Join altE for 6th Annual Installer’s Conference, NEC Training and Beer: Feb 7-9, 2017

Installer and Dealer Solar Conference Plus NEC Training

Our two day conference for Solar Installers plus a 3rd day (February 9th) of NEC training with solar electric code expert John Wiles is soon upon us. February 7th & 8th will feature over 20 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.

The 2017 altE Installer & Dealer 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 and classroom training.

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: Boxboro Regency (formerly Holiday Inn), Boxborough, MA.

Exhibit & Trade Show Area

Solar conference at altE 2017See 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.

Manufacturers include: 

Outback Power, Schneider Electric, Fronius, Aquion Energy, Midnite Solar, Pika Energy, IronRidge, EcoFasten Solar, Phocos, BlueSky Energy, Magnum Energy, MK Battery, Morningstar Corporation, MT Solar, Panasonic, S-5!, SimpliPhi Energy, SolarWorld, Trojan Battery, Solar-Log, Stiebel Eltron. Wow! That’s one heck of a list!

Continuing Education & Training Sessions

solar installers at workshopWith 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.

Take a look at the workshop agenda to see the details on our wide variety of training sessions. They include off-grid and grid-tied solar technologies.


Business Development & Networking

Opportunities for solar installers to networkWe’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!

New this year, Key Note Speaker – Jim Rogers!

When: Feb 7th (1st Day) 8:30 – 9:00 AM
Jim currently represents IAEI on NEC code making panel (CMP) 4 and serves on multiple UL standards technical panels (STP) including 1703 and 1741. He is also the electrical inspector for the Town of Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard, and owns Bay State Inspectional Agency – a private inspection and forensic investigation company. As well, Jim is on the Massachusetts Electrical Code Advisory Committee and formerly was the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Board of State Examiners of Electricians. And he’s currently involved with IREC in a program designed to train enforcement officials on the inspection of PV systems.

Free Beer Tasting with local SOLAR POWERED BREWERY

truewestPost reception beer tasting from local, Solar Powered brewery, Brew True West, sponsored by Trojan Battery. February 7th (Day 1) from 7:30 – 9:30 PM.

DAY of NEC Code Training with John Wiles for 6 Hours of NABCEP CE!


Day 3 of the event – February 9th – will qualify for 6 additional hours of NABCEP Continuing Education credits! Learn important updates for NEC 2017! Just $99 with a Conference Registration ($179 on it’s own).

This year we are excited to announce an extra, optional day of NEC training with John Wiles! This training will take place on Thursday, February 9th, 2017 from 8 AM to 5 PM at the Boxboro Regency (formerly Holiday Inn) in Boxborough, MA and will be a 7-8 hour training dedicated to code updates provided by John Wiles. Training on the 9th will qualify for 6 hours of NABCEP CE credits.


Retired in April 2013 as a Senior Research Engineer at the Southwest Technology Development Institute at New Mexico State University. Currently, he works part time there as 25% employee and continues to assist the PV industry, electrical contractors, electrical inspectors, and purchasing agencies in understanding the PV requirements of the National Electrical Code (NEC).He is an active member on six UL Standards Technical Panels. John served as Secretary for the PV Industry Forum involved with Article 690 of the NEC. Over 30 submissions were accepted for the 2011 NEC and 55 proposals were submitted for the 2014 Code. He drafted the text for Article 690 in the 2005 NEC Handbook and 2008 NEC Handbook.Fieldwork involves balance of systems design for PV systems, inspections and acceptance testing of PV systems, test and evaluation of PV components, and the design and installation of data acquisition systems.

He bought his first codebook in 1960 and installed his first PV system in 1984. He lived in an off-grid, PV/wind-powered home (permitted and inspected, of course) with his wife Patti, two dogs, and a cat for more than 16 years. His retirement home currently has a 8.5 kW utility-interactive PV system will full-house battery backup and now has three dogs and two cats. He writes the “Perspectives on PV” series of articles for the International Association of Electrical Inspectors in their IAEI News magazine and has published an IAEI book on PV and the NEC for inspectors and plan reviewers.He has a Master of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering.


  • The 7-8 hour, one-day session will cover the 2011, 2014 and 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC) requirements for designing and installing PV systems.
  • A basic knowledge of the NEC is required since Code basics will not be addressed.
  • Conductor selection, ampacity calculations and overcurrent devices and disconnects will be covered.
  • How to do it correctly and what not to do.
  • 2014 NEC requirements in major areas related to PV systems will be addressed.
  • 2017 NEC requirements upcoming will be discussed.
  • Electricians, electrical inspectors and PV installers should attend.
  • PV installers will receive 6 hours of NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) continuing education credits for the course.

Interested in joining us? Register here, we look forward to seeing you.

About Author

Amy Beaudet
Amy Beaudet was in the solar industry at the altE Store from 2007 until her untimely passing in 2021. She was a sales rep, instructor, and an all-around solar evangelist, sharing her passion for solar around the world. When whe wasn't at work, she enjoyed sailing and skiing - but odds were good she was still talking about solar on the boat or on the slopes. See more of Amy Beaudet's blog posts.


  1. Matt Meiresonne

    Hey Amy,

    How did the conference go?

    Would love to hear more about it!

    1. Amy Beaudet (Post author)

      Thanks for asking. The conference was a terrific success, despite the snow we had coming down outside. We are editing some interviews we videoed during the show, we’ll get those out soon.


    Dear Amy,

    I came across your youtube videos on sizing up controller battery charger and loving it. This led me to your website and learned of the new deep cycle lithium battery.

    Today I put up four 255 W solar panels on my 22 foot RV trailer but I see the price of solar panels you offer for a lot less than these four solar panels which I recently bought for a dollar per watt.

    Thank you for giving me an opportunity to expand my knowledge in Solar renewable energy.

    Highest Regards,
    Berston George

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