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Registration Deadline for Solar Design and Installation Workshop Friday, June 29th!

Nebraska Extension in partnership with Dixon Power Systems

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This workshop is open to the public.

Instructors:  John Hay, Department of Biosystems Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Jon Dixon, Dixon Power Systems
Cost: $450 for the week
Deadline: Registration and payment due by Friday, June 29th
Workshop Dates: July 9th – July 13th

WORKSHOP CONTENT

  • Introduction to Solar PV electronics and components
  • Basics of electricity, measuring, tools and safety
  • Solar siting – where to locate the panels, sun angles
  • Capabilities and limitations of solar PV
  • Electrical codes, state and federal policy, tax credits and economics
  • Building a rack
  • Attaching inverters and other components
  • Grounding and other wiring
  • Wire management and final appearance
  • Working with your utility and electrical inspector to complete grid interconnection

Photo: Previous workshop participants and their DIY solar array.

Solar Design and Installation Hands-On Workshop

University of Nebraska Extension in partnership with Dixon Power Systems

September 28 – October 2, 2015 – 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Workshop Location: Dixon Power Systems, 3250 N. 20th, Suite #1, Lincoln
Work Site Location: One Mile North of Sprague, Nebraska
Open to the public. Cost: $450 for the week.
Deadline: Registration and payment due by Friday, September 18th
Space is limited so register early.

Pictured is a 24-module solar array similar to the one participants will be completing installation of as part of this workshop.

Pictured is a 24-module solar array similar to the one participants will be completing installation of as part of this workshop.

Instructors
John Hay, Department of Biosystems Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Jon Dixon – Dixon Power Systems in Lincoln

Days 1-3 will be a mix of classroom teaching and shop and fieldwork
Days 3-5 will be at the worksite where the group will install the residential solar array.

Workshop Outline

  • Introduction to Solar PV electronics and components
  • Basics of electricity, measuring, tools and safety
  • Solar siting – where to locate the panels, sun angles
  • Capabilities and limitations of solar PV
  • Electrical codes, state and federal policy, tax credits and economics
  • Building a rack
  • Attaching inverters and other components
  • Grounding and other wiring
  • Solar modules
  • Wire management and final appearance
  • Working with your utility and electrical inspector to complete grid interconnection

Who Should Attend:

  • People interested in hands-on experience with solar PV design and installation.
  • Those who want to experience the design and installation of a residential 6.24 kW solar PV array (estimated production 9,100 kWh per year).
  • People interested in learning more about residential applications for sustainable energy.

To register, contact: Amber Patterson | apatterson6@unl.edu | (402) 472-1646 or
F. John Hay | jhay2@unl.edu | (402) 472-0408

Thank you notes from Nebraskans for Solar

First of all thank you to John Atkeison, Energy Policy JohnAtkeison
Director for the Nebraska Wildlife Federation and Co-Director of Clean Energy Nebraska, for his well-presented and well-received public forum on May 14th at the Community Engagement Center on the topic of “Renewable Energy Development in Nebraska.” His discussion generated numerous questions from the audience. We appreciate your leadership and your outstanding work, John, in renewable energy advocacy and education.

Thank you and congratulations to Creighton University Erin Cheesegraduate Erin Cheese, who served on Nebraskans for Solar’s Board of Directors for one-and-a-half years. At Creighton she was a double major in Energy Science and Applied Physical Analysis, working on material science research in the physics department. Collaborating with other Creighton students, she co-founded the Creighton Energy Science Club, with the objective of developing campus and community outreach projects with Nebraskans for Solar and other organizations. Erin was recently accepted as a Junior Fellow with the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Fellowship Program in Washington, D.C. We will miss her, and we wish her all the best.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to Nebraskans for Solar OG Logo
during Omaha Gives! Your donations will have a “double impact,” as an anonymous donor has matched each gift. Nebraskans for Solar is a completely volunteer organization, so 100% of all gifts will be put to work on our community outreach projects.

Thank you to Fuse Coworking and Lincoln Artist Jamie Burmeister FuseCoworkingSharedesk.net
for hosting today’s panel presentation in Lincoln from 4 to 6 p.m. @ Fuse Coworking, 800 P Street. The panelists are:

  • Robby Bearman, Senior Operations Manager for Uber, the ride-sharing service that has been gaining traction over the past few years.
  • Scott Benson: Manager, Resource & Transmission Planning, Lincoln Electric System.
  • Jon Dixon is a mentor of UNL Engineers Without Borders: World Energy Project, and he is a board member of Nebraskans for Solar.
  • Jamie Burmeister is the artist behind that LUV U LUV: Message Matters exhibition where he signaled a message in morse code with lights over the Haymarket. His small, life-like figures are currently in every nook and cranny at FUSE.

As always, there will be plenty of networking, cold beer, and fancy wine! See you there!

FUSE Coworking is located at 800 P Street in Lincoln, on the 3rd Floor above the Dock – the loading area on the West side of The Mill Coffee Shop.

For additional details, please visit: www.facebook.com/NebraskansForSolar 

Thank you to Ken Johnson, who is Vice President of Communications at the Solar Energy Industries Association and who is on NFS’ ListServe, for his information about SEIA’s new video, “Solar Energy in the United States: A Decade of Record Growth.” It’s just 4 minutes long & fun to watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFMkL2QIduY

Finally, thank you everyone for all you are doing to advance solar energy in our state!

Nebraskans for Solar