1014 Green River Road, Guilford, VT 05301
Clearwater's Great Hudson River Revival 2013
Start Your Summer Celebrating on the Hudson River
Saturday and Sunday - June 15 & 16, 2013
On the Shores of the Hudson River - Croton Point Park
SolarFest PRE-FESTIVAL WORKSHOP
Dates: Friday, July 5 through Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Location: Forget-Me-Not Farm, Tinmouth, Vermont (Home of SolarFest)
Title: PV203 - Solar Electric Design (Battery-Based)
Class Fee: $795 per student (Includes lunch each day!)
Optional On-site Camping: $50 per student July 5 - 9
Prerequisite: PV101, 2011 NEC Book
This year SolarFest is excited to bring back our Pre-Festival Workshop Training. We are equally as excited to be partnering with one of the oldest and largest renewable energy training organizations in the country, Solar Energy International (SEI). Flint Richter, of SEI, will be our lead instructor and trainer.
SEI was founded in 1991, as a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization focused solely on renewable energy, SEI's mission is to provide quality training to advance the renewable energy industry.
Jeff Spies, a leading industry advocate, recently wrote, "Solar Energy International (SEI) stands alone and I can say without hesitation they are the best solar training organization in the industry. SEI has the broadest course selection, best training curriculums, and the best instructors working in the solar training field today. The fact is that SEI has trained more top level solar trainers and industry professionals than any other solar training organization in the industry."
2013 Course Title Description: PV203 - Solar Electric Design (Battery-Based)
This year's 5 day course will include approximately 4 days of classroom time (at a nearby elementary school) with 1 of on-site hands-on installation of one of the systems integral to the operation of our annual Sustainable Living Festival. The course will build upon the core concepts from PV101, with a specific emphasis on battery-based system design. Students will work through step-by-step design process for battery-based solar electric applications, including stand-alone (off-grid), grid-tied with battery back-up, and hybrid systems. Topics such as load analysis, component selection, battery safety, voltage drop, and commissioning procedures will be presented. In addition to sizing exercises and calculations, students will explore additional design considerations unique to battery-based systems.
This course is ideal for people looking to design and install battery-based solar electric systems, and for solar professionals who have been working in the grid-direct market and need to learn about battery-based systems in preparation for the NABCEP Solar PV Installer Certification Exam.
Prerequisite: PV101 - As part of our partnership with SEI any student registered for this PV203 course at SolarFest will get $100 off the price of the SEI PV-101 Online Course.
Students who complete the workshop will be able to perform the following:
Class Materials: This class comes with a notebook of Power Points, quizzes and exercises.
Participants are expected to bring a 2011 NEC book with them.
NABCEP Training Hours: 5 Day In-person = 40 hours or 18 Continuing Education Units for NABCEP recertification.
We need to register a minimum of 10 Students prior to June 10, 2013 in order to hold this training - so don't delay!
The New England Renewable Energy Festival
Richard Gottlieb Solar Array at
Ulster BOCES ISPQ Training Program Accreditation
PORT EWEN - The Ulster BOCES Adult Career Education Center Photovoltaic program and two of its instructors were granted professional recognition by the Institute for Sustainable Power Quality, (ISPQ). The Adult Photovoltaic program is the fourth post-secondary school to be awarded and the first BOCES in New York to qualify for this designation. Further, photovoltaic trainer Richard Gottlieb was conferred the status of ISPQ Certified Affiliated Master Trainer, only the second trainer in NYS to achieve this level of recognition. PV instructor John Foster was also granted recognition as an ISPQ Affiliated Certified Instructor, one of six instructors.
Educational Opportunities Nationwide
SolarPro Magazine is a periodical independently published by the wonderful folks at Home Power Magazine, who have been publishing both a hardprint and now electronic formats of a wealth of solar and renewables information since 1987. Home Power Magazine is for anyone interested in renewables and has been focused on the do it yourself market. SolarPro Magazine is for professionals who are working, or wish to be working, in the RE industry. They are now publishing the following link to a database of national educational programs in the renewable energy industry. Pick a state, pick a month to find what's now being offered country wide. http://solarprofessional.com/resources/training/
WAMC Northeast Public Radio's Alan Chartock...In Conversation with Richard Gottlieb
ALBANY, NY (WAMC) - Alan Chartock is joined by Richard Gottlieb, president and chief engineer of Sunnyside Solar. © Copyright 2010, WAMC.
Brief history of the modern Northwest off-grid inverter by Robin Gudgel of MidNite Solar.
Click here for a brief history if the inverter from Robin Gudgel who was there through it all.
The Solar Generation USA Road Trip
The The Open PV Project of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory has posted an excellent visualization map of the number of PV installations in the US since 2002. Be patient, it takes a while to load.
Are you thinking about buying a solar electric system for your home or business? If so, this booklet is an excellent consuner resource for some basic information that can help you.
DSIRE is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility and federal incentives and policies that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency. Established in 1995 and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, DSIRE is an ongoing project of the N.C. Solar Center and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council.
The New Solar Home by Dave Bonta and Stephen Snyder, ISBN 13:978-1-4236-0390-0 and ISBN 10:1-4236-0390-7 (Hardback and Quality Paperback), published by Gibbs Smith
Authors Dave Bonta and Stephen Snyder of USA Solar Stores illustrate exceptional homes that are groundbreaking not only in their use of renewable energy but also in their commitment to recycling and repurposing materials used in construction and reducing the impact on the surrounding environment through sensitive building methods. With details on why these homeowners decided to go solar and how having a solar home can save money in the long run, these solar beauties are sure to inspire homeowners to create or remodel their own solar sanctuaries.
Order by phone 1-800-835-4993 or online.
THE NEW SOLAR ELECTRIC HOME: The complete guide to photovoltaics for your home, 3rd edition. by Joel Davidson and Fran Orner. Aatec Publications, Christine Bych, 734-995-1470, aatecpub@SolarElectricBooks.com www.SolarElectricBooks.com won the "Living Now Book Award' - a "Must-Read for the "Earth-Friendly". New Edition Offers Reality-Based Education in Home PV Systems - Covers chapters on PV basics and decision making, system components, nots and bolts instruction and a glimpse into the future with many illustrations, tables , worksheets, checklists, NEC article 690 information and solar radiation and peak sun hour data. $39.95. Distributed by Chelsea Green . ISBN 978-0-937948-17-0
|At Home with the Sun: Solar Energy for Young Scientisits by Michael J.Daley with 10 Activities and Experiments - $10.00 - email@example.com - 802-387-2601 - Michael also offering this summer to schools, libraries and summer & day camps - "Solar S'mores Fun Educational Workshop", each child builds own Pizza Box Solar Oven, then cook and eat solar S'mores - for ages 8-14.|
NABCEP PV Entry Level Exam Interactive Study Guide:© definitive guide to prepare for the NABCEP PV Entry Level Exam by Halsey Street Publishing
More than 400 simulated test questions, interactive flash cards, more than 100 videos, a hyperlinked glossary of terms, Exam Success Guide, two timed simulated tests.
System Requirements: Windows XP or higher. DVD drive. Sound card. 1 Gig RAM. Windows Office 2003 or higher. Internet access not required.
To order email Sunnyside Solar, Inc. firstname.lastname@example.org for details. $79.95
Life Styles of the Solar Famous DVD - $18.00, produced by Nathan Koenig and Shelli Lipton of White Buffalo Media. A survey of various early adopters of photovoltaics throughout the Northeast, along with commentary by a number of supporters of renewable energy, with informational segments on the PV technology by Richard Gottlieb.
To order email Sunnyside Solar, Inc. email@example.com for details.
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Some Information about Batteries
VOLTAGE VS. PERCENT CHARGE|
12.75V to 13.5V - 3/4 to full charge
11.75 to 12.75 - 1/4 to 3/4 charge-general operating range
11.75V to 12.5V - 1/4 to 1/2 charge
10.5V to 11.5V - below 1/4 charge-need to recharge-generator/line
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a. All balls floating indicates over charge
b. Three balls floating indicates full charge
c. Two balls floating indicates one half charge
d. One ball floating indicates one quarter charge
e. No balls floating indicates no charge
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