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Hands-on PV workshop at IREA Headquarters

A Hands-on Photovoltaic (solar electricity) class will be offered at 1230 E. Honey Creek Rd., Oregon, from 10 A.M. – 3 P.M. on Saturday, May 21. The instructor is an experienced designer and installer of solar electric systems. Both advanced and beginners are welcome.

The class will include an introduction to a typical roof mounted PV system, grid tied and battery based systems, designing a code compliant solar system, and subsidies.

The hands-on section will allow class members to assemble a real one kilowatt grid tied PV system on site. This will include laying out the solar panels, making the wiring connections between them and wiring the inverter, charge controller and breaker switches. After 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 system will then be disassembled.

The cost for the workshop is $20 for Illinois Renewable Energy Association members and $40.00 for non-members, which will include membership. For those who want lunch, there will be an additional $5/person charge.

The maximum enrollment for this class is 16. Advanced registration and payment are essential. The deadline is May 16. 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

Sonia Vogl
1230 E. Honey Creek Rd.
Oregon, IL  61061



Date:  May 21, 2016
Time: 10:00 A.M. -  3:00 P.M.
Instructor: Dave Merrill, from SunAir Systems, experienced designer and installer of solar electric systems.
Workshop Location:  1230 E. Honey Creek Rd., Oregon, IL










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