“Go SOLAR Fest” Offers Free Training on Reducing Costs of Solar Installations
-Solar event features more than 25 vendor exhibits and 500 participants; Continuing Education Units are available- 
DATE: January 24, 2013
MEDIA CONTACT: Jeff Halsey, Director 
Pollution Prevention, Remediation and Air Quality Division
PHONE: 954-519-1260

If you work for a city, utility, company or organization involved in permitting, interconnecting, selling, installing, inspecting or financing residential and commercial solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, you don’t want to miss "Solar 3.0 Free Training to Reduce Soft Costs," at Broward County’s Go SOLAR Fest, Saturday, January 26, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Room 304, at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center.

The free course will focus on reducing the cost of residential and commercial PV installations in the U.S. market and will highlight best practices and standards in solar permitting, installation, interconnection and inspection. Presentations will be provided by experts from solar, electrical and safety organizations, including Jim Rogers of the International Association of Electrical Inspectors, and Jeff Fecteau of Underwriters Laboratories.

The course includes information about the 2011 National Electrical Code, 2012 International Fire Code, International Building Code, International Residential Code and International Green Construction Code as they pertain to PV installations. Participants will also have access to:

• Results of a survey of 500 plus building inspectors regarding U.S. solar installation trends
• A free online solar training course covering inspection, installation and permitting practices with CEU
• An introduction to
Solar30.org, a clearinghouse for best practices and standards in solar PV
• Advice about how to engage with the Solar 3.0 team

Continuing Education Units (CEU) are available. Register for the free course today at

The Solar 3.0 training is being offered as part of the Broward County Go SOLAR Rooftop Solar Challenge, a U.S. Department of Energy grant-funded initiative that makes it easier for residents and businesses to convert to solar energy by reducing the cost and wait time associated with the permitting process for PV rooftop installations. For more information about the Go SOLAR Rooftop Solar Challenge, visit

Anyone interested in going solar will want to attend the
Go SOLAR Fest, this Friday, January 25, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Saturday, January 26, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center, 1950 Eisenhower Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Attendance and parking are free. Register today.
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