Has your business been considering solar electric systems? Join us to learn the basics of solar integration. After discussing solar specific definitions and terminology, you will be taken through a simple series of steps to understand how solar can work for you. Chris Collins will explain utility involvement with three different net metering policies. Discover how to determine how much solar can fit on a given roof and how to factor in shade. Chris will provide a basic comparison between facility usage with and without improved energy efficiency measures and solar production. To conclude the webinar, Chris will present three existing installations - from small to large. This will demonstrate how roof space, facility consumption, energy conservation and system size affect and help optimize system parameters.
Who should watch?
Commercial and industrial facility managers, sustainability managers, solar developers and contractors, electrical engineers, energy project managers, energy engineers, building contractors, property developers and owners. Anyone interested in commercial and industrial sited solar electric systems.
As a result of this webinar, you will be able to:
Describe different utility approaches to solar net metering.
Recognize PV system sizing factors.
Compare solar production projections with actual results.
Explain how energy efficiency measures can affect percent of load offset by PV production.
Terms and definitions
Net metering, kilowatt (kW) size – AC and DC
kW to kilowatt hour (kWh) ratio
Net metering policy differences and similarities
Roof space and shading obstacles
Electrical consumption and utility rates
How they relate to solar production estimates (PV watts)
What to expect during installation and after project is completed
Solar electric system case studies
Closing comments with questions and answers
In order to receive credit for viewing this webinar, you'll need to pass a short quiz. A link to the quiz will be provided in your registration confirmation email. Separate registration is required for each individual requiring continuing education credit.
All credits have different expiration dates, so it is to your advantage to take the quiz as soon as possible.
AIA Members of the American Institute of Architects will receive 1.5 LUs for this instructor-led distance education course.
BOC This course offers up to 1.5 points for BOC certified operators.
BOMI This course is approved for 1.5 continuing professional development points toward renewal of the professional designations offered by BOMI International.
WI-DSPS Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services has approved this course for 1.5 CEUs for the following credentials: Commercial Building Inspector Certification, Commercial Electrical Inspector Certification, Journeyman Electrician License, Master Electrician License, UDC-Construction Inspector Certification, UDC-Electrical Inspector Certification. Note that you may not retake the same course for credit more than once during the 1-, 2- or 4-year term of your specific credential.
This webinar will not be pre-approved for GBCI credits; however, if you believe the content is applicable to your credential, you can self-report credits.
This webinar is currently being reviewed by additional continuing education accreditation organizations. Please check back for up-to-date information.
Regional Project Developer
Chris Collins has worked in the solar industry in Wisconsin since 2005. He is currently a Regional Project Developer for SunVest Solar. As a Project Developer, he works with customers to determine the optimal PV system for their needs. Previously, Chris presented an annual PV seminar at a UW Extension symposium for Electrical Engineers from across the United States. Since 2005 he has been part of over 600 renewable energy projects for residential, commercial, industrial, educational and non-profit customers. Chris has lived in Madison for over 20 years and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison.