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This workshop is designed for architects, engineers, homeowners or anyone who works with or is thinking of installing a PV system and would like to understand the very basics needed to get started. We will discuss the economics, technology options, system options and configurations, site specific issues, and the tools required to make this happen. We will demonstrate a working system and give participants the opportunity to work with some of the tools (such as a solar pathfinder, a pyrometer and multimeter) needed when designing and installing a solar electric system.


  1. Analyze the current economics of the PV industry, and accurately estimate the cost of various systems based on the size of the system
  2. Identify the various PV system configurations and be able to verbalize the advantages and disadvantages of each.
  3. Configure a basic PV system, identifying each component, its function and how it interacts with the balance of the system.
  4. Conduct a site survey, using the tools of the trade to identify obstacles, site-specific issues, and factors that will impact the suitability of a specific location.  
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Central Ohio Chapter
Columbus, OH
United States

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