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  • September 14-17, 2015
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Workshops

Maximize your time learning and networking in Anaheim by adding a workshop to your registration!

Workshops take place pre-conference on Monday, September 14 and post-conference on Thursday, September 17 and allow you the opportunity to earn NABCEP credits and dig deeper into the content of your choice. Workshop prices vary (see individual descriptions below) and must be purchased in addition to your event registration. Continental breakfast will be provided for workshops that start at 8:00 am on Monday, and a coffee break will be provided for all workshops.

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*Note: Registration for the SEPA Solar Integration Workshop is handled through a separate registration system.
Please see the workshop description below for details and a link to register for that particular workshop.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Time Session Title
8:00 am – 4:30 pm NABCEP Prep
Presented by Solar Energy International (SEI) 
Getting ready to take the NABCEP PV Installation Professional Certification exam and need a refresher or perhaps a last-minute cram session? We can’t – and won’t – tell you what is on the test, but we can give you a day chock-full of current 2014 NEC references, design guidelines, and safety concerns that address the topics included in the NABCEP PV Installer Job Task Analysis. Join two SEI veteran instructors – and longtime NABCEP PV Installation Professionals – and get ready to be part of this elite group! (Note: we cannot guarantee you’ll pass; that is up to you!)

  • Target Audience: PV Installers, System Designers, Electricians, Engineers, but most especially anyone soon to be taking the NABCEP PV Installation Professional Certification exam
  • Credits: NABCEP Advanced Educational Hours for the Certification Exam (6)
  • Price: $350 SEIA/SEPA Member/$400 Non-Member
8:00 am – 4:30 pm Fundamentos técnicos de Diseño e Instalación de Sistemas FV Interconectados
Presented by Solar Energy International (SEI) 
Este entrenamiento técnico de un día es una introducción amplia pero exhaustiva a los componentes, el análisis de sitio, el diseño y dimensionamiento, la instalación, seguridad y puesta en marcha de sistemas fotovoltaicos (FV) interconectados a la red de servicios. Se ahondará en las especificaciones y el rendimiento de módulos FV e inversores, incluyendo qué buscar cuando se diseña un sistema FV. El curso y todo su contenido son preparados por veteranos en la industria, y se presentará completamente en Español. Este entrenamiento está diseñado para dueños de empresas, instaladores, personal de ventas e ingenieros hispano-parlantes en busca de ampliar sus conocimientos técnicos para comprender los fundamentos de diseño e instalación de sistemas FV en cumplimiento con el Código Eléctrico de EE.UU.

  • Contenido: Componentes, Análisis de Sitio y Recurso Solar, Módulos FV, Inversores, Dimensionamiento, Seguridad y Puesta en Marcha
  • Credits: NABCEP Advanced Educational Hours for the Certification Exam (6)
  • Price: $350 SEIA/SEPA Member/$400 Non-Member
8:00 am – 4:30 pm PV System Operations and Maintenance
Presented by Solar Energy International (SEI) 
O&M is one of the fastest growing segments of the PV industry, and for good reasons: preventive maintenance is much less expensive than reactive maintenance; it helps maximize system uptime and availability; it is essential to maintain equipment warranties; and potential problems are nipped in the bud. Whether a system owner or maintenance technician, in this course you will learn how to insure predictable ROI, PV system longevity, and peak productivity.

  • Topics:
    • Preventative maintenance methods, tools, and techniques
    • Common reactive maintenance issues
    • Troubleshooting procedures for ground faults
    • Remote data analysis
    • Best practices and system design strategies
  • Target Audience: Integrators, Installers, System Designers, Maintenance Technicians, PV System Developers, and Project Owners
  • Credits: NABCEP Advanced Educational Hours for the Certification Exam (6); NABCEP CE Hours (6) (Task Analysis: 6)]
  • Price: $350 SEIA/SEPA Member/$400 Non-Member
8:00 am – 4:30 pm Economics of PV: Making the Financial Case for Commercial & Residential PV
Presented by Andy Black, Chief Executive Officer, OnGrid Solar; and Michael Bishop, Chief Operating Officer, OnGrid Solar 
This rigorous interactive workshop is designed to help dealers, installers, and salespeople understand and make the most accurate and compelling financial case possible for the value of PV systems. The class is focused on commercial & residential system tax rules, incentives, performance and utility tariff rate schedules. Examples will cover many states. The student will learn the variables that go into the economic analysis, including:

  • Tiered, time-of-use (TOU), net metering, and demand charge electric rates and rate choices
  • System performance factors including shading, tilt and orientation, and their effects on TOU performance
  • Incentives including FITs, PBIs, SRECs, rebates, federal and state tax credits, depreciation, and how to maximize incentive benefits for your customer

The student will then learn to calculate the real monthly and annual savings that can be expected from the PV system and the real net cost, after incentives. The student will then learn how to calculate and make a strong economic selling case with thorough economic analysis using:

  • Return on Investment (ROI)
  • Internal Rate of Return (IRR), MIRR, and NPV
  • Increase in Appraisal Resale Value
  • Simple Payback & Total Lifecycle Payback

Their drawbacks will also be analyzed. An overview of tools available for solar financial analysis will be presented. The presentation will be interactive, using the OnGrid Tool for examples during and at the end of the day. This is NOT a training session or sales pitch for the OnGrid Tool.

  • View slides from similar past classes
  • Credits: NABCEP CE Hours (7)
  • Price: $350 SEIA/SEPA Member/$400 Non-Member
8:00 am – 4:30 pm Advanced PV and the NEC
Presented by Bill Brooks, Principal, Brooks Engineering; and Sean White, Professor and IREC Certified Master Trainer, Diablo Valley College & White House Solar 
Presented by Bill Brooks, Brooks Engineering and Sean White, Diablo Valley College and White House Solar, this workshop will discuss NEC PV topics from the 2014 NEC, relate to the 2011 NEC and give insight of what may be in the 2017 NEC. Bill and Sean are entertaining speakers with thousands of hours of PV teaching experience. This 8-hour workshop is intended for electricians, contractors, engineers, inspectors, and people preparing to take exams or design code compliant PV systems. This class qualifies for 8-hours of NABCEP continuing education credit. Bill is on the 2017 NEC Code Making Panel and is the main person behind the changes in article 690 Photovoltaic Systems. Sean teaches advanced PV classes full time around the world. If you have seen Sean and Bill speak before at other conferences, every workshop is different and will cover and give insight into different material.

  • Credits: NABCEP CE Hours (8)
  • Price: $350 SEIA/SEPA Member/$400 Non-Member
8:00 am – 4:30 pm Solar Heating and Cooling Symposium
Presented by the Solar Heating and Cooling Alliance 
Join us for the two-day Solar Heating & Cooling Symposium taking place on Monday, September 14 at 8:00 am – 4:30 pm and Tuesday, September 15 at 9:00 am to 2:30 pm. Featuring an innovative session covering the full range of SHC issues, including business innovations and growth prospects; strategic opportunities and alliances; technology and financing advances; policy insights; and working with utilities. Monday’s program will conclude with the SHC Alliance Meeting. Symposium attendees will have access to the SPI Expo Hall on Tuesday.)

  • Price: 
    • Free for Full Conference, Exhibitor Full Conference, and Student attendees
    • $200 SEIA/SEPA Member (all other registration types)
    • $250 Non-member (all other registration types)
8:00 am – 4:30 pm SEPA Solar Integration Workshop: Turning Solar Into A Utility-Friendly Resource
Presented by Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) 
This new one-day workshop brings utilities, technology vendors and researchers together to explore the effective integration of solar power into the electric grid. Registration for this workshop is separate from SPI registration.Issues addressed will include:

  • How to increase the ‘visibility’ of solar as a grid resource
  • Managing solar variability on the distribution system on a real-time basis
  • How solar is changing utility distribution planning
  • Anticipating solar in day-ahead markets
  • Integrating solar at the customer premise
  • Enhancing the value of solar with energy storage and smart inverters

The program will be interactive, and speakers will draw upon results of solar integration technology demonstrations, pilots, and commercial deployments.

  • Target Audience: Utility executives and managers who need to understand how solar integration affects their operations and businesses; staff engaged in distribution engineering, demand side management , power marketing, customer service, operations, resource and strategic planning.
    Companies providing hardware and software solutions for the smart grid, technical project managers, software engineers, product managers and developers.
  • Price: 
    • $295 SEIA/SEPA Member & SPI Attendee
    • $595 Non-Member & SPI Attendee
    • $425 SEIA/SEPA Member & Workshop Only
    • $725 Non-Member & Workshop Only

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8:00 am – 12:00 pm PV Standards for Climate-specific Lifetime Assessment – Can We Define a Path to Get There?
Presented by National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) 
The way a PV module fails may depend not only on its design and the materials used in its construction, but also on the weather it experiences, the way it is mounted, and the quality control during its manufacture. Given the long time frames involved and the practical issue that the module design is updated on a time scale much less than the desired lifetime of the product, it could seem almost impossible to write a standard for how to define the expected lifetime. In this workshop we will propose a possible path to a standard for PV module service life predictions and ask feedback from the community on this.

  • Price: $25
1:00 pm – 4:30 pm Quantifying Confidence in PV Systems and Modules – How Close Are We to Doing This in a Low-cost Way?
Presented by National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) 
Consistent quality control during design, manufacturing, installation, and operation gives confidence that the final PV plant will operate safely and reliably, but how can a customer or investor be confident of this without 24/7 surveillance of the entire project? IEC and IECRE have been developing a comprehensive set of standards for being able to assess each step of the process. Standardization can often lead to increased confidence and reduced costs. This workshop will describe the status of completion of these standards, hear feedback on the early adoption of these, and provide an opportunity to discuss the community’s suggestions and questions.

  • Price: $25

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Time Session Title
10:00 am – 5:00 pm Residential PV Finance
Presented by Stephen Knudsen, Certificate Program Coordinator,
Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA)
 
This workshop is for installers, salespeople, and other PV professionals who seek a strong understanding of residential PV system financing fundamentals. Participants learn how to determine the costs and benefits of PV system projects by using the MREA PV Finance Model spreadsheet to evaluate PV financing examples, focusing on utility bill savings, cash flow, years to cost recovery, financing options, and available program incentives. Participants also learn how to determine residential energy use and model PV system performance using NREL’s PV Watts™. Participants will also review PV system cost trends, net metering, utility tariffs, and various federal, state, and utility programs and incentives that may be available to help finance PV systems, as well as standard financial concepts used to evaluate PV systems including cash flow analysis, return on investment, and present value of an investment. Participants also learn to evaluate residential PV systems in terms of their benefit to the environment. The workshop also includes a brief discussion of MREA’s PV Design and Sales Certificate Program, which is designed to prepare participants interested in earning NABCEP PV Technical Sales Certification. Participants who complete the workshop will receive a complimentary copy of the MREA PV Finance Model.

  • Credits: NABCEP CE Hours (6)
  • Price: $350 SEIA/SEPA Member/$400 Non-Member
10:00 am – 5:00 pm Introduction to PV Financing with Loans, Leases, & PPAs
Presented by Andy Black, Chief Executive Officer, OnGrid Solar 
This rigorous interactive workshop is designed to help residential & commercial systems integrators (dealers, installers, and salespeople) understand the basics of solar system finance, including conventional lending, PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) Financing, and 3rd party financing of PV systems using PPAs and Leases. It will help the solar professional make the financial case for PV systems on a cash-flow basis. A comparison of types of financing (cash, loan, PACE, lease, PPA) will show when to use each and for which types of customers, what are the pros & cons (costs and benefits) of each. The student will learn who are the parties to the transaction and what their role is, the types of each transaction (2 common PPA internal structures and 4 common lease types) and how they are used. They will also learn how to reduce risk when applying leases & PPAs to residential scenarios. This class includes:

  • PPAs: Understanding the basics, subtleties, complexities, risks, and opportunities
  • Leases: Understanding the major types, how and when they are used
  • How “complicated” leases & PPAs can be applied to residential scenarios
  • PACE Financing: structure and example programs
  • Conventional Financing
  • Financing complications, risks, and the potential of regulation
  • A comparison of types of financing: when to use each, what are the pros & cons of each
  • A short list of financing, legal, tax, and accounting providers who specialize in solar

Materials to be provided to attendees include copies of the PPT slides as a handout for note taking.

  • View slides from similar past classes
  • Credits: NABCEP CE Hours (6)
  • Price: $350 SEIA/SEPA Member/$400 Non-Member
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm AC Coupled PV Systems and Microgrids
Presented by Solar Energy International (SEI) 
There may be some disagreement regarding the exact definition, but there is no denying that PV systems can – and do – play a key role in energizing microgrids. This course will explore the concepts of AC coupling PV systems and integrating them into microgrids. Beginning with the theory behind AC coupled PV systems and their applications, topics will include advantages and disadvantages of this system topology, various design strategies, and critical considerations for integration, including with other power sources such as the utility grid.

  • Target Audience: Integrators, Installers, System Designers, Manufacturer Representatives, Electricians, and Engineers
  • Credits: NABCEP Advanced Educational Hours for the Certification Exam (3); NABCEP CE Hours (3) (Task Analysis: 3)
  • Price: $200 SEIA/SEPA Member/$250 Non-Member
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Commercial PV and Solar Farm Design Considerations
Presented by Solar Energy International (SEI) 
This course is a wide-ranging yet detailed presentation on considerations for grid-connected PV systems from 100 kW to utility-scale, focusing on ground- and roof-mounted PV arrays. You will learn about pre-project planning; system design and optimization; inverter, module, and transformer selection; best practices for optimal long-term performance; and quality and cost considerations from instructors with years of experience on all types and sizes of PV systems.

  • Target Audience: PV System Integrators, Designers, Engineers, Experienced Installers, Field Service Technicians, Developers, and Owner’s Representatives
  • Credits: NABCEP Advanced Educational Hours for the Certification Exam (3); NABCEP CE Hours ( 3) (NEC: 1; Task Analysis: 2)
  • Price: $200 SEIA/SEPA Member/$250 Non-Member
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Inspecting PV Systems
Presented by Julie Brazeau, Instructor Development Coordinator,
Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA)
 
This four hour course reviews current (2014) National Electrical Code requirements for PV equipment and PV system installations, paying particular attention to Articles 690 and 705. It covers equipment listing requirements, PV circuit calculations, wiring methods, grounding, over-current protection, system labeling requirements and common code violations. Electrical contractors, PV installers and inspectors will learn about 2014 NEC requirements and best practices for installing PV systems, as well as free online resources. This course will satisfy four hours of NABCEP’s “code relevant” continuing education requirement.

  • Target Audience: PV System Integrators, Designers, Engineers, Experienced Installers, Field Service Technicians, Developers, and Owner’s Representatives
  • Credits: NABCEP CE Hours (4)
  • Price: $200 SEIA/SEPA Member/$250 Non-Member

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