Renewable Energy Classes & Workshops

Interested in learning more about renewable energies? The Minnesota Renewable Energy Society (MRES) offers classes in solar hot water, PV design and installation, and small-scale wind design and installation. To be informed about these and other future renewable energy classes, please fill out our contact form and indicate which topics most interest you. We will send you information on the next available classes when they are scheduled.

Upcoming Classes & Workshops

Intro to Basic Solar Hot Water & Solar Air Heat

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Saturday, September 20th from 8:30am to 12:30pm

and

Saturday, September 27th from 8:30am to 12:30pm


$95.00 for members
$95.00 for non-members

Class Location
St Paul College
235 Marshall Ave
St. Paul, MN 55102

In joint cooperation, Saint Paul College and the Minnesota Renewable Energy Society are offering an introductory 8-hour course for homeowners and people interested in learning the basics of solar hot water and solar air heat for residential applications.This class will be distributed over two Saturdays, one week apart.

 

You will learn to evaluate solar site resources, when solar thermal is the right solution, the economics and incentives for solar thermal systems, and system design principles. In 2014 there will be new incentives offered for solar thermal systems that are produced in Minnesota. Rebates are 25% of installed costs, with a $2,500 maximum for residential systems, $5,000 maximum for multi-family residential systems, and $25,000 for commercial systems. Learn more about what this means for you in this class.


  Topics covered:

• evaluating the solar site resource

• economics and incentives

• system design principles

• system components

• system sizing

• solar thermal panels


Meet the Instructor: Ralph Jacobson is a 25-year veteran of solar system installations. He is a materials engineer and is NABCEP certified in both solar PV and solar thermal installation. Ralph is currently involved with developing a strategy for growing the solar industry in Minnesota and developing training programs for the building trades. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Solar Energy Industries Association and the owner of Innovative Power Systems.

 
Click here to Register for this class on the St Paul College website
 
 

Photovoltaics 101

Saturday, September 20, 2014

9:00am to 4:00pm


$100.00 for members
$100.00 for non-members

Class Location
Century College
3300 Century Avenue N.
White Bear Lake, MN 55110

In joint cooperation, Century College and the Minnesota Renewable Energy Society (MRES) have developed a new one-day introductory course for homeowners and people interested in learning the basics of how to design a solar photovoltaic (PV) system for residential applications.  The essentials of creating electricity from sunlight are covered.  You will learn to evaluate the solar site resources, when solar PV is the right solution, the economics and incentives for solar PV, and system design principles.  System components, system sizing, PV panels, inverters, grid connected vs. non-grid connected systems and electrical connections, will all be explored.  Whether you're a homeowners with an interest in solar and looking to learn more, or someone who may be interested in entering the solar field, this class will provide you with a good overview of what solar can do for you.

 

Instructor: Scott Randall


Please click here to Register on the Century College website