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Generating Electricity From the Sun
Thu, 23 March 2017, 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM MDT
A one-day workshop on grid-tie solar options for Alberta farmers and acreage owners.
It is becoming increasingly profitable for Alberta farmers to generate their own electricity and sell it to the grid, utilizing the renewable energy sources on available right on their property. Grid-tie eliminates the large cost associated with the batteries used to store solar energy. This one-day workshop will address this opportunity and cover solar electric system siting, installation, permitting process and economics.
WHERE: Woods Room, Foothills Centennial Centre, Okotoks, AB
WHEN: 9:30am - 3pm, March 23, 2017
COST: $30/members, $40/non-members, *LUNCH INCLUDED*
WHO: Anyone can attend. The workshop is geared towards farm and acreage owners.
- Understand how utility-intertie solar systems work
- Learn how to evaluate their site for equipment location and optimal productivity
- Understand the steps to a completed installation including interfacing with a contractor, permitting agencies and utilities.
- See examples of equipment
- Be introduced to case studies of successful farm-based solar systems including actual performance data.
- Examine the economic viability of a farm-based solar system
- Be provided with information on sources for equipment, installers and further resources
Rob Harlan is the Executive Director of the Solar Energy Society of Alberta. He has taught workshops and classes in solar technologies in both the United States and Canada including courses in solar energy at MacEwan University and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. Mr. Harlan has provided renewable energy policy consulting to the City of Edmonton and the province of Alberta. Mr. Harlan managed the 2013 Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues Solar and Energy Savings program, which installed solar PV systems on eight community league buildings. He served as the solar site assessor for the Alberta Agriculture’s Growing Forward Solar PV Equipment Pilot Program in 2012. In this capacity he visited over 50 Alberta farms to facilitate their process of going solar.
Mr. Harlan is not affiliated with any product or installation company. He has been a NABCEP certified Solar PV Installer, Electrical Contractor and General Building Contractor with twelve years experience designing and installing over 150 solar electric and solar hot water installations.
Solar Energy Society of Alberta
The Solar Energy Society of Alberta (www.solaralberta.ca) is a non-profit, educational organization, which serves as a resource for governments, educational institutions and the pubic at large. To this end SESA has partnered with MacEwan University, the University of Alberta, the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, the Telus World of Science, the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues, the Electrical Industry Training Centre, the Canadian Solar Industries Association, Alberta Agriculture, the City of Edmonton, and a number of Alberta elementary and high schools.
The Solar Energy Society of Alberta offers seminars, workshops, classes, exhibits and public demonstrations and provides a solar technology demonstration trailer for public events in the Northern Alberta area.
Foothills Forage & Grazing Association
The Foothills Forage & Grazing Association is a non-profit producer driven group that addresses issues, ideas, and innovations for forage and livestock producers in south central Alberta. FFGA strives to bring practical information and production strategies to producers by hosting demonstration projects, events and workshops, hands on days as well as networking with like-minded producers and sharing information through our monthly newsletter and social media.
To become a Foothills Forage Member go to http://www.foothillsforage.com/membership. For $30/year you will get the discounted price to this event as well as access to our network, other events and discounts, our monthly newsletter and more!