in contact periodically with you regarding installations going on around the state that are looking for volunteers. Gain valuable "real world" experience. Also, many employers contact us from time-to-time for recommendations of students who they may wish to employ. Course Content Includes: Basic Principles and Concepts of Power Potential and kinetic energy Molecular structure and covalent bonds Laws of thermodynamics Types of energy Methods of energy transfer (conduction, convection, radiation) Factors that affect the absorption of radiant energy Power equations Basic electricity Relationship of Watts, Volts and Amps Ohm's Law Electrical circuits How batteries work Direct and alternating currents Electrical safety Basic Principles and Concepts of Photovoltaics How photovoltaic cells work Solar cell efficiency Factors affecting cell performance Types of photovoltaic cells Advantages and disadvantages of photovoltaic technology Solar panel specifications Standard Test Conditions (STC) Photovoltaic System Components Selecting Solar Panels Inverters (square wave, modified square wave, sine-wave) Balance of system (BOS) components Junction box Combiners Battery system Controllers Maximum Power Point tracking Disconnects Standard system configurations Stand-alone system Grid-tied systems Grid Interactive Grid Fallback Micro Inverter systems Power Optimizer systems Hybrid systems Site assessment Locating true south (lines of declination) Shading issues Panel orientation (altitude and azimuth) Array mounting options and issues Rooftop Available area Structural integrity Stand off requirements Loading issues Inter row shading Ground mounted Top pole Side pole Tracking systems Building Integrated systems Determining available sunlight Solar insolation maps, online systems Use of a Solar Pathfinder Solar window Designing a PV system Load requirements Calculating electrical use Assessing electric bills Load variations Cycling loads Phantom loads Induction motors Selecting a panel Panel specifications Determining system inefficiencies Inverter efficiencies BOS inefficiencies Wiring selection and voltage drop issues Temperature adjustments Estimating the size of the array Calculating number of panels given specifications and load requirements Determine maximum voltage of system and adjust for temperature variations Calculate number of panels and number of strings Determine compatibility to BOS components Grounding, bonding and over-current issues Pricing the system as designed (current costs, incentives) Connecting to the grid Troubleshooting problems Battery Systems Types of batteries Determining nominal voltage Calculating Amp hour storage requirements Depth of discharge Temperature adjustments Battery bank sizing calculations How batteries are charged Bulk charge Absorption charge Floating charge Battery storage and maintenance issues Venting Equalization Measuring state of charge Battery safety issues System Installation Racking Systems Loading Issues Climbing Safety Ground Mounted System issues Conduit Installation and Fill Issues Paperwork Required Documentation/Application Package Interconnect Agreements Net Metering Agreements Required Permits Commissioning Forms Installation Checklists Operation and Maintenance Documentation Testing and Commissioning the System Final Installation Checklist Visual Inspection Verification of Code Compliance Electrical System Verification Testing System Functioning Testing Verify Array Power and Energy Production against STC Derating Factor Components System Maintenance and Troubleshooting Monitoring Performance Typical Systems Problems and how to Correct Them System Maintenance This course has been conducted in affiliation with: Registration is limited to 10 students. This course is offered in partnership with several not-for-profits. The fee for this one-week course is $970 and includes: Instruction, hands-on labs, textbook and lab material, ETA examination, and (in most cases) lunch. This course is also eligible for VA and Americorps funding. Scholarships may also be available based on need. Contact us at 740-674-4300 for further details regarding the management of fees. April 10th - 14th: at Clintonville Community Resource Center (northern Columbus, OH) Early Registration Fee: $970 (includes ETA examination fee, course materials and solar installation tool kit)* Multi Person Registration Fee: (register 2 or more, receive a $100 discount) $870 (*by registering, you agree to the terms outlined in the Waiver of Liability) The Location: 3222 N. High St. Columbus, OH 43202 This course prepares you to sit for the ETA Photovoltaic Installer (PVI) Level 1. It is the first level of ETA's certifications designed to assess renewable energy professionals. It is also a great first step for those seeking to enter the PV industry, and perhaps later prepare to sit for the NABCEP PV certification program or the ETA PV level 2 program to begin by the end of 2017. More information available at About the Instructor: Jay Warmke is the author of a number of textbooks on renewable energy, including ASSEMBLING A SOLAR GENERATOR, WHEN THE BIOMASS HITS THE WIND TURBINE, UNDERSTANDING PHOTO VOLTAIC: A STUDY GUIDE FOR SOLAR ELECTRIC CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS, and more. He has received several awards including Educator of the Year (ETA), Volunteer of the Year, and Pioneer of the Year from Green Energy Ohio. Jay also serves as Vice President: Green Energy Ohio, Chair Person: ETA's Renewable Energy Committee and board member: Electronic Technician's Association (ETA) . He also teaches renewable energy at Zane State College, and various workshops on sustainable construction and renewable energy at Blue Rock Station, which he co-owns with his wife Annie Warmke. Blue Rock Station is the premier sustainable living center in Ohio and draws visitors from around the world. About the Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA® International): Founded in 1978 by electronics technicians, ETA International is a not-for-profit 501(c) 6, worldwide association whose mission is to represent and support the technical professional. ETA aligns with international standards, vocational and education curriculums, and businesses’ resource initiatives through certification programs, conferences, speaking engagements, and book and journal publications. ETA Membership: ETA International members are professionals in all technical fields, including fiber optics, smarthome, renewable energy, customer service, biomedical, computer and computer networking, telecommunications, wireless communications, consumer electronics, video distribution, aviation, industrial electronics, radar, and satellite. Members range in occupation from college professors to beginner installers and technicians to company chairpersons. Learn more about ETA membership. Certification Programs Recognizing the need to verify that fellow electronics technicians had sufficient training in industry standards, including troubleshooting techniques, knowledge of test equipment, and installation procedures, ETA began providing third-party assessment through its own certification programs in 1978. Aligning with the ISO 17024 standards, and collaborating with education providers and industry professionals, ETA certifications test the knowledge and hands-on skills needed in today’s electronics industry. The organization currently has Stand-Alone Certifications and Journeyman Certifications for more than 80 certification programs in all electronics-related fields. ETA tests and certifies thousands of technicians and industry specialists each year. The organization has its own Board of Directors, more than 600 subject matter experts serving on various certification advisory committees, a professional certification administration staff, training facilities, and more than 1,000 exam/certification administrators. ETA actively supports training and education through the development of study guides, technical monographs and seminars, as well as working with a large number of ETA-approved schools and courses. Location : Clintonville Community Resource Center, 3222 N. High St. Columbus, OH 43202 Contact : Annie Warmke, 740-674-4300 or at
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Things change, and we realize this. But there are costs involved in managing people for upcoming workshops - so where is the balance? Our policy is that, if a payment is canceled more than 30 days prior to the event, 100% of the payment will be refunded (less any credit card processing fees that might apply). If a refund is requested between 30 - 7 days prior to the event, a 75% refund will be issued (less any credit card processing fees that might apply). Less than a week out - no refund will be issued. However, all payments (those not refunded) can be applied to a future event. If during the workshop something occurs (a family emergency, illness, change of heart, whatever), we will work with you to get you into another future workshop. No refund, however, will be issued. If more than 90% of the workshop has been completed prior to the emergency, illness, etc - we will consider that our end of the bargain has been completed and that is that. Hope all that makes sense.
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