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Advanced Solar Photovoltaics

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

  • Training
When Jul 10, 2012 08:30 AM to
Jul 12, 2012 05:00 PM
Where Frankfort, KY
Contact Name
Contact Phone 888-576-6527
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July 10 - 12, 2012

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

Franklin County Cooperative Extension Office

101 Lakeview Court

Frankfort, KY 40601


During this three-day workshop, 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. The model PV system used for the workshop will be a 1.4 KW battery-based off-grid system, built onto a Mobile Classroom trailer. Ample time for questions will be provided.

Topics to be Addressed:

  • 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 and balance of system
  • Commissioning protocol
  • System completion checkout
  • Demonstrate system inspection
  • Identify common mistakes

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


Registration forms are available online.

Registration fee for the three-day workshop is $415, and includes lunch and refreshments each day.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Photovoltaics.

This workshop is presented by Appalachia – Science in the Public Interest and the Kentucky Solar Partnership as part of their Sustainable Energy Training Series. The 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. 


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
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