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2020 Solar Installer Conference

altE 9th Annual Solar Conference

Mark your calendars and don't miss the largest Solar Conference for Installers & Dealers in the Northeast!

The 2020 altE Solar Conference will be held on February 24-26, at the Devens Common Center in Devens, MA.

This annual conference continues to grow each year and will once 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 Devens Common Center in Devens, MA. The Devens Common Center is a convenient 45 minute drive from Boston and is located just 15 minutes from our Boxborough, MA headquarters and warehouse. Manchester Airport, New Hampshire and TF Green Airport, Rhode Island are just an hour drive from Devens. For more information on the Devens Common Center, please click here.

With more Vendors and Exhibitors, more training sessions and more fun - we look forward to seeing you at the 2020 altE Installer Conference!

 

 

Click on the links in the blue bar below.  Agenda and Seminar information will be added in as we get closer to the show dates of the Conference.

altE is pleased to invite you to our 9th annual Solar Conference to be held February 24, 25 and 26, 2020. 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.

 

Registration:
Main Conference Dates:
Tuesday and Wednesday, February 25 -26, 2020.
Just $249 for the 2-DAY show ($199 Special Early Bird Pricing until 12/31/19)

Advanced Track NEC Training with Sean White:
The day before the Main Conference event -  Monday, February 24, 2020.
Just $249 for Sean's NEC class ($199 Special Early Bird Pricing until 12/31/19)

Beginners Track for Installers New to Solar:
Also, the day before the Main Conference event -  Monday, February 24, 2020. Just $179 for the Intro Solar Class.  ($129 Special Early Bird Pricing until 12/31/19)

The 2020 altE Solar 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, participants will receive valuable training in their breakout sessions and dedicated training sessions featuring product demonstrations and classroom training.

Conference Location: Devens Common Center, Devens, 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 - Installers

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 - Installers

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!

 

 

 

 

Beginners Track:
For Installers New To Solar

Back by popular demand, we will have a Beginners Track for Installers new to Solar, presented by altE - Intro to Solar Grid Tie and Battery Backup. Just getting your business started up? Have new employees who need to be trained in the basics of solar power? This is the workshop for you. Learn valuable principles about the components in grid tie solar systems, off-grid solar, and grid tied solar with battery backup. We learn how to calculate the size of the system equipment needed for all 3 types of solar systems. We cover some NEC requirements to ensure a code compliant installation. There will also be complete pre-wired systems to view, mounting options for roofs, and much more!


Topics Covered:

Solar System Types
Electricity Basics
Solar Panels
Grid tied Array sizing
Grid Tied Inverters
Breaker sizing (NEC 702.12)
Panel Mounts and Flashing
Batteries
Bank sizing for off-grid
Off grid solar array sizing
Charge Controllers
Off Grid and Hybrid Inverters
Adding Batteries to Grid-tied
OverCurrent Protection
Breakers and Wire Sizing

Note: this class is not IREC accredited and will not earn NABCEP credits.

 

 

 

Advanced Track:
2017/2020 National Electric Code Training

We are pleased to also bring back the extra day of 2017/2020 National Electric Code update training! This training will be a 6-hour training day dedicated to code updates - and will qualify for 6 hours of NABCEP CE credits.  Taught again by Sean White!

Sean White is a highly experienced PV educator with thousands of hours teaching entry level, intermediate and advanced PV classes at solar training centers primarily throughout North America. Many hundreds of his students are employed at both startup and leading solar companies. Sean also designs commercial and residential PV systems in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has many years of practical work experience at Fidelity Roof and Local Power in California.

Some of the places Sean has experience teaching PV include California, New Jersey, Ontario Canada, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Arizona, Michigan, Florida, Costa Rica & China.

Sean is a NABCEP certified in PV Installer, holds the NABCEP Technical Sales Certification, a licensed C46 Solar Contractor in California and a California Licensed Electrician. Sean’s approach appeals to both beginners and solar experts looking to expand their knowledge. Student evaluations demonstrate that Sean’s knowledge, passion, and pedagogy are outstanding. Keeping students excited, awake and informed is the trilogy of Sean’s learning theory. Sean is excited about an industry that doubles every year, while improving the quality of life for all and will make sure to share that excitement. He finds great satisfaction in sharing his knowledge of PV with his students.

Sean White has worked on and is actively consulting on many PV projects throughout the world.

 

 

 

 

 


2020 Gold Sponsor

Schneider Electric


2020 Silver Sponsors

OutBack Power
Crown Battery
Blue Sky Energy
Q Cells
Midnite Solar
Genasun
Sol-Ark SimpliPhi Power
Trojan Battery



 







Victron Energy

 

2020 Exhibitors

MT Solar
Morningstar Corporation
SMA
Xantrex
Magnum Energy
IronRidge
Idenergy S-5!




 

Featured Media Partners

altenergymag.com 

 

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Event Location:

The 2020 altE Solar Conference will be held February 24, 25 and 26, 2019 at the Devens Common Center in Devens, MA.

Devens Common Center
31 Andrews Parkway
Devens, MA 01434


For additional information about the Devens Common Center - click here


Room Reservations:

We have secured special pricing for selected rooms for the conference at two local hotels at the Conference Center. Conference attendees are responsible for making their own lodging reservations directly with the hotel.

For Room Reservations, please contact either the Hilton Garden Inn or SpringHill Suites by Marriott located conveniently at the Devens Common Center. **Please mention "Alternative Energy" for discount rates.  Click on hotel links below to book special pricing online.

59 Andrews Parkway, Devens, MA
1-978-772-0600 or 1-888-370-0984

 

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SpringHill Suites by Marriott
27 Andrews Parkway, Devens, MA
1-978-772-3030 or 1-844-845-2263

 


Hilton Garden Inn:

We have secured special pricing for selected rooms for the conference at the Hilton Garden Inn. Conference attendees are responsible for making their own lodging reservations directly with the Hilton Garden Inn at 1 (978) 772-0600 or 1-888-370-0984.  **Please mention "Alternative Energy" for discount rates.

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The Rooms

  • From hotel guest rooms to suites
  • HI-Def TVs with premium channels
  • Microwave and mini refrigerator
  • Free high-speed, wired and wireless WiFi internet access
  • Coffee & tea maker

 

 

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Amenities

  • Pool & Fitness Room
  • Business Center
  • Daily housekeeping

 

 

 

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SpringHill Suites by Marriot:

We have secured special pricing for selected rooms for the conference at the SpringHill Suites by Marriott. Conference attendees are responsible for making their own lodging reservations directly with the SpringHill Suites by Marriott at 1 (978) 772-3030 or 1-844-845-2263. **Please mention "Alternative Energy" for discount rates.

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The Rooms

  • 1 Bedroom Suites
  • Premium TV and movie channels
  • Microwave and mini refrigerator
  • Sofa Beds
  • Free WiFi internet access
  • Coffee & tea maker

 

 

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Amenities

  • Indoor Pool & Fitness Room
  • Business Center
  • Daily housekeeping

 

 

 

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Fun Stuff To Do

The Devens Common Center 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

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

 


2020 Gold Sponsor

Schneider Electric


2020 Silver Sponsors

OutBack Power
Crown Battery
Blue Sky Energy
Q Cells
Midnite Solar
Genasun
Sol-Ark SimpliPhi Power Trojan Battery  






Victron Energy

 

2020 Exhibitors

MT Solar
Morningstar Corporation
SMA
Xantrex
Magnum Energy
IronRidge
Idenergy S-5!




 

Featured Media Partners

altenergymag.com

 

 

Conference Agenda

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

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Monday, February 24, 2020
     
  ADVANCED Track- Experienced Installers BEGINNERS Track - Installers new to Solar
   
9:30 - 10:00
Registration
9:30 - 10:00
Coffee, Continental Breakfast
10:00 - 12:30 *** PV and the 2017/2020 NEC:
Sean White -
2014 IREC Master Trainer of the Year
Intro to Solar Grid Tie and Battery Backup: altE
12:30 - 1:00
Lunch Break
1:00 - 4:30 *** PV and the 2017/2020 NEC:
Sean White -
2014 IREC Master Trainer of the Year
Intro to Solar Grid Tie and Battery Backup: altE
5:00 - 6:00 Cash Bar Cocktail Hour / Appetizers

 

Tuesday, February 25, 2020
8:00 - 9:00
Registration
8:00 - 9:00 Coffee, Continental Breakfast, in Exhibit area
8:45 - 9:00 Sascha Deri - CEO - Welcome Speech
9:00 - 10:00

 

10:00 - 10:15

Break in Exhibit Area
10:15- 11:15
 
11-15 - 11:30
Break in Exhibit Area
11:30 - 12:30
12:30 - 2:00 Lunch in Exhibit Area
1:00 - 1:30 Sascha Deri - CEO - Keynote Address
2:00 - 3:00

3:00 - 3:15 Break in Exhibit Area
3:15 - 4:15  

4:15 - 4:30 Break in Exhibit Area
4:30 - 5:30

5:30 - 7:30 Reception in Exhibit Area with Cocktail Hour
7:30 - 9:30

Post Reception Party

 

 
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
8:00 - 9:00
Registration
8:00 - 9:00
Coffee, Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Area
9:00 - 10:00

10:00 - 10:15

Break in Exhibit Area
10:15- 11:15

 

11-15 - 11:30
Break in Exhibit Area
11:30 - 12:30

12:30 - 2:00
Lunch in Exhibit Area
1:00 - 1:30
Keynote Address
2:00 - 3:00

 

3:00 - 3:15 Break in Exhibit Area
3:15 - 4:15

 

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4:15 - 4:30 Break in Exhibit Area
4:30 - 5:30

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

 

 


2020 Gold Sponsor

Schneider Electric


2020 Silver Sponsors

OutBack Power
Crown Battery
Blue Sky Energy
Q Cells
Midnite Solar
Genasun
Sol-Ark SimpliPhi Power Trojan Battery  






Victron Energy

 

2020 Exhibitors

MT Solar
Morningstar Corporation
SMA
Xantrex
Magnum Energy
IronRidge
Idenergy S-5!




 

Featured Media Partners

altenergymag.com

 

Seminars

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

Monday, February 24, 2020


ADVANCED TRACK (Experienced Installers)

10:00 - 4:30 - PV And The 2017/2020 NEC: Sean White - The 2014 IREC Master Trainer of the Year ******
This workshop will be jam-packed with 2017/2020 NEC insight and interpretation. Sean teaches PV courses around the world and has authored 4 books, the most recent being Photovoltaic Systems and the National Electric Code, co-authored with Bill Brooks. Sean will fill you up with as much information as possible in one day, while entertaining you at the same time. He will compare and contrast the 2017 NEC to the 2020 NEC, with special emphasis on the rapid shutdown and interconnection requirements of the Code. There will also be limited insight into the 2020 NEC, which has had the preliminary proposals already presented. 6 hours NABCEP Training.

BEGINNERS TRACK (Installers new to Solar)

10:00 - 4:30 - Intro To Solar Grid Tie And Battery Backup: altE
Just getting your business started up? Have new employees who need to be trained in the basics of solar power? This is the workshop for you. Learn valuable principles about the components in grid tie solar systems, off-grid solar, and grid tied solar with battery backup. We learn how to calculate the size of the system equipment needed for all 3 types of solar systems. We cover some NEC requirements to ensure a code compliant installation. There will also be complete pre-wired systems to view, mounting options for roofs, and much more!
Topics Covered:
Solar System Types
Electricity Basics
Solar Panels
Grid tied Array sizing
Grid Tied Inverters
Breaker sizing (NEC 702.12)
Panel Mounts and Flashing
Batteries
Bank sizing for off-grid
Off grid solar array sizing
Charge Controllers
Off Grid and Hybrid Inverters
Adding Batteries to Grid-tied
OverCurrent Protection
Breakers and Wire Sizing

 Tuesday, February 25, 2020



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

 

 


2020 Gold Sponsor

Schneider Electric


2020 Silver Sponsors

OutBack Power
Crown Battery
Blue Sky Energy
Q Cells
Midnite Solar
Genasun
Sol-Ark SimpliPhi Power Trojan Battery  






Victron Energy

 

2020 Exhibitors

MT Solar
Morningstar Corporation
SMA
Xantrex
Magnum Energy
IronRidge
Idenergy S-5!




 

Featured Media Partners

altenergymag.com

 

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