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Introduction to Installing PV Systems


Electrical, Siting, Structural Considerations and Safety,
Start-Up, Permitting and Paperwork

Offering 7 CEUs for Architects, Engineers, Electricians
North American Board of Certified Energy Providers Approved

Saturday, January 23 2010
MDC North Campus

8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. (lunch break of one hour)
7 hours - $150

Instructor and Coordinator -Roger Messenger, PhD, PE
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This is a 7-hour course that introduces the process of PV system installation and focuses, in minute detail, on how to install a PV system that someone else has designed. It includes understanding the electrical design, siting and structural considerations, safety considerations, system commissioning and programming as well as permitting and paperwork. It is intended for electrical and solar contractors as well as for electrical and structural inspectors and plan reviewers.

Roger Messenger is Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida.  He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and is a Registered Professional Engineer and a Certified Electrical Contractor, who enjoys working on a field installation as much as he enjoys teaching a class or working on the design of a system or contemplating the theory of operation of a system.  His research work has ranged from electrical noise in gas discharge tubes to deep impurities in silicon to energy conservation.  He worked on the development and promulgation of the original Code for Energy Efficiency in Building Construction in Florida and has conducted extensive field studies of energy consumption and conservation in buildings and swimming pools.   He and Jerry Ventre have published Photovoltaic Systems Engineering (CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL) and the 2nd Edition of this engineering textbook (2004).  He has also contributed chapters on Photovoltaics (PV) to 4 handbooks and has designed and supervised the installation of 4 utility interactive PV systems with battery backup. 

He has developed and taught a senior elective course on PV Power Systems yearly since 1997.  Recently he has been actively involved with the Florida Solar Energy Center in the development of courses, exams and study guides for voluntary certification of PV installers worldwide and has been a consultant on battery backup grid-connected PV systems to Sun Electronics, Miami, FL.

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