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Solar Power Without Subsidies: 2017 Changes in Solar Design and Development

Presenter: John-Ross Cromer

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Manchester, NH

The Executive Court Banquet Center
1199 South Mammoth Road
Manchester, NH 03109
Phone: 603-626-4788

This seminar is closed or full.


Registration:                    8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:             8:30 - 11:30 am

Lunch (On your own):       11:30 am - 12:45 pm

Afternoon Session:           12:45 - 4:15 pm

Shifts, Trends and Updates to 2017 Solar Design

   Explore changes in utility solar policy across the country
   Analyze emerging solar products and new balance-of-system material
   Understand how aesthetic choices impact construction
   Review changes in 2017 National Electrical Code

What Owners Should Know Going into a Solar Project

   Respond to the owner’s frequently-asked questions
   Address infrequently-asked questions before heading into a project
   Explore how solar interacts with roofing membranes
   Understand the owner’s perspective on a variety of issues

Examining Residential and Small Commercial Price, Cost, and Selling Points

   Understand how material, labor and soft costs affect system cost
   Analyze system impact on property value
   Review non-economic value of solar
   Squeeze additional value out of a solar array

Developing Critical Solar Documentation and Communication Skills

   Explore solar design and permit documents
   Develop shade analysis using computer-assisted design
   Generate a National Electrical Code report
   Understand industry short-comings which impede communication
      with mainstream construction

Residential 7kW Ground-Mount Case Study

   Develop design philosophy and budget to optimize system value
   Compare industry pricing to actual budget items
   Understand how National Electrical Code impacts component selection
   Learn what to do yourself, what to contract out, and when to buy direct
      from manufacturers

Solar Battery Kung-Fu: On- and Off-Grid Design Philosophies

   Battery-based solar: a viable solution for solar-unfriendly markets
   Explore battery-based designs: off-grid, grid-assist, energy arbitrage
      and demand management
   Revisit design assumptions for off-grid living
   Learn fundamental components of battery-based solar systems

20kW Residential Off-Grid Case Study

   Understand project planning for off-grid living
   Calculate cost differences between on- and off-grid living
   Understand the nuances of choosing components for successful off-grid systems
   Achieve cost savings to maintain control over project budget

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors

     6.0 HSW Contact Hours
     6.0 AIA HSW Learning Units

Professional Engineers
     6.0 PDHs

     Non-Credit Continuing Ed.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers up to 6.0 HSW continuing education/contact hours to architects and 6.0 PDHs to professional engineers in all states. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in New Hampshire, Maine, or Massachusetts.

This seminar is approved by the American Institute of Architects for 6.0 HSW Learning Units (Sponsor No. J885).

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for architects in Florida and is deemed an approved sponsor in New York. HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), New York (NYSED Sponsor No. 35), North Carolina, and North Dakota.

This seminar offers a non-credit continuing education opportunity to construction contractors. It has not been approved by any state contractor licensing entity for continuing education purposes.

Attendance will be monitored and attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire event. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.


John-Ross Cromer

John-Ross Cromer is a master electrician with a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and he is a NABCEP-certified PV installer. Mr. Cromer is the author of Solar Power Design and Development: An Introduction to Rooftop Solar. He brings ten years of solar project experience including residential, commercial, and small utility-scale projects to his work, including an off-grid, residential-sized home.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $279.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $279.00
Group Prices
3 or more People: $259.00

Each registration includes one copy of a manual prepared by the seminar speakers.