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Solar Workshop

A one-day workshop on grid-tie solar options for Alberta farmers   It is becoming increasingly profitable for Alberta farmers to generate their own electricity and sell it to the grid, utilizing the renewable energy sources on available right on their property.  This one-day workshop will address this opportunity and cover solar electric system siting, installation, permitting process and economics.    Learning Objectives Participants will:  -	Understand how utility-intertie solar systems work -	Learn how to evaluate their site for equipment location and optimal productivity  -	Understand the steps to a completed installation including interfacing with a contractor, permitting agencies, utilities and government grants. -	See examples of equipment  -	Be introduced to case studies of successful farm-based solar systems including actual performance data. -	Examine the economic viability of a farm-based solar system -	Be provided with information on sources for equipment, installers and further resources  Class Outline Alberta’s solar resource Overview of farm applications for solar energy  Alberta’s Micro-Generation regulation How grid-tie solar systems work Equipment options The role of battery storage Microinverters vs. string inverters Determining site viability System design  Permits and utility interconnection agreements Working with a contractor Economics and grants Case studies of successful Alberta systems Growing Forward 2 On-Farm Energy Management Program  The class includes equipment demonstrations.    Handout Materials Best Practices to Select and Work with a Solar Contractor Managing Expectations with Solar Photovoltaic Technology Wire Service Providers in Alberta - Contact Information for Micro-Gen.  Applications Website Resources  Demonstration Equipment Solar module  Micro inverter String inverter DC Disconnect Racking options Metering options Solar site evaluation tool  Instructor: Rob Harlan  Rob Harlan is the Executive Director of the Solar Energy Society of Alberta.   He has taught workshops and classes in solar technologies in both the United States and Canada including courses in solar energy at MacEwan University and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.   Mr. Harlan has provided renewable energy policy consulting to the City of Edmonton and the province of Alberta.  Mr. Harlan managed the 2013 Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues Solar and Energy Savings program, which installed solar PV systems on eight community league buildings.  He served as the solar site assessor for the Alberta Agriculture’s Growing Forward Solar PV Equipment Pilot Program in 2012.  In this capacity he visited over 50 Alberta farms to facilitate their process of going solar.     Mr. Harlan is not affiliated with any product or installation company.    He has been a NABCEP certified Solar PV Installer, Electrical Contractor and General Building Contractor with twelve years experience designing and installing over 150 solar electric and solar hot water installations.   Organization: Solar Energy Society of Alberta The Solar Energy Society of Alberta (www.solaralberta.ca) is a non-profit, educational organization, which serves as a resource for governments, educational institutions and the pubic at large. To this end SESA has partnered with MacEwan University, the University of Alberta, the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, the Telus World of Science, the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues, the Electrical Industry Training Centre, the Canadian Solar Industries Association, Alberta Agriculture, the City of Edmonton, and a number of Alberta elementary and high schools. The Solar Energy Society of Alberta offers seminars, workshops, classes, exhibits and public demonstrations and provides a solar technology demonstration trailer for public events in the Northern Alberta area.  SESA’s website provides a number of services including listings of Alberta installers and equipment suppliers, a gallery of Alberta solar systems, as well as a library of educational videos and PowerPoint presentations.

 

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A one-day workshop on grid-tie solar options for Alberta farmers

 

 

It is becoming increasingly profitable for Alberta farmers to generate their own electricity and sell it to the grid, utilizing the renewable energy sources on available right on their property.  This one-day workshop will address this opportunity and cover solar electric system siting, installation, permitting process and economics. 

 

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

-          Understand how utility-intertie solar systems work

-          Learn how to evaluate their site for equipment location and optimal productivity

-          Understand the steps to a completed installation including interfacing with a contractor, permitting agencies, utilities and government grants.

-          See examples of equipment

-          Be introduced to case studies of successful farm-based solar systems including actual performance data.

-          Examine the economic viability of a farm-based solar system

-          Be provided with information on sources for equipment, installers and further resources

 

Class Outline

Alberta’s solar resource

Overview of farm applications for solar energy

Alberta’s Micro-Generation regulation

How grid-tie solar systems work

Equipment options

The role of battery storage

Microinverters vs. string inverters

Determining site viability

System design

Permits and utility interconnection agreements

Working with a contractor

Economics and grants

Case studies of successful Alberta systems

Growing Forward 2 On-Farm Energy Management Program

 

The class includes equipment demonstrations. 

 

Handout Materials

Best Practices to Select and Work with a Solar Contractor

Managing Expectations with Solar Photovoltaic Technology

Wire Service Providers in Alberta - Contact Information for Micro-Gen.  Applications

Website Resources

 

Demonstration Equipment

Solar module

Micro inverter

String inverter

DC Disconnect

Racking options

Metering options

Solar site evaluation tool

 

Instructor:

Rob Harlan

 Rob Harlan is the Executive Director of the Solar Energy Society of Alberta.   He has taught workshops and classes in solar technologies in both the United States and Canada including courses in solar energy at MacEwan University and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.   Mr. Harlan has provided renewable energy policy consulting to the City of Edmonton and the province of Alberta.  Mr. Harlan managed the 2013 Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues Solar and Energy Savings program, which installed solar PV systems on eight community league buildings.  He served as the solar site assessor for the Alberta Agriculture’s Growing Forward Solar PV Equipment Pilot Program in 2012.  In this capacity he visited over 50 Alberta farms to facilitate their process of going solar. 

 

 Mr. Harlan is not affiliated with any product or installation company.    He has been a NABCEP certified Solar PV Installer, Electrical Contractor and General Building Contractor with twelve years experience designing and installing over 150 solar electric and solar hot water installations.

 

Organization:

Solar Energy Society of Alberta

The Solar Energy Society of Alberta (www.solaralberta.ca) is a non-profit, educational organization, which serves as a resource for governments, educational institutions and the pubic at large. To this end SESA has partnered with MacEwan University, the University of Alberta, the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, the Telus World of Science, the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues, the Electrical Industry Training Centre, the Canadian Solar Industries Association, Alberta Agriculture, the City of Edmonton, and a number of Alberta elementary and high schools.

The Solar Energy Society of Alberta offers seminars, workshops, classes, exhibits and public demonstrations and provides a solar technology demonstration trailer for public events in the Northern Alberta area.

 

SESA’s website provides a number of services including listings of Alberta installers and equipment suppliers, a gallery of Alberta solar systems, as well as a library of educational videos and PowerPoint presentations.

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