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Solar Hot Water Installation at SolWest

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When Jul 26, 2013
from 09:00 AM to 01:00 PM
Where Grant County Fairgrounds in John Day
Contact Name
Contact Phone 541-575-3633
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Solar Hot Water



at SolWest Fair $50

Friday July 26, 9:00am-1:00pm

  SolWest presents a professional-level solar hot water class, open to anyone interested in all aspects of solar hot water. This workshop, in classroom and hands-on sessions, will cover an overview of system types, theory, selection and design of solar hot water systems.

The first half of this course will detail the basic principles involved in solar water heating, and show what all solar water heaters have in common, as well as the differences in basic system designs of the more common system types sold today. Also included will be a discussion of Best Practices for rooftop installation, piping systems, and storage sizing and configuration.

The second half will be a hands-on assembly of the Sol-reliant system, including collector mounting on a pre-fabricated ground-mount structure, setting the tank, and plumbing the two together.

Students will be installing the solar hot water system that heats the showers for SolWest Fair. The system consists of a 40 square foot collector, a 80-gallon solar storage tank with built in double-wall heat exchanger, and a 30-watt photovoltaic module which powers the 12 volt DC pump that circulates the fluid when the sun is shining on the panel.


Pre-registration necessary and is due by July 15th.  $50 workshop tuition includes coffee/snacks and lunch.

TCT 4 hours CE (ST)
BDC 4 hours CE (plumbing)

Instructor: John Patterson started Mr. Sun in 1980. Since then he has installed over 2,000 solar water heaters, solar pool heaters and photovoltaic systems, and serviced thousands more. He has extensive thermal systems engineering experience, as well as a thorough knowledge of manufacturing and production processes.

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