Mark your calendars!

Our inaugural 2012 Installer Conference was a tremendous success and we look forward to an even bigger and better event in 2013.  We are pleased to announce that the 2013 altE Dealer Conference will be held on February 13-15 at the Waterville Valley Resort and Conference Center, in Waterville, NH.

The Conference will again feature industry-leading Vendors in an expanded exhibit area and over 30 hands-on training seminars and workshops - many of which will qualify for NABCEP continuing education credits.

This event will be held at the Waterville Valley Conference Center and Resort in Waterville Valley, NH. Waterville Valley Resort is a premier resort located in the White Mountain National Forest and offers world class recreation, shopping, dining and more - all within walking distance of the Conference Center. Located just two hours from Boston and a one hour drive from Manchester Airport, Waterville Valley Resort presents the perfect environment for an outstanding conference. For more information on the Waterville Valley Resort, please visit: www.waterville.com

With more Vendors and Exhibitors, more training sessions and more fun - we look forward to seeing you at the 2013 altE Dealer Conference!

 

 

Click on the links in the blue bar below for more information about the Conference.

altE is pleased to invite you to our annual Dealer Conference to be held February 13, 14 and 15, 2013. This event will provide you the ability to see new products, receive hands-on training and meet the solar and renewable energy industry's leading vendors and manufacturers.

Conference Dates: February 13 - February 15, 2013

Registration: $199

The 2013 altE Installer Conference provides installers an opportunity to see new products and talk directly with some of the industry's leading Vendors and Manufacturers in the Exhibit / Trade Show area. In addition, installers can attend numerous breakout sessions featuring detailed product demonstrations, classroom training and valuable information on how to grow your business.

The registration fee includes admission to the trade show and exhibit hall, all seminars and workshops, evening reception and all event breakfasts and lunches.

Conference Location: The Waterville Valley Resort, Waterville, NH. For more information, please click on the LOCATION tab in the blue bar above.


Exhibit & Trade Show Area

See the latest technology and products to help your business and stay ahead of your competitors in our Exhibit and Trade Show area. We have the industry leading Vendors and Manufacturers displaying the most current and cutting edge products available in the market today in our Exhibition area. Not only will you get the chance to see and learn about the latest products first hand, you'll have plenty of time to interact with the Vendors and Manufacturers directly during the exhibit hours.


Continuing Education & Training Sessions

With over 30 different breakout sessions, you'll find a wide variety of opportunities to see the latest products, learn new techniques and qualify for NABCEP Continuing Education credits. Attendees may choose the session they wish to attend with no pre-registration. With this many options you can easily select the sessions that best fit your areas of interest.



Business Development & Networking

We've specifically designed our agenda to provide ample opportunity to meet with Vendors and Manufacturers to learn about the latest products and get hands-on information to help grow your business. In addition, you'll have the opportunity to network with Installers across the country to share information and ideas regarding business best practices, marketing trends and other ways to increase and expand your profits!



Have Fun!

The Waterville Valley Resort is a premier resort located in the White Mountain National Forest and offers world class recreation, shopping, dining and more - all within walking distance of the Conference Center. All Conference attendees and guests staying in a Waterville Valley Resort lodge will receive a complimentary resort activity pass and in conjunction with the Waterville Valley Resort we're pleased to offer significant special discounts on resort activities for all guests and attendees including skiing, snowboarding, nordic skiing, snowshoeing, dog sled rides, sleigh rides and more. The Waterville Valley Resort provides a great opportunity to mix business and pleasure - we hope you can join us!


2013 Conference Sponsors

Solectria Renewables
Schneider Electric
Outback Power
Schneider Electric
Canadian Solar
SMA
Solectria Renewables
 

 


2013 Exhibiting Vendors

Canadian Solar
Fronius
iEnergy
IronRidge
Kyocera
Schneider Electric
Midnite Solar
MK Powered
Outback Power
Schneider Electric
SolarWorld
Solectria Renewables
SMA
Solectria Renewables
   

The 2013 altE Installer Conference will be held February 13, 14 and 15, 2012 at the Waterville Valley Conference Center and Resort in Waterville Valley, NH.  Waterville Valley Resort is a premier resort located in the White Mountain National Forest and offers world class recreation, shopping, dining and more - all within walking distance of the Conference Center. Located just two hours from Boston and a one hour drive from Manchester Airport, Waterville Valley Resort presents a great environment for an outstanding conference.  

For additional information about Waterville Valley Resort  - click here

For Room Reservations Please Contact: Waterville Valley Resort reservations group at 1-800-GO-Valley (468-2553) press 2 then press 1. Please mention the altE Installer Conference for discount rates.


Accommodations:

We have secured special pricing for selected rooms for the conference and the Waterville Valley Resort has additional lodging options to fit a variety of potential needs.  Conference attendees are responsible for making their own lodging reservations directly with the Waterville Valley Resort reservations group at 1-800-GO-Valley press 2, then press 1. Please mention the altE Installer Conference for discount rates.

The Valley Inn

two
  • From hotel rooms to 2 bedroom suites
  • Cable TV
  • Small refrigerators
  • Some rooms with kitchenettes or full kitchens
  • Game room
  • WiFi
  • Library

Best Western/Silver Fox

three
  • 32-room inn
  • Continental breakfast
  • Air conditioning
  • Lobby with fireside sitting area

Golden Eagle Lodge

one
  • One and two bedroom units
  • Sleeps up to 6
  • Full kitchen
  • Living/dining area
  • Indoor pool
  • Sauna
  • Jacuzzia
  • Fireplace in lobby
  • Game room

Fun Stuff To Do

The Waterville Valley Resort is the perfect location to mix a great learning and business environment with a host of fun and exciting activities for an unbelievable experience!

All Conference attendees and guests staying in a Waterville Valley Resort lodge will receive a complimentary resort activity pass for access to:

  • White Mountain Athletic Club - a full service athletic club featuring indoor and outdoor 25m swimming pools, cardio and weight rooms, indoor tennis, saunas, steam rooms & whirlpool spas, massage service, tanning, game room and more
  • Ice skating rink
  • Climbing wall at the Waterville Rec Center
  • Free resort shuttle.

Looking for more fun things to do?  In conjunction with the Waterville Valley Resort we're pleased to offer significant special discounts on resort activities for all guests and attendees:  

  • Skiing/Snowboarding
  • Nordic skiing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Sleigh ride
  • Dog sled rides

Reservations for these additional recreational activities can be made by call 1-888-467-5498 and mentioning the altE Installer Conference


Getting there

Waterville Valley is located in New Hampshire's White Mountain National Forest.

GPS Users

Double check the directions you receive. Avoid Sandwich Notch Rd. and/or Tripoli Rd. (via Lincoln, NH). These roads are closed and mostly non-accessable during winter months. Access the Resort via Route 49/Valley Rd., Waterville Valley, NH 03215. You will then take a left, following the Ski Area signage, onto Tripoli Rd. to access the mountain. If you have any questions, please call us at
1-800-GO-VALLEY.

 

Directions to Waterville Valley

Directions from Manchester, NH

70 miles, 1 1/4 hours. Take I-293 to I-93 N to Exit 28, then 11 miles via Rt. 49 to resort village.

Directions from Boston

130 miles, 2 hours. Take I-93 N to Exit 28, then 11 miles via Rt. 49 to resort village.

Providence, RI

160 miles, 2 1/2 hours. Take Rt. 1-95 to 128 to Rt. 3 to 1-93 N to Exit 28, then 11 miles via Rt. 49 to resort village.

New York, NY

325 miles, 6 hours. Take 1-95 to I-91 to I-84 to Mass. Turnpike to I-290 to I-495 to Rt. 3 N to I-93 N to Exit 28, then 11 miles via Rt. 49 to resort village.

Montreal, Toronto, and Ottawa

225 miles, 3 1/2 hours from Montreal. (525 miles, 8 hours from Toronto; 340 miles, 5 hours from Ottawa.) Take Rt. 10 to Rt. 55 to I-91 to I-93 S to Exit 28, then 11 miles via Rt. 49 to resort village.

Halifax

600 miles, 10 hours. Take Rt. 102 N to Rt. 104 W to Rt. 2 to Sussex. Then Rt. 1 to Calais, Rt. 9 W to Bangor and I-95 to Portland to Rt. 25 W to I-93 N to Exit 28, then 11 miles via Rt. 49 to resort village.

Public Transportation Options to Plymouth, NH and Waterville Valley

Concord Coach buses run daily from Boston, MA to Plymouth, NH, two hours north. Or you can choose to use Zipcar, a car sharing service also available in the Boston area. Plymouth, NH is 1/2 hour from Waterville Valley. From Plymouth to Waterville Valley, we suggest using Advanced Rent A Car. Contact information for all these services is listed below.

More Transportation Options

Boston Ski & Board
Coach transportation from Commonwealth Eastern Mountain Sports and Harvard Square to Waterville Valley

New England Action Sports
Coach transportation from South Station Bus Stop to Waterville Valley

Bob's Sea and Ski
Coach transportation from New Bedford to Waterville Valley


2013 Conference Sponsors

Solectria Renewables
Schneider Electric
Outback Power
Schneider Electric
 
SMA
Solectria Renewables  

Installer Conference Agenda

Full agenda will be published soon.

Seminars marked with an * count as one hour of NABCEP Continuing Education Credits.

Times
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 
12:00 - 2:00
Registration & Lunch in Exhibit Area
2:00 - 3:00

altE: Solar Space Heating in the North - A Case Study

*SMA: SMA Battery Backup Solutions with the Sunny Island Inverter - Part I

*OutBack Power: An in depth view of stacking OutBack multi-inverter systems and power save levels

3:00 - 3:15

Break in Exhibit Area
3:15 - 4:15

IronRidge: Solar Mounting Made Simple

*SMA: SMA Battery Backup Solutions with the Sunny Island Inverter - Part II
*SolarWorld: The SolarWorld Standard - Part I: An Introduction to American PV Manufacturing
4:15 - 4:30
Break in Exhibit Area
4:30 - 5:30

Fronius: Fronius 1 Hour Technical Overview

*SMA: SMA Battery Backup Solutions with the Sunny Island Inverter - Part III
altE: Sizing an Off-grid Solar System
5:30 - 7:30
Welcome Reception/Dinner in Exhibit Area
   
 
Thursday, February 14, 2013
8:00 - 9:30
Registration
8:00 - 9:30
Coffee, Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Area
9:30 - 10:30

*OutBack Power: Mate3 navigation and programming

Magnum Energy: Off Grid Products from Magnum Energy
Kyocera Solar: Beyond Price per Watt: Looking at value in PV

10:30 - 10:45

Break in Exhibit Area
10:45 - 11:45

SMA: SMA Residential PV Solutions

MK Battery

*Solectria Renewables: Commercial / Utility-Scale Inverters
12:00 - 1:30
Lunch in Exhibit Area
1:30 - 2:30

MidNite Solar: Midnite Solar's Disconnecting combiner boxes, Rapid shutdown system and birdhouse

Fronius: Fronius 1 Hour Technical Overview
iEnergy Microinverters: Mount > Connect > Monitor!
2:30 - 2:45
Break in Exhibit Area
2:45 - 3:45

*Schneider Electric: Keep Competitive in Off-Grid with Conext(TM)

*Quick Mount PV: Solar Roofing Best Practices - Residential Comp Shingle
Magnum Energy: Magnum Energy's inverters in AC Coupling Applications
3:45 - 4:00 Break in Exhibit Area
4:00 - 5:00

iEnergy Microinverters: Mount > Connect > Monitor!

Canadian Solar: Overview of new developments in Canadian Solar
*Solectria Renewables: Residential Inverters
5:00 Open Networking Night
   
 
Friday, February 15, 2013
8:00 - 9:30
Registration
8:00 - 9:30
Coffee, Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Area
9:30 - 10:30

Canadian Solar: Introducing Intelligrated(TM) Solar Solution- ResidentialAC System

*OutBack Power: A view of Inverter System choices as offered by OutBack
Fronius: Fronius 1 Hour Technical Overview

10:30 - 10:45

Break in Exhibit Area
10:45 - 11:45

*Schneider Electric: Conext(TM) TX's Grid-Tie Inverter Advantage

*Quick Mount PV: Solar Roofing Best Practices - Specialty Roofs
*SolarWorld: The SolarWorld Standard - Part II: Design & Installation Best Practices
12:00 - 1:00
Networking Lunch in Exhibit Area
1:00
Friday Fun Day* - Event Closes

 

Seminars marked with an * count as one hour of NABCEP Continuing Education Credits.

 


2013 Conference Sponsors

Solectria Renewables
Schneider Electric
Outback Power
Schneider Electric
 
SMA
Solectria Renewables  

Seminars

Full list of seminars and descriptions will be published soon.

Seminars marked with an * count as one hour of NABCEP Continuing Education Credits.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013


2:00 - 3:00 - altE: Solar Space Heating in the North - A Case Study
This session will be presented by altE's Amy Beaudet and will review the basics of space heating design based on Amy's own air heating and solar water heating installation.

2:00 - 3:00 - *SMA: SMA Battery Backup Solutions with the Sunny Island Inverter - Part I
Recent power outages have elevated public awareness of battery backup systems and their tremendous value. Attendees can learn how to leverage existing customers as well as develop new business by selling backup solutions from SMA. Customers with PV are already enjoying lower utility bills. Show them how to take the sound investment of PV to the next level by adding a dependable battery backup solution.

2:00 - 3:00 - *OutBack Power: An in depth view of stacking OutBack multi-inverter systems and power save levels
A discussion specifically covering the stacking and power-save options for the Radian and FX inverters. Tips on optimising efficiency and operation of multi inverter systems. Thoughts how to diagnose stacking and power save issues and the effects that varying load conditions can have on the choices.

3:15 - 4:15 - IronRidge: Solar Mounting Made Simple
Join IronRidge for an informative and complete look at racking solar projects. This workshop will cover roof and ground applications, including ballast systems. Learn how to use IronRidge's state of the art online tools to design your arrays, check actual engineering calculations and create your own bill of materials in minutes.

3:15 - 4:15 - *SMA: SMA Battery Backup Solutions with the Sunny Island Inverter - Part II
Recent power outages have elevated public awareness of battery backup systems and their tremendous value. Attendees can learn how to leverage existing customers as well as develop new business by selling backup solutions from SMA. Customers with PV are already enjoying lower utility bills. Show them how to take the sound investment of PV to the next level by adding a dependable battery backup solution.

3:15 - 4:15 - *SolarWorld: The SolarWorld Standard - Part I: An Introduction to American PV Manufacturing
ALL SOLAR IS NOT CREATED EQUAL. Our experience, knowledge and trusted partnerships have helped deliver renewable, reliable power to American homes and businesses for more than 35 years. Our difference comes through the quality of our product. In fact, we've built numerous quality steps into every stage of our product development and manufacturing. We call this proprietary quality process The SolarWorld Standard. This session will provide a behind the scenes look at how The SolarWorld Standard can provide reliability and help secure your customers' investments.

4:30 - 5:30 - Fronius: Fronius 1 Hour Technical Overview
Course outlines Fronius, as a company, along with its technologies. Audience will learn about the innovative Fronius string inverter line known throughout the world for its quality, in the residential, small and medium commercial space. Fronius innovations will be covered such as its HF Transformer attributes, theFronius MIX(TM) Technology, Fronius MPPT, and the Fronius Intelligent Ventilation Technology.

4:30 - 5:30 - *SMA: SMA Battery Backup Solutions with the Sunny Island Inverter - Part III
Recent power outages have elevated public awareness of battery backup systems and their tremendous value. Attendees can learn how to leverage existing customers as well as develop new business by selling backup solutions from SMA. Customers with PV are already enjoying lower utility bills. Show them how to take the sound investment of PV to the next level by adding a dependable battery backup solution.

4:30 - 5:30 - altE: Sizing an Off-grid Solar System
altE's Amy Beaudet will show how to size an off-grid solar system. This will include:
creating a loads list, sizing the PV array, sizing the charge controller; both PWM and MPPT, selecting an inverter and battery bank sizing.

Thursday, February 14, 2013


9:30 - 10:30 - *OutBack Power: Mate3 navigation and programming
A discussion covering the set up and operation of the Mate3 Programing Wizard. Tips on the Wizards parameters, proper set up and how and why to make adjustments to optimise a systems look feel and operaton.

9:30 - 10:30 - Magnum Energy: Off Grid Products from Magnum Energy
This session will focus on the entire RE product line offering, including accessories, for off grid applications.

9:30 - 10:30 - Kyocera Solar: Beyond Price per Watt: Looking at value in PV
A kWh is a commodity- the system that produces energy is not. We will discuss tangible factors, like warranty, bankability, efficiency, and tolerance as well as intangible factors, like service, professionalism and customer recommendations that influence PV system buyers. We'll also look at what motivates people to buy PV systems and how we can tailor our sales tactics around these motivators.

10:45 - 11:45 - SMA: SMA Residential PV Solutions
Explore the advantages of using SMA inverters in residential applications and start reaping more kilowatt hours! Learn about a variety of SMA grid-tied technologies, including an overview of the battery backup Sunny Island. In addition to current inverter solutions, attendees will experience a preview of SMA's new transformerless inverter with an industry-first, emergency power supply feature.

10:45 - 11:45 - MK Battery
MK Battery is the proud supplier of Deka Solar Batteries to the Renewable Energy industry. Deka Solar Photovoltaic Batteries, manufactured in the U.S.A. and deployed on all seven continents, exceed the highest quality standards of the alternative energy industry. The Deka Solar line includes sealed lead acid GEL and AGM batteries as well as select flooded products. For superior quality and environmentally conscious battery solutions, choose Deka Solar.

10:45 - 11:45 - *Solectria Renewables: Commercial/Utility-Scale Inverters
Come learn about the most flexible line of 3-phase inverters in the solar market including our exciting new 2013 product releases. We will review the market leading, highest efficient inverters: 50-100kW, SGI 225-500, and the SGI 500XT (external transformer inverter) in detail. If you don't already know, find out why Solectria's products are ranked highest in customer satisfaction and quality for ease of design installation and LCOE.

1:30 - 2:30 - MidNite Solar: Midnite Solar's Disconnecting combiner boxes, Rapid shutdown system and birdhouse
MidNite Solar has the Rapid Shutdown equipment for grid tie or off grid systems. With the new Birdhouse we can shut down the complete system and even disconnect the batteries with the push of a button.

1:30 - 2:30 - Fronius: Fronius 1 Hour Technical Overview
Course outlines Fronius, as a company, along with its technologies. Audience will learn about the innovative Fronius string inverter line known throughout the world for its quality, in the residential, small and medium commercial space. Fronius innovations will be covered such as its HF Transformer attributes, theFronius MIX(TM) Technology, Fronius MPPT, and the Fronius Intelligent Ventilation Technology.

1:30 - 2:30 - iEnergy Microinverters: Mount > Connect > Monitor!
i-Energy looks forward to demonstrating our true "Plug & Power" 230W AC out i-Microinverter. Requiring only 3 components for a complete system, i-Energy's incredibly simple installation process saves time, adds value and maximizes PV system energy harvest. Please attend i-Energy's product demonstration and learn how our Mount > Connect > Monitor solution creates satisfied customers, and happy installers.

2:45 - 3:45 - *Schneider Electric: Keep Competitive in Off-Grid with Conext(TM)
Hear how the Conext XW inverter/charger is flexible in a wide range of residential and small commercial applications including grid-tie, off-grid and backup power. Learn about the MPPT 80 600 solar charge controller's simple and powerful design. Discover how easy the system is to install and how its integrated design saves you time and money. New! Brief introduction for the new Conext SW inverter.

2:45 - 3:45 - *Quick Mount PV: Solar Roofing Best Practices - Residential Comp Shingle
Make sure you are following code, not voiding the roof warranty, and reducing your installer liability on composition shingle roofs. The class addresses proper mounting and flashing methods including Quick Mount PV's Classic Comp Mount and QBase Comp Mount.

2:45 - 3:45 - Magnum Energy: Magnum Energy's inverters in AC Coupling Applications
This session will address how to add battery backup power to an existing grid tied system and continue to use the RE source during a grid interruption.

4:00 - 5:00 - iEnergy Microinverters: Mount > Connect > Monitor!
i-Energy looks forward to demonstrating our true "Plug & Power" 230W AC out i-Microinverter. Requiring only 3 components for a complete system, i-Energy's incredibly simple installation process saves time, adds value and maximizes PV system energy harvest. Please attend i-Energy's product demonstration and learn how our Mount > Connect > Monitor solution creates satisfied customers, and happy installers.

4:00 - 5:00 - Canadian Solar: Overview of new developments in Canadian Solar
Founded in 2001, Canadian Solar (NASDAQ: CSIQ) is one of the world's largest and foremost solar energy companies. With our ever-expanding portfolio, we are closer to providing our customers with a true one-stop turnkey product, offering integrated design, fast installation and lower system cost. As a global leading innovator, Canadian Solar has found innovative ways to contribute to this goal. Strategically expanding the product portfolio with products that can make a difference in the market.

4:00 - 5:00 - *Solectria Renewables: Residential Inverters
Come learn about our single-phase residential and small commercial inverters. These inverter products range from 1.8-7kW that may be used in any single phase installation. They are light weight and easy to install and ranked highest in customer satisfaction and ease of use.

Friday, February 15, 2013


9:30 - 10:30 - Canadian Solar: Introducing Intelligrated(TM) Solar Solution- ResidentialAC System
Canadian Solar is proud to introduce the first ResidentialAC solar system that offers install and power harvesting advantages for many of today's typical residential roof top. Canadian Solar's new Intelligrated(TM) power family of products combines the "intelligence" of panel electronics and the "integration" of specially designed modules and inverters to deliver the state-of-the-art solar products that maximizes your solar system performance, in addition to safe, secure, easy and cost effective installation.
Course Contents: Introduction of ResidentialAC
a. Overview
b. Technology
c. Features & Benefits
d. Applications
e. Installation
f. Operation, Maintenance and Warranty
g. Q & A

9:30 - 10:30 - *OutBack Power: A view of Inverter System choices as offered by OutBack
A complete view of the various Outback inverter systems from single inverter systems to 10 stacks. How to make choices for customers current needs while keeping future expansion in mind.

9:30 - 10:30 - Fronius: Fronius 1 Hour Technical Overview
Course outlines Fronius, as a company, along with its technologies. Audience will learn about the innovative Fronius string inverter line known throughout the world for its quality, in the residential, small and medium commercial space. Fronius innovations will be covered such as its HF Transformer attributes, theFronius MIX(TM) Technology, Fronius MPPT, and the Fronius Intelligent Ventilation Technology.

10:45 - 11:45 - *Schneider Electric: Conext(TM) TX's Grid-Tie Inverter Advantage
Discover how easy installation can be with the Conext TX series and how its compact high-frequency design save you time and money. The Conext TX can be installed as a single inverter for a single PV array, or in a multiple inverter configuration for large PV systems or three-phase applications.

10:45 - 11:45 - *Quick Mount PV: Solar Roofing Best Practices - Specialty Roofs
Learn how to install solar on less common roof types like shake, slate and metal shingle. Many installers avoid these roofs fearing unknown challenges. This means less competition for jobs on these quality, durable roof types for the installer with the right products and the know-how to install them. We'll also take a look at how to sell quality products against bargain priced products.

10:45 - 11:45 - *SolarWorld: The SolarWorld Standard - Part II: Design & Installation Best Practices
Maximizing PV system performance: The key to maximizing actual system performance lies in the details. Data sheets, certain module ratings, and design tools leave a lot of uncertainty and don't necessarily reflect real world performance. This session will look at what it takes for PV systems to perform in the field, rather than on data sheets. SolarWorld modules installed over 30 years ago are still in the field outpacing expectations - we want to make sure your next system does the same.


2013 Conference Sponsors

Solectria Renewables
Schneider Electric
Outback Power
Schneider Electric
 
SMA
Solectria Renewables  

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