Mark your calendars!

Our 2013 Dealer Conference was a tremendous success and we look forward to an even bigger and better event in 2014. We are pleased to announce that the 2014 altE Dealer Conference will be held on February 11-12 at the Holiday Inn in Boxborough, MA.

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 years event will be held at the Holiday Inn in Boxborough, MA. The Holiday Inn in Boxborough is a convenient 45 minute drive from Boston and is located just 15 minutes from our Hudson, MA headquarters and warehouse. Manchester Airport, New Hampshire and TF Green Airport, Rhode Island are just an hour drive from Boxborough. For more information on the Holiday Inn Boxborough, please click here.

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 11 and 12, 2014. 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 11 - February 12, 2014

Registration: $199

The 2014 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 Holday Inn, Boxborough, MA. 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!

 

 

 

 

 


2014 Conference Sponsors

AET
Fronius
Magnum Energy
MidNite Solar
Outback Power
Primus Windpower
Schneider Electric
Solectria Renewables

 


2014 Exhibiting Vendors

Canadian Solar
Canadian Solar
Firefly Energy
Fronius
Genasun
IronRidge
Isofoton
Kyocera
Magnum Energy
Midnite Solar
MK Powered
Outback Power
Power One
Primus Windpower
Quick Mount PV Samlex America
Schneider Electric Shurflo SolarWorld Solectria Renewables
Stiebel Eltron      

The 2014 altE Installer Conference will be held February 11 and 12, 2014 at the Holiday Inn in Boxborough, MA.

For additional information about Holiday Inn Boxborough - click here

For Room Reservations Please Contact: Holiday Inn Boxborough, MA at 1-800-972-3381. Please mention the altE Installer Conference for discount rates.


Accommodations:

We have secured special pricing for selected rooms for the conference at the Holiday Inn Boxborough. Conference attendees are responsible for making their own lodging reservations directly with the Holdiay Inn at 1-800-972-3381. Please mention the altE Installer Conference for discount rates.

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The Rooms

  • From hotel guest rooms to two-room suites
  • Cable / Satellite TV
  • Suites have microwave and mini refrigerator
  • Free high-speed, wired internet access
  • WiFi available
  • Coffee & tea maker

 

 

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Amenities

  • Health and Fitness Center on-site
  • Indoor, heated pool in tropical garden court
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Lobby with fireside sitting area

 

 

 

 

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Fun Stuff To Do

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


Getting There

Boxborough, MA is located 45 minutes North West of Boston, MA. To get directions, please click here.

 


2014 Conference Sponsors

AET
Fronius
Magnum Energy
MidNite Solar
Outback Power
Primus Windpower
Schneider Electric
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
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
8:00 - 9:00
Registration
8:00 - 9:00 Coffee, Continental Breakfast, in Exhibit area
9:00 - 10:00
Canadian Solar: Why Canadian Solar Modules?
Schneider Electric: Latest Advancements in Off-Grid Technology Part I*
MK Battery: Selling Your Customer The Correct Battery*

10:00 - 10:15

Break in Exhibit Area
10:15- 11:15
Stiebel Eltron: Renewable Energy Hot Water Solutions
Schneider Electric: Latest Advancements in Off-Grid Technology Part II*
Ironridge: Solar Mounting Made Simple
11-15 - 11:30
Break in Exhibit Area
11:30 - 12:30
MidNite Solar: The Kid and Classic MPPT charge controllers*
Schneider Electric: Latest Advancements in Off-Grid Technology Condensed*
Isofoton: An American Module Manufacturer
12:30 - 1:30
Lunch in Exhibit Area
1:30- 2:30
Primus Windpower: The Hybrid Advantage - Combine Wind and Solar for an off-grid solution
Solectria: Commercial Inverter Training*
Firefly Energy: Energy Storage for High Efficiency & Long Life!
2:30 - 2:45 Break in Exhibit Area
2:45 - 3:45
Fronius 2 Hour Technical Training Part I*
Burndy: WEEBs - Bonding and Grounding made easy for Residential, Commercial and Utility Scale Solar*
Sales & Marketing: 50 Tips in 50 Minutes
3:45 - 4:00 Break in Exhibit Area
4:00 - 5:00
SolarWorld: The SolarWorld Standard
Magnum Energy Off Grid Product Overview*
Sales & Marketing: A Closed Loop Sales & Marketing process - a business model for guaranteed growth
5:00 - 5:30 Break
5:30 - 7:30 Reception in Exhibit Area
   
 
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
8:00 - 9:00
Registration
8:00 - 9:00
Coffee, Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Area
9:00 - 10:00
MK Battery: Selling Your Customer The Correct Battery*
Magnum Energy AC Coupling*
altE: Design considerations of grid tied systems

10:00 - 10:15

Break in Exhibit Area
10:15- 11:15
AET: Solar Thermal Feasibility
Solectria: Residential Inverter Training*

Primus Windpower: The Hybrid Advantage - Combine Wind and Solar for an off-grid solution

11-15 - 11:30
Break in Exhibit Area
11:30 - 12:30
Fronius 2 Hour Technical Training Part II*
MidNite Solar: Disconnecting Combiners and 2014 Rapid system Shutdown*
Power-One: Micro Inverter Training
12:30 - 1:30
Lunch in Exhibit Area
1:30- 2:30

Sales & Marketing: SEO - Search Engine Optimization Marketing and why its important

OutBack Power Training 1*
SHURflo: Pumping Your Business
2:30 - 2:45 Break in Exhibit Area
2:45 - 3:45

Sales & Marketing: PPC - Pay Per Click Advertising

OutBack Power Training 2*

Samlex America: Small Inverter Applications for Off Grid and Back-Up Applications. From Preppers to Power Outages.
3:45 - 4:00 Break in Exhibit Area
4:00 - 5:00

altE: Sizing an Off-grid Solar System

Quick Mount PV: Solar Roofing Best Practices*
Kyocera: Beyond price per watt: a Quality strategy
5:00 Conference Ends

 

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

 


2014 Conference Sponsors

AET
Fronius
Magnum Energy
MidNite Solar
Outback Power
Primus Windpower
Schneider Electric
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.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014


9:00 - 10:00

9:00 - 10:00 - Canadian Solar: Why Canadian Solar Modules?
We understand that in the world of solar energy there are many choices and many companies claiming to offer the "best" products. At Canadian Solar, we believe that "uncompromised quality, durability, performance and value" are not just words, but part of our identity.

9:00 - 10:00 - Schneider Electric: Latest Advancements in Off-Grid Technology Part I*
The Schneider Electric and Square D names have always been known for their innovative product features that not only save you time and money, but provide the most efficient, reliable solar system for your customers. Join us to learn how to size an off-grid system based on common customer variables (need to run a well pump? family of 5? etc). Then learn about incorporating system monitoring, the most advanced off-grid technology available in the market, and the types of reliability testing (like salt-fog testing) every product should pass.

9:00 - 10:00 - MK Battery: Selling Your Customer The Correct Battery*
This class is designed to provide you with an understanding of each battery technology and each product line. With the information provided, you will be able to selll your customer on the best battery for their application based on budget, performance, and customer expectations.


10:15- 11:15

10:15- 11:15 - Stiebel Eltron: Renewable Energy Hot Water Solutions
Presentation will include information on solar thermal systems and on air-to-water heat pump water heaters for domestic hot water or DHW plus heating. Heat pump water heater discussion will present information on offsetting the heat pump water electrical demand with grid-tie photovoltaic and also on running a heat pump water heater with off-grid PV.

10:15- 11:15 - Schneider Electric: Latest Advancements in Off-Grid Technology Part II*
The Schneider Electric and Square D names have always been known for their innovative product features that not only save you time and money, but provide the most efficient, reliable solar system for your customers. Join us to learn how to size an off-grid system based on common customer variables (need to run a well pump? family of 5? etc). Then learn about incorporating system monitoring, the most advanced off-grid technology available in the market, and the types of reliability testing (like salt-fog testing) every product should pass.

10:15- 11:15 - Ironridge: Solar Mounting Made Simple
Join IronRidge for an informative and complete look at mounting solar projects. This session will cover roof and ground applications as well as how to use IronRidge's state of the art online tools to design your arrays, and create your own bill of materials in minutes! In addition, learn about the new Integrated Grounding Mid Clamp - a first in the industry - plus their new FlashFoot flashing. These are a must for your jobs!


11:30 - 12:30

11:30 - 12:30 - MidNite Solar: The Kid and Classic MPPT charge controllers*
MidNite Solar will discuss our Classic MPPT charge controller with Web Access and Free Online monitoring. We will also discuss our new 30 amp MPPT controller we call the KID. The Kid is a very feature rich but affordable medium sized charge controller. FREE Kid Charge Controller Give-away!

11:30 - 12:30 - Schneider Electric: Latest Advancements in Off-Grid Technology Condensed*
Condensed version of previous Part I and Part II classes combined: The Schneider Electric and Square D names have always been known for their innovative product features that not only save you time and money, but provide the most efficient, reliable solar system for your customers. Join us to learn how to size an off-grid system based on common customer variables (need to run a well pump? family of 5? etc). Then learn about incorporating system monitoring, the most advanced off-grid technology available in the market, and the types of reliability testing (like salt-fog testing) every product should pass.

11:30 - 12:30 - Isofoton: An American Module Manufacturer
A review of who is Isofoton, our products and what we do in Ohio.


1:30- 2:30

1:30- 2:30 - Primus Windpower: The Hybrid Advantage - Combine Wind and Solar for an off-grid solution
Primus Wind Power present the AIR wind turbine line and explains why it is important to combine Wind and Solar in an off-grid, battery charging system. We will also cover the basics of Wind to include; turbine sitting, determining a wind resource, tower height considerations, wind turbine components and basic trouble shooting. To end the presentation, we will present a “plethora of pictures” of installations of the AIR wind turbine in the field over the past 20 years.

1:30- 2:30 - Solectria: Commercial Inverter Training*
This customized training includes installation details and various design considerations for commercial applications ranging from 50kW to multi-MW PV systems. Topics include: DC breakers/fuses/no inputs, DC/AC oversizing, string sizing, AC/DC connections, wiring needs, three-phase string vs. central inverters and temperature/voltage considerations. 1 NABCEP credit available.

1:30- 2:30 - Firefly Energy: Energy Storage for High Efficiency & Long Life!
Depending on how you manage your energy storage, battery round trip efficiency can vary from below 50% to over 90% while cycle life can plummet from thousands to hundreds. Like all energy storage technologies, Lead Acid Chemistry is fraught with interactions that need consideration to avoid selecting a System Design of excessive energy storage costs. Firefly offers a decade of lead-acid research into keeping your batteries in the "sweet zone" using Carbon Foam for making Plates. We will discuss means to keep system small, efficient, long lasting and customer friendly.


2:45 - 3:45

2:45 - 3:45 - Fronius 2 Hour Technical Training Part I*
Course outlines Fronius, as a company, along with its technologies. Students 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 arc fault protection (AFCI) functionality, HF Transformer attributes, theFronius MIX™ Technology, Fronius MPPT, Wi-Fi communications capabilities, and the Fronius Intelligent Ventilation Technology. Students will earn 2 NABCEB approved CEUs upon completion of 2 Part course.

2:45 - 3:45 - Burndy: WEEBs - Bonding and Grounding made easy for Residential, Commercial and Utility Scale Solar*
In this interactive presentation, you will learn how to properly bond and ground your solar PV array on a variety of mounting systems using the BURNDY LLC Wiley WEEB technology. Applications for residential, commercial and utility scale projects will be covered with best practices and where to easily install WEEBs and LUGs. In addition, wire management solutions will be presented for these long term applications.

2:45 - 3:45 - Sales & Marketing: 50 Tips in 50 Minutes
In this fast paced session, we'll share 50 Sales and Marketing tips in less than 50 minutes. This session is designed to share best practices, strategies,and innovative ideas to help grow your business. Learning and implementing just one new tip may easily pay for the entire conference - don't miss out!


4:00 - 5:00

4:00 - 5:00 - SolarWorld: The SolarWorld Standard

4:00 - 5:00 - Magnum Energy Off Grid Product Overview*
This power point session is a Magnum Energy product overview for off grid and battery based back up applications. The discussion will enhance the dealers/installers understanding of Magnum Energy's existing and new inverter/charger offerings, accessories and interconnection system equipment.

4:00 - 5:00 - Sales & Marketing: A Closed Loop Sales & Marketing process - a business model for guaranteed growth
Looking to expand or grow your business in 2014? A Closed Loop Sales & Marketing model isn't just for Fortune 500 companies. This session will cover a proven methodology and best practices that are guaranteed to improve your Sales and Marketing efforts - regardless of your size and sales volume.

 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014


9:00 - 10:00

9:00 - 10:00 - MK Battery: Selling Your Customer The Correct Battery*
This class is designed to provide you with an understanding of each battery technology and each product line. With the information provided, you will be able to selll your customer on the best battery for their application based on budget, performance, and customer expectations.

9:00 - 10:00 - Magnum Energy AC Coupling*
This power point session will detail how to add battery back up in new or existing grid tied applications to enable the use of the renewable energy sources during a utility interruption.

9:00 - 10:00 - altE: Design considerations of grid tied systems
Our altE Direct team will share Grid-tie system designs and when to use String Inverters, Micro Inverters, DC Optimizers, and Grid Tie with Battery Backup including AC Coupling.


10:15- 11:15

10:15- 11:15 - AET: Solar Thermal Feasibility
Commercial & Residential success in the solar thermal industry. Tips, strategies, and opportunities.

10:15- 11:15 - Solectria: Residential Inverter Training*
This customized training will review our newest line of residential products ranging from 3.8-7.6kW. Topics include: string sizing, benefits of using Solectria residential inverters vs. competition, data monitoring and how to use inverters in parallel. 1 NABCEP credit available.

10:15- 11:15 - Primus Windpower: The Hybrid Advantage - Combine Wind and Solar for an off-grid solution
Primus Wind Power present the AIR wind turbine line and explains why it is important to combine Wind and Solar in an off-grid, battery charging system. We will also cover the basics of Wind to include; turbine sitting, determining a wind resource, tower height considerations, wind turbine components and basic trouble shooting. To end the presentation, we will present a “plethora of pictures” of installations of the AIR wind turbine in the field over the past 20 years.


11:30 - 12:30

11:30 - 12:30 - Fronius 2 Hour Technical Training Part II*
Course outlines Fronius, as a company, along with its technologies. Students 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 arc fault protection (AFCI) functionality, HF Transformer attributes, theFronius MIX™ Technology, Fronius MPPT, Wi-Fi communications capabilities, and the Fronius Intelligent Ventilation Technology. Students will earn 2 NABCEB approved CEUs upon completion of 2 Part course.

11:30 - 12:30 - MidNite Solar: Disconnecting Combiners and 2014 Rapid system Shutdown*
MidNite Solar will discuss our line of Disconnecting Combiners. They all interface with our Rapid system shut down to make a 2014 code compliant installation. We will talk about the Code requirement change for 2014 and how we can help stay compliant with our Rapid System Shutdown system. FREE MNPV4HV Deluxe Disconnect/Combiner Box Give-away!

11:30 - 12:30 - Power-One Micro Inverter Training
Power-One, a member of the ABB group, is a global leader in PV inverter technology for residential, commercial and utility scale applications. The Power-One micro product line was launched in early ’13 and is used in residential and commercial applications for 60, 72 and 96 cell modules. Our micro inverter is available in either 250w or 300w building block sizes. Today’s training session will cover product benefits, product components, monitoring and installation.


1:30- 2:30

1:30- 2:30 - Sales & Marketing: SEO - Search Engine Optimization Marketing and Why It's Important
An overview of SEO and how it can effect your business in a positive way.

1:30- 2:30 - OutBack Power Training 1*
The objective of this training is to discuss how Outback's retrofit to a "Grid-Direct System" will add the benefits of a battery integrated solar solution. Using the OutBack Radian inverter with our new purpose built pre-wired load center, OutBack provides a simple yet powerful way to bring batteries and an optional generator to a site that already has solar installed. You will learn where to land your grid-tie inverter's field connections, and how to add an optional generator to the pre-wired load center.

1:30- 2:30 - SHURflo: Pumping Your Business
An interactive presentation to increase your knowledge and comfort level of Shurflo Pumps to improve your sales and profits in water transfer.


2:45 - 3:45

2:45 - 3:45 - Sales & Marketing: PPC - Pay Per Click Advertising
An overview of Google Adwords and understand the various options and how it can help grow your business.

2:45 - 3:45 - OutBack Power Training 2*
The objective of this training is to discuss the current technologies for batteries and applications for cycling and non-cycling applications. Flooded Lead, AGM, GEL, and Lithium will be covered. When do each of these technologies make sense for your application and customer? Sizing and applications to ensure a long life for batteries; "Batteries aren't typically used, they're murdered!"

2:45 - 3:45 - Samlex America: Small Inverter Applications for Off Grid and Back-Up Applications. From Preppers to Power Outages.
Alternative Energy inverter applications can be complex, high tech, integrated systems powering tens of thousands of watts however many commercial, agricultural and back-country applications rely on smaller inverters and a growing number of people are looking to inverters under 2,000W for back up applications. In this seminar, we review electronics from Samlex America designed specifically for this marketplace.


4:00 - 5:00

4:00 - 5:00 - 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.

4:00 - 5:00 - Quick Mount PV: Solar Roofing Best Practices*
Roof penetrations can be a tremendous potential liability for solar installers. Learn how to "respect the roof" by following roofing best practices when installing PV systems on all roof types. This technical training will guide solar professionals on how to follow code, maintain the roof warranty, and reduce installer liability.

4:00 - 5:00 - Kyocera: Beyond price per watt: a Quality strategy
The solar pv industry is facing a crisis in quality, driven by ever-lower price per watt expectations. To succeed, companies must differentiate their business with a commitment to quality, thereby gaining customer loyalty and goodwill. Quality products and services are competitive beyond a price per watt valuation. This presentation will explore the issues of industry commoditization, product quality and downward price pressures.


2014 Conference Sponsors

AET
Fronius
Magnum Energy
MidNite Solar
Outback Power
Primus Windpower
Schneider Electric
Solectria Renewables

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