Hands-on solar workshop comes to Oregon

The Illinois Renewable Energy Association is offering a Hands-on Photovoltaic (PV) class for persons interested in adding solar electricity options to their home or business.

After an introduction to a typical roof-mounted PV system the instructor will provide an overview of solar equipment and discuss the differences between “string” central inverters and micro inverters. Grid-tied and battery-based systems will also be discussed.


Designing a code compliant solar system will be discussed as well along with the latest in state and federal subsidies.

After lunch, class members will assemble a real one-kilowatt grid-tied PV system on site.

Two teams will rotate between laying out the solar panels and making the wiring connections between them and wiring the remaining components, including the inverter, charge controller and breaker switches.

After both teams have experienced connecting each portion of the  solar assembly, the unit will be voltage tested and wired so it will  be ready to connect to the house breaker box.

The solar system will then be disassembled by the group.

The how-to PV event will be held at 1230 E. Honey Creek Rd., Oregon, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15. The instructor is an experienced designer and installer of solar electric systems. Both advanced and beginners are welcome.

The cost for the workshop is $20 for IREA members and $40 for non-members which also includes a membership. There will be an additional $5-per-person charge for a light lunch.

The maximum enrollment for this class is 16. Advanced registration and payment are essential. The deadline for enrolling is October 10. Cancellations will be reimbursed minus a $5 fee for processing.

To enroll send name, email, telephone no., address and check to: Illinois Renewable Energy Association, 1230 E. Honey Creek Road, Oregon, Illinois, 61061.

For more information, email sonia.vogl@gmail.com.


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