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Advanced Photovoltaics - Solar Electric System Hands-On Workshop

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This three day workshop will provide in-depth discussion of solar electric system components and installation practices.

  • Workshop
When Aug 18, 2010 08:30 AM to
Aug 20, 2010 05:00 PM
Where Frankfort, KY
Contact Name
Contact Phone 888-576-6527
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August 18 - 20, 2010

8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET

Franklin County Cooperative Extension Office

101 Lakeview Court

Frankfort, KY 40601


An operational photovoltaic system will be available to provide hands-on experiences with system components. Participants will be able to view wiring, mounting and programming features up close, and will walk through the commissioning and troubleshooting process with the instructor.  Ample time for questions will be provided.

The system used for the workshop will be the Kentucky Solar Partnership’s Solar Trailer, a 660 Watt PV array mounted on a 16 foot trailer. The system includes a 3500 watt Outback inverter, four six-volt Deka L-16 batteries and a maximum power-point tracking Outback charge controller. This 24 volt system demonstrates a grid-intertied system with battery back-up (although the system will not be grid-tied at the workshop site).

Instructor: Chris LaForge, ISPQ Certified PV Instructor, NABCEP Certified PV Installer


Registration forms are available online.

Registration fee for the three-day workshop is $400. Registration includes lunch and refreshments each day.

Attendance limited to 20 students. Prerequisite: Introduction to Photovoltaics

The Sustainable Energy Training Series is oriented towards professionals seeking to expand their knowledge and the scope of services they offer, as well as others interested in learning more about these important  fields.  These workshops are presented by Appalachia – Science in the Public Interest and the Kentucky Solar Partnership as part of their Sustainable Energy Training Series.


Thanks to the support of the Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED), scholarships are available to those who live and work in eastern Kentucky, based on need. To apply for a scholarship, please contact the Kentucky Solar Partnership.


  • MACED – Mountain Association for Community Economic Development
  • Johnson Controls, Inc.
  • Franklin County Cooperative Extension Service
  • Christian Appalachian Project
  • Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research at U of L
  • Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence


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