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October 12, 2006
Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Ave, Downtown Miami - Room 1261

Presented by:
Earth Ethics Institute at Miami Dade College
Architecture Club – AIA Miami
USGBC South Florida Chapter

Sponsored by Vergona/Bowersox Electric and Sun Electronics


5:00p.m.  Light Reception Sponsored by Sun Electronics

5:30 p.m.   Understanding Solar
Dr. Roger Messenger, PhD, PE
Dr. Messenger illustrates the basics of solar energy systems by explaining the required and optional components and how they apply to various sized-systems.  He will also focus on the equally important components of economics and environmental impact. 

Roger Messenger


6:30 p.m.   Systems Design
Dr. Roger Messenger, PhD, PE and Dan Morris
Dr. Messenger, with Vergona/Bowersox Electric and Dan Morris, with Sun Electronics will illustrate three systems: a $2000 minimal system for emergency back-up, a $10,000 expandable grid-connected system, and a $30,000+ system that not only supplies the building’s energy needs, but supplies FPL the excess.  They will discuss costs, available incentives, design and installation time, and space requirements for each system type.

7:30 p.m.   Codes and Legislation
Panel discussion
This panel will answer moderated and audience questions pertaining to current legislation, code requirements, federal and state incentive programs, and the role of organizations like the Florida Solar Energy Center. 

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. 

During his 37 years at Florida Atlantic University, he has worked his way through the academic ranks and has also served in administrative posts for 11 years, including Department Chair, Associate Dean and Director of the FAU Center for Energy Conservation.  He has received three university-wide awards for teaching as well as the FAU Alumni Association Degree of Difference Award and the FAU President’s Leadership Award.  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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