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Advanced Photovoltaics - Solar Electric System Hands-On Workshop

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

  • Training
When Oct 24, 2011 08:30 AM to
Oct 28, 2011 05:00 PM
Where Frankfort, KY
Contact Name
Contact Phone 888-576-6527
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October 24 - 28, 2011

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

Kentucky State University

Center for Sustainability of Farms and Families

1525 Mills Lane

Frankfort, KY 40601


During this five-day workshop participants will install a complete battery-based, off-grid PV system on an environmental education trailer used by Kentucky State University’s Land Grant Program. The workshop will provide a mix of lecture and hands-on activities, with in-depth discussion of solar electric system components, design and installation practices.

Topics to be Addressed:

  • PV system design for off-grid & grid-tied applications
  • PV system components, characteristics & uses
  • System types and relevant UL IEEE & NEC issues
  • Installation techniques for systems
  • Code issues
  • Working with the PV array, wire runs, & balance of system
  • Commissioning protocol & System completion checkout
  • Demonstrating system inspection
  • Identifying common mistakes

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


Registration forms are available online.

Registration fee for the five-day workshop is $825. Registration includes lunch and refreshments each day.

Attendance limited to 12 students. Prerequisite: Introduction to Photovoltaics or equivalent.

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
  • Franklin County Cooperative Extension Service
  • Kentucky State University
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