Do-It-Yourself Solar

Thursday, October 18, 2012

6:00pm – 9:30pm

(presenters may change)

6:00 – 6:10


Dinner Buffet

Warren Nevad – TREEDC

6:10 – 6:25

Introduction to Solar Photovoltaics

What is it?  Why go solar? Are you connected to the grid? Why do you want it?

Stephen Levy – TSEA

6:25 – 6:40

Where to Locate Your System & Cost Considerations

Sizing your system What goes into a solar system?

Is your location suitable? On the ground or on the roof? Warrantees, Insurance, Taxes


Ed Zubko

6:40 – 7:10

How to Choose the Right Equipment

Kits, Panels, Inverters, Racking, Monitoring, etc. Safety issues

Randy Velker

7:10 – 7:25

Should You or Someone Else Install Your System

What is involved in DIY?  Do you intend to connect to the grid?

Estimate cost savings for DIY

Hurdles to DIY

Gary Wolf – SunDog Solar Energy

7:25 – 7:40


7:40 – 7:45

Where to Purchase Your Solar System

Kits or Individual Components?

John Kemmery

7:45 – 8:00

Niche Applications

Farm, Security, Lighting, etc.

Stephen Levy – TSEA

8:00 – 8:15

NABCEP introductory course

Lou Rabinowitz

Roane State Community College

8:15 – 9:00

Q&A Panel

David Bolt, Gary Wolf, Randy Velker, Ed Zubko, John Kemery, Pat West


Additional Information:

Where is it?

The workshop will be held at the University of Tennessee’s Conference Center located at the corner of Locust and Clinch Aves.  The meeting will be on the 4th floor. Parking is free at the Locust St. garage just across the street.  For overnight participants, the Hilton Hotel is just across the street.


When is it?

The date for this workshop is Thursday, October 18th in the evening. The buffet will be ready at 6 pm followed by the presentations.  The evening will end about 9:30 pm.

What you get

Dinner will be a buffet.  In addition to the presentations and Q&A panel, each person will receive a binder containing each of the presentations, relevant articles from Home Power Magazine and literature supplied by our presenters.

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6 Responses

  1. Rebecca Horton
    Rebecca Horton / 9-13-2012 / ·

    Looking forward to learning more

  2. Senthil Kumar Siva Subramaniam
    Senthil Kumar Siva Subramaniam / 9-20-2012 / ·

    Hello, I am very much interested in Solar Energy and I would like to learn it everything from scratch. So, I just wonder if this seminar suits my requirements. Please let me know. Thanks.

    1. Joyce
      Joyce / 10-7-2012 / ·

      Hello Senthil,

      The workshop will cover the basics of solar energy with an introduction to solar photovoltaics as well as the benefits of using solar. It is suitable for people like you who is interested and want to learn the basics of solar energy, installation, and much more. There will be various professionals present to answers any questions you may have. Please do not hesitate to contact our office directly to obtain more details. We hope to see you at the workshop!

  3. James Valentine
    James Valentine / 10-9-2012 / ·

    Who do i contact on seating availability?

    1. SLevy
      SLevy / 10-9-2012 / ·

      I am not at the office but at last count we had 15 seats available. Go to our website and click on the banner at the top of the page and it will lead you to where you can submit your payment securing your reservation.

  4. vasanth ramasami
    vasanth ramasami / 10-16-2012 / ·

    October 16 2012


    Iam interested in providing installation of solar energy to prospective customers. At the moment, am based out of Phoenix, Arizona and a Chemical Engineer. So, been involved in the alternate energy for a long time. You can contact me vasanth , 602.696.5301 and email

    Can provide references too.


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