Day 1 – Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Solar

7:00–8:15

The Form and Function of Solar Energy in Cold Climates
Jason Edens, Rural Renewable Alliance (RREAL)
Harborside 203

Solar energy is a cost-effective and appropriate technology that can dramatically augment the performance of residential and commercial buildings. However, as a site-specific technology, there are significant design-build considerations, particularly in cold climates, to ensure proper form and function. This session will cover the suite of appropriate solar technologies and their deployment for long-term energy and economic benefit. We also will discuss assessing sites and the process of identifying the most appropriate technology. Finally, we will cover current utility and state incentives, economics, and other costs and benefits of various solar energy applications.

8:30–10:00

Renewable Energy Systems and the National Electrical Code (NEC)—2017 Update Part 1 of 2
Christopher LaForge, Great Northern Solar
Harborside 203

The changes in the NEC for renewable energy and energy storage systems are extensive in the 2017 update of the code. These changes will affect PV and other renewable energy systems design and require significant adjustments to how we approach systems. This session will review the changes and present options for making designs compliant with the new code. Understanding these changes will be vital for all contractors and designers in the renewable energy and energy storage field.

10:30–12:00

Renewable Energy Systems and the National Electrical Code (NEC)—2017 Update Part 2 of 2
Christopher LaForge, Great Northern Solar
Harborside 203

The changes in the NEC for renewable energy and energy storage systems are extensive in the 2017 update of the code. These changes will affect PV and other renewable energy systems design and require significant adjustments to how we approach systems. This session will review the changes and present options for making designs compliant with the new code. Understanding these changes will be vital for all contractors and designers in the renewable energy and energy storage field.

1:00–2:30

Incorporating Solar into Residential New Construction
Jack Kluempke, Minnesota Department of Commerce
Harborside 203

This session will focus on the highlights and benefits of solar energy in new construction from the home buyer’s perspective. We will also highlight the value proposition for the builders and cover the key factors related to incorporating solar in new home construction. Future homeowners are starting to ask for more; they want their new dream home to be more energy efficient and they are seeking energy independence. Homeowners want to incorporate the latest and greatest technologies available and solar panels are among the new features homeowners are asking for. How can a home builder capitalize on this trend?

3:00–4:30

Solar Electric Energy Storage—Hartley Nature Center Project—A Case Study
Christopher LaForge, Great Northern Solar
Harborside 203

Energy storage has been the holy grail of renewable energy for decades. With the advent of many new players in the field bringing energy storage into systems, the ability to retrofit existing systems has now become a reality. This session will review the current state of the technology and available equipment. Chris will share the process used at the Hartley Nature Center to rehabilitate its system and introduce storage to the system to create a resilient community shelter site.

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Jason Edens

Jason Edens is the founder and Executive Director of the Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL), a nonprofit organization dedicated to making solar energy accessible to all income levels. Jason is a licensed building contractor, a NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) certified Solar Installer and has a Master’s of Science in Environmental Policy. Jason currently lives in a solar powered home in northern Minnesota with his wife and a small pack of dogs.

The Form and Function of Solar in Cold Climates
February 21, 2017 7:00‐8:15 a.m.

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Christopher LaForge

Christopher is an IREC Certified Master Trainer and is a NABCEP Certified Photovoltaic Installation Professional Emeritus (ID# 041704-24). He has run Great Northern Solar for 30 years. Great Northern Solar has designed, specified, sold and deployed systems since 1988 for both the grid-connected and off-grid markets.

He has worked to develop documents regarding “Establishing Training in Solar Business Development and Sales” and “Best Practices for Designing a PV Lab” as a member of the IREC Subject Matter Expert Team.

He has been an instructor with the Midwest Renewable Energy Institute since 1993 Teaching Advanced Photovoltaic (PV) design and installation.

Christopher has developed training for contractors, administrators, project managers and the public. Clients have included the City of Minneapolis - Minnesota, Hennepin and St. Louis County in Minnesota, the Madison Area Technical College and several other colleges. He has trained many electrical contractors and solar instructors in the greater Midwest and beyond.

In September, the Interstate Renewable Energy Council recognized Great Northern Solar CEO Christopher LaForge as the 2016 IREC Certified Clean Energy Instructor/Master Trainer of the Year.

Renewable Energy Systems and the National Electrical Code (NEC)—2017 Update Part 1 of 2
February 21, 2017 8:30‐10:00 a.m.

Renewable Energy Systems and the National Electrical Code (NEC)—2017 Update Part 2 of 2
February 21, 2017 10:30 a.m.‐12:00 p.m.

The Internet of Things (IOT)—The Nexus of Technologies in the Home and Business
February 21, 2017 1:00‐2:30 p.m.

Solar Electric and Eenergy Storage—Hartley Nature Center Project—A Case Study
February 21, 2017 3:00‐4:30 p.m.

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Jack Kluempke

Jack Kluempke was the Solar Sales and Development Coordinator for Array Solar, a division of Elk River Winlectric, where he specialized in Photovoltaic (PV) System Design and product procurement. He is also a NABCEP Emeritus in PV Technical Sales, an MREA-Certified Site Assessor in both PV and Solar Thermal technology, and an MRES instructor. Jack brings 10+ years of construction and project management and sales experience to his current role at the Department of Commerce. He holds a degree in Finance from St. John’s University, a degree in Energy Technology from St. Cloud Technical and Community College, and is a graduate of the Solar PV Design and Technical Sales program at Saint Paul College. He is also an active member of ASES, MREA, MRES, and MnSEIA, serving on a number of committees to promote renewable energy and energy conservation. Jack lives in St. Cloud with his wife Kim and four children.

Incorporating Solar into Residential New Construction
February 21, 2017 1:00‐2:30 p.m.