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  • Thank you Jay. You were a GREAT instructor! I hope to someday have the opportunity to work with you again in the future.
    Scott Hackney, Bright Spot Wind and Solar

  • I definitely walked away empowered technically, but the additional benefit of having a deeper context around the why of solar power, and its significance in our energy evolution. Your passion and commitment to the cause comes through in your delivery of the class, and your willingness to engage each of us, despite a variety of technical levels, really lowered the barrier to effective learning.
    Vince Weseli, Cincinnati, OH

  • That was a very useful and informative class. Your teaching style was excellent. I haven't sat in a class for this long in 35 years. You kept the class interesting and interactive.
    Sugu Suguness, Cincinnati, OH

  • Thank you so much for putting all that knowledge on me. Regardless of test outcome i feel more certain about solarizing...and the message after yours was my AEP bill. I'll take that as a sign to get moving on my plans.
    Nancy Jesser, Columbus, OH

  • Thanks for offering the solar cert I just finished up a 8kW on grid, off grid system for a guy.
    Russell Gabriel, Athens, OH

  • We are very happy that we had chosen your Photovoltaic course in Newark. We learned so much from your course regarding photovoltaic cells , electricity generation, the techniques of installation of panels etc in a very congenial, friendly and laid back atmosphere. Your great input in this field encouraged us to work on a small project at home on small solar cells.
    Satyanarayana Kadim and Rajeshkumar kadim, Athens, OH

  • Jay’s knowledge on solar and related topics, delivered effectively through anecdotal experience and his pragmatic approach, is inspirational. There are very few questions he is unable to answer or provide a reference for. His enthusiasm for our success never waned even when asked the same questions repeatedly. I look forward to attending more of Jay’s classes and know that I’ll come away with more than I paid for.
    Chris Kenney, Cincinnati, OH

  • Jay’s solar power course was a refreshing introduction into the world of photovoltaics. I couldn’t have asked for a better instructor. He provides real-word experience that is thorough and relevant. Jay is well spoken and a gifted communicator. His class provides a solid framework from which to build knowledge and experience.
    Dale Ramsey, Pickerington, OH

  • From the beginning, Jay measured each student’s background and technical understanding. Our class experience ranged from doctors and engineers to tradesmen and finally students. His material is well-organized and delivered in a way everyone can understand. He provides a mixture of lecture and hands-on instruction, building on each topic in a logical manner.
    Dale Ramsey, Pickerington, OH

  • I’ve been a technical instructor for almost 20 years and Jay is at the top of the list of the best instructors I’ve witnessed. He engages the class from the beginning and answers the question: "Where we are…how we got there…and where we are heading?” Most importantly, Jay provides the tools and direction for each of us to make it happen.
    Dale Ramsey, Pickerington, OH

  • Having taken numerous classes, I consider myself an expert on taking numerous classes. Jay Warmke’s warm and thorough approach to the instruction of photo-voltaic installation exceeded my expectations in every way. His patience and perseverance left the entire class feeling as if no question was a stupid question and he complimented the classroom setting with his extremely funny sense of humor. I whole heartedly recommend taking any of his or his wonderful wife Annie’s classes you may be interested in, with no reservations.
    Nick Adams, Columbus, OH

  • It really helped me to re-assess our plan - better determine our household system. Great instructor! Easy to understand, stops and explains whenever needed. Jay is extremely effective and makes learning easy. All I knew beforehand was that I wanted solar, now I know what I want, but more importantly, what I can afford.
    OEFFA Session, Columbus, OH

  • Thank you so much for giving the workshop. My husband and I learned a great deal. We hope to visit Blue Rock again in the future. We came quite a few years ago when you gave a workshop on the solar oven. It was very interesting, you and your wife are doing society a favor by letting us experience and learn how to be practical in this life.
    Ken and Lorene Diehl, Columbus, OH

  • Jay - we have power! Thanks so much for your course - never would have tackled it without your teaching and encouragement. It was a challenge for me in several ways (including wet spring) but am now so happy to be through it! A 2-decade dream come true!
    Louis Iverson, Radnor, OH

  • The day spent at the Akron Zoo workshop was outstanding! Like most adults 50 years old, I have endured too many soul draining seminars and workshops in search of knowledge and enlightenment. Your workshop was awesome! The combination of "tech speak" combined with man on the street explanation was a perfect fit for me. Thank you for an informative, entertaining and valuable workshop.
    Dan Arthur

  • Thank you for the update and thank you for a great class. The class exceeded all my expectations. Learned a lot.
    Jim MacMillan, Cuyahoga Falls, OH

  • I had a wonderful time at your seminar. I was able to meet like minded people who are enthusiastic about the same issues and doing the same types of sustainable projects. The amount of the information that was given was tremendous. You kept the us entertained and engaged the entire day.
    Matthew Corbett, Cleveland, OH

  • The one-day PV workshop was extremely helpful, although I had almost "zero" knowledge before the workshop. Now, I know what to look out for and what questions to ask. That is an important step forward for me. It also gives me a better way of assessing whether I might want to take the full course next year. Thanks, Jay!
    Andrea Gorzitze

  • Stewart Brand wrote "We are as gods and me might as well get good at it" in the first Whole Earth Catalog. Well Jay is good at it. He has interpreted the technical, governmental and human nature involved in designing solar voltaic systems to be understandable. The first day really sucked me in with Jay's views of the energy business and reinforced my thoughts on the topic. His teaching method was spot on with this complicated subject. Jay broke each section down so it could be understood. He would often digress into some humorous stories that often had me laughing. Solar technology is changing rapidly and Jay gave us many ways to keep up with it. The price of the class will be paid back many times over the next few years.
    Jon Branstrator, Clarksville, OH

  • Just wanted to say you're the best teacher I have ever had and that just the experience I had in your class and the things I learned from you will carry on in my life. Thanks allot and I am so happy I got to meet you. Thanks again and I will keep in contact.
    Robert Anderson, Wooster, OH

  • Thank-you very much for the wonderful workshop last week. It was well worth the time and money. You are a wonderful teacher and did a great job packing in a ton of content.
    Howard Plevyak Jr., Cincinnati, OH

  • I appreciated you keeping us on track and working in the hands-on activities to solidify the book and classroom instruction. That was a perfectly designed learning lab for me!
    Howard Plevyak Jr., Cincinnati, OH

  • This training was one of the best theory and hands on training I have ever received an as a result I have built my second 10KW solar generator based on the instructions I received.
    James Mosley Jr, Ft. Campbell, KY

  • I also have to give a huge hearty YES to the PV Certification Training workshop Jay teaches--I came away with so much know how and information--and it is the same when I am at Blue Rock for a workshop, a cup of tea, or a tour!
    Sheryl Billman, Grafton, OH

  • The course certainly does what was advertised. I now know how to design almost any PV system.
    Christian Collett, Wilmington, OH

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1-Day Overview of Solar Electric (PV) - Athens
Wednesday, May 31 2017, 8:00am - 5:00pm

A Basic but Comprehensive Overview of Solar Electric (PV)

You have heard about solar electricity.  Perhaps you have even explored putting solar panels on your home.  Or your boss wants to know if solar power will work for your company.  Or you are an architect or engineer and your clients are beginning to ask questions that you don't have the answers for (and also you need continuing education hours to renew your license).  Or perhaps you are thinking of taking the 5-day certification course but are not quite sure you want to commit the time and money to make that happen.  Then this one-day introduction to solar electricity may be just the course you are looking for.

This workshop is a slimmed down version of our complete 5-day course that leads to ETA certification in PV.  As such, if you take this course and then later decide to pursue the full certification course, we will apply the registration fee of this class to the certification class if and when you sign up (so we will deduct the $100 fee from the longer class registration fee).

This course, due to time constraints, is a seminar-based program (no hands on).  It is designed for individuals with little or no background in electricity or photovoltaics.  But after attending this class you will understand:

  • Basic electrical principles and concepts.
  • Basic Principles and Concepts of Photovoltaics
  • Photovoltaic System Components, and how to select the items that are right in a given situation
  • Standard PV system configurations, and when and why to use each
  • How to conduct a Site Assessment
  • How to Design a Photovoltaic System
  • Sizing and Selecting a Battery System
  • Steps involved in System Installation
  • Rules, Regulations and Paperwork Required 

Ohio Architects BoardThis is an introductory but technical course on the design and installation of solar electric systems within residential and light commercial structures. Blue Rock Station has been approved as a Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System provider.   This course has been approved for 8 hours of LA CES health, safety, and welfare Professional Development Hours. It appears to comply with the AIA definition of Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW) – related training.  It has been approved by the Ohio Architects Board for 8 hours of HSW related continuing education.

While the Engineering organizations do not pre-approve courses, this structured course also appears to meet the qualification requirements for 8 hours Continuing Professional Development Education hours as defined by the State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Surveyors.

Blue Rock Station maintains records and issues certificates and course content materials that comply with most continuing education requirements for professional designations in the architecture and/or engineering fields.

 


This Workshop Sponsored by

ETA Approved Course

Date and Location:
(Select proper date from drop down menu)

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017 at Rural Action Offices, 9030 Hocking Hills Dr, The Plains, OH 45780

Early Registration Fee: $100 (includes course materials and lunch)

After May 15th, price increases to $125

This course is endorsed and co-sponsored by Rural Action and Upgrade Athens.

(*by registering, you agree to the terms outlined in the Waiver of Liability)

 


 

 

 

Course Content Includes:

Basic Principles and Concepts of Power

  • Power equations
  • Basic electricity. Relationship of Watts, Volts and Amps
  • Ohm's Law
  • Electrical circuits
  • How batteries work
  • Direct and alternating currents
  • Electrical safety
  • How to conduct a load assessment

Basic Principles and Concepts of Photovoltaics

  • How photovoltaic cells work
  • Solar cell efficiency
  • Factors affecting cell performance
  • Types of photovoltaic cells
  • Advantages and disadvantages of photovoltaic technology
  • Solar panel specifications
  • Standard Test Conditions (STC)
  • Changes in the 2014 NEC affecting photovoltaics

Photovoltaic System Components

  • Inverters (square wave, modified square wave, sine-wave)
  • Balance of system (BOS) components
  • Combiners
  • Battery systems
  • Charge Controllers
  • Maximum Power Point tracking
  • Lightning and overcurrent protection
  • Disconnects

Standard system configurations

  • Stand-alone systems
  • Grid-tied systems
  • Grid Interactive
  • Grid Fallback
  • Hybrid systems

Site assessment

  • Locating true south (lines of declination)
  • Shading issues
  • Panel orientation (altitude and azimuth)
  • Array mounting options and issues (Rooftop, Ground, Available Area)
  • Structural integrity
  • Stand off requirements
  • Loading issues
  • Inter row shading
  • Tracking systems
  • Building Integrated systems
  • Determining available sunlight
  • Use of a Solar Pathfinder
  • Solar window

Designing a PV system
  • Load requirements
  • Calculating electrical use
  • Load variations
  • Cycling loads
  • Phantom loads
  • Induction motors issues
  • Selecting a panel
  • Understanding panel specifications
  • Determining system inefficiencies
  • BOS inefficiencies
  • Wiring selection and voltage drop issues
  • Temperature adjustments
  • Estimating the size of the array
  • Calculating the number of panels given specifications and load requirements
  • Determine maximum voltage of system and adjust for temperature variations
  • Conduct string calculations
  • Determine compatibility to BOS components
  • Grounding, bonding and over-current issues
  • Circuits in PV systems and ampacity requirements for each circuit
  • Pricing the system as designed (current costs, incentives)
  • Connecting to the grid
  • Troubleshooting problems

Battery Systems

 

  • Types of batteries
  • Determining nominal voltage
  • Calculating Amp hour storage requirements
  • Depth of discharge
  • Temperature adjustments
  • Battery bank sizing calculations
  • How batteries are charged
  • Battery storage and maintenance issues
  • Equalization
  • Measuring state of charge
  • Battery safety issues

System Installation

  • Racking Systems
  • Loading Issues
  • Climbing Safety
  • Ground Mounted System
  • Conduit Installation and Fill Issues

Paperwork

  • Required Documentation/Application Package
  • Interconnect Agreements
  • Net Metering Agreements
  • Required Permits
  • Commissioning Forms
  • Installation Checklists
  • Operation and Maintenance Documentation

This course is conducted in affiliation with:

Date and Location:
(Select proper date from drop down menu)

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017 at Rural Action Offices, 9030 Hocking Hills Dr, The Plains, OH 45780

Early Registration Fee: $100 (includes course materials and lunch)

After May 15th, price increases to $125

This course is endorsed and co-sponsored by Rural Action and Upgrade Athens.

(*by registering, you agree to the terms outlined in the Waiver of Liability)

Registration is limited so register early.  This course is offered in partnership (as a fund raiser) with several not-for-profits.  The fee for this one-day course is $100 and includes lunch.  This course is eligible for a number of professional credentials.  A certificate of completion as well as a detailed agenda will be provided (these are typically required as proof of completion for professional development hours)  Contact us at 740-674-4300 for further details.

About the Instructor:

Jay Warmke is the author of a number of textbooks on renewable energy, including Green Technology: Principles and Practices (Marcraft),Solar Photovoltaic Installer Certification Guide (Marcraft),Wind Turbine Installer Certification Guide (Marcraft), When the Biomass Hits the Wind Turbine (BRS Media), Understanding Photovoltaics: A Study Guide for Solar Electric Certification Programs (BRS Media), and many more. Jay also served as National Chairman: SkillsUSA Sustainable Solutions Contest, Vice President: Green Energy Ohio, Chairman and Committee Member of the Electronic Technician's Association Renewable Energy Committee, as well as an ETA Board Member. He also teaches renewable energy at Zane State University, and the Train-the-Trainer program for Marcraft. Jay was also named the 2013 ETA Educator of the Year. He is also co-owner of Blue Rock Station, a 40-acre sustainable living center located in southeastern Ohio.

 

About the Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA® International)

Founded in 1978 by electronics technicians, ETA International is a not-for-profit 501(c) 6, worldwide association whose mission is to represent and support the technical professional. ETA aligns with international standards, vocational and education curriculums, and businesses’ resource initiatives through certification programs, conferences, speaking engagements, and book and journal publications.

ETA Membership:
ETA International members are professionals in all technical fields, including fiber optics, smarthome, renewable energy, customer service, biomedical, computer and computer networking, telecommunications, wireless communications, consumer electronics, video distribution, aviation, industrial electronics, radar, and satellite. Members range in occupation from college professors to beginner installers and technicians to company chairpersons. Learn more about ETA membership.

Our Certification Programs
Recognizing the need to verify that fellow electronics technicians had sufficient training in industry standards, including troubleshooting techniques, knowledge of test equipment, and installation procedures, ETA began providing third-party assessment through its own certification programs in 1978. Aligning with the ISO 17024 standards, and collaborating with education providers and industry professionals, ETA certifications test the knowledge and hands-on skills needed in today’s electronics industry. The organization currently has Stand-Alone Certifications and Journeyman Certifications for more than 80 certification programs in all electronics-related fields.

ETA tests and certifies thousands of technicians and industry specialists each year. The organization has its own Board of Directors, more than 600 subject matter experts serving on various certification advisory committees, a professional certification administration staff, training facilities, and more than 1,000 exam/certification administrators. ETA actively supports training and education through the development of study guides, technical monographs and seminars, as well as working with a large number of ETA-approved schools and courses.

This course prepares you to sit for the ETA Photovoltaic Installer (PVI) Level 1.  It is the first level of ETA's certifications designed to assess renewable energy professionals.  It is also a great first step for those seeking to enter the PV industry, and perhaps later prepare to sit for the NABCEP PV certification program.  More information available at http://eta-i.org.


Location : Rural Action Offices, 9030 Hocking Hills Dr, The Plains, OH 45780
Contact : Annie Warmke, 740-674-4300 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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