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Kortright Centre
9550 Pine Valley Drive
Woodbridge, Ontario L4L 1A6
905-832-2289
info@kortright.org

2011 Sustainable Technologies Seminars and Workshops

Professional Training at Kortright

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Why Kortright?

  • Canada's largest educational demonstrations of renewable energy and green buildings
  • Most experienced teaching staff in the industry
  • We train the trainers - colleges, solar companies...etc.
  • Low teacher to student ratio (max. 16 students) allows for more hands on experience - 4 students to 1 roof install
  • Multiple installations - panels, roofs, inverters
  • Latest demonstrations of real systems ranging from:
    • 100 watts to 90 kw
    • Grid-tied and off-grid systems
    • Sloped roof, flat roof, roof integrated, pole mount and tracking systems
  • Not-for-profit- we offer unbiased, industry best practices training at affordable prices
  • Customized experiences for corporate clients

Please click here to register online or by calling 416-661-6600 Ext. 4241. For more information please email adelaney@trca.on.ca.


Solar Professional Training Course (PTC)

5 day / Cost $1600 + HST

Spring   March 26 - 30 / May 07 - 11
Summer  
July 09 - 13 / August 20 - 24
Fall  
October 29 - November 02

To meet the growing demand for trained installers and educators, Kortright has developed a new five-day training session that includes theory, hands-on laboratory, and installation components that prepare you to write the NABCEP (North American Board Certified of Energy Practitioners) entry level certification exam, to enter into the growing solar energy marketplace.

Course Covers:
1. Photovoltaic Markets and Applications
2. Solar and Electrical Fundamentals and Site Planning
3. Photovoltaic Fundamentals and System Components
4. Photovoltaic System Design, Sizing and Building Integration
5. Code, Regulations and Safety
6. Installation Practices

Please click here to register online or by calling 416-661-6600 Ext. 4241. For more information please email adelaney@trca.on.ca.

 

Solar for Building Professionals

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This course covers system components and configurations for Photovoltaic and Solar Domestic Hot Water applications. Participants will receive an overview of costs associated with different system designs, design limitations, and financial modeling. This course will introduce participants to the FIT and microFIT programs, as well as issues relating to renting your rooftop, and how solar installations may affect real estate. This course will concentrate on opportunities for building professionals, including contractors, property mangers, property owners, business professionals and others.

 

Solar Hot Water Training Course

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The Solar Hot Water (SHW) training and certification program is offered in partnership with CANSIA (Canadian Solar Industries Association). This course is designed to assure the skills of SHW installers and provides consumers with confidence that certified individuals are professional and competent installers. In many cases, this certification is a requirement for access to federal, provincial and municipal market-incentives.

CanSIA Solar Hot Water System Installer Certification is not a professional license issued by a government agency, and does not authorize a certificant to practice. CanSIA Certified Solar Hot Water System Installers must comply with all legal requirements related to practice, including licensing laws.


 

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Introductory Seminars at Kortright

 

Sustainable Energy Options (Green Energy Introduction: GEI)

Spring   February 11 / April 1 / May 12
Summer   August 25
Fall   October 13

Cost   $95 + HST

 

This course will give an overview of various sustainable technologies including wind energy, wood heating, back up power, photovoltaics and solar domestic hot water. The course will help home or cottage owners decide what technologies make sense for them, considering their own motivations and resources. It will also provide participants with an understanding of technologies in the renewable energy sector. Motivations such as energy independence, energy security, environmental impact and economic investment for using each technology will be discussed.

Please click here to register online or by calling 416-661-6600 Ext. 4241. For more information please email adelaney@trca.on.ca.

Eco Home Renovation

Spring   February 18 / April 14New

Cost  $95 + HST

 

This seminar is designed to give homeowners practical information on making their home energy efficient, healthy and comfortable. Strategies such as draft proofing, insulating, efficient lighting, eliminating phantom loads, and water conservation will be discussed. This workshop will also examine the building and finishing materials available to the home owner/builder who is interested in sustainability and a healthy living environment. Topics include what to look for in Green and Sustainability certifications for materials, sources of pollution in building products that affect indoor air quality, and more!. Participants will tour two LEED platinum houses . Archetype Sustainable House

Please click here to register online or by calling 416-661-6600 Ext. 4241. For more information please email adelaney@trca.on.ca.

 

Consumers Guide To Buying a Solar System

Spring   January 28 / March 03 / May 05
Summer   July 14
Fall   September 22 / November 03

Time 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Note: This is a half-day workshop)

Cost   $45 + HST

 

The new Ontario micro-fit solar incentive program pays homeowners up to 80 cents a kilowatt, eight times more than you purchase electricity for has created a boom for the solar industry. All of a sudden homeowners are being bombarded with sales people promising to make them money off solar. This half day workshop will teach you what questions to ask. Learn to be solar smart.

Please click here to register online or by calling 416-661-6600 Ext. 4241. For more information please email adelaney@trca.on.ca.

 

Windows

Spring   March 25

Time 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Cost   $45 + HST

 

Note: This is a half-day workshop.

This workshop is a Consumers Guide to Buying comfortable, beautiful, energy efficient windows. Discover what makes the difference in an ordinary and great window.

Please click here to register online or by calling 416-661-6600 Ext. 4241. For more information please email adelaney@trca.on.ca.

 

 

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Technology Workshops at Kortright

 

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Consumers Guide To Buying a Wood Heating System

Spring   March 24
Fall   October 27

Time 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Note: This is a half-day workshop)

Cost   $45 + HST

 

The burning of wood is one of the oldest methods for providing warmth and comfort in our homes. This workshop will focus on the modern technology employed in heat production using this renewable resource. The Kortright Centre has several wood burning appliances installed that demonstrate the various applications and options available to the consumer. These include free standing wood burning stoves, fireplace inserts and pellet stoves.

Please click here to register online or by calling 416-661-6600 Ext. 4241. For more information please email adelaney@trca.on.ca.

 

Consumers Guide to Ground Source and Efficient Heating Systems

Spring   March 24
Fall   October 27

Time 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Note: This is a half-day workshop)

Cost   $45 + HST

 

This workshop examines the features of various high efficiency heating systems for both domestic hot water and residential space heating needs. Topics include: ground source heat pumps, on-demand hot water heaters, combination boilers, masonry wood heaters, and heat distribution systems, such as radiant floor, high velocity air & zoned forced air. We'll also examine the integration of heating systems with solar domestic and space heating systems and heat/energy recovery ventilation systems (HRV, ERV). A tour of a ground source heat pump, radiant floor and solar hot water heating system at Kortright is part of this program. Participants will also tour the Archetype Sustainable House.

Please click here to register online or by calling 416-661-6600 Ext. 4241. For more information please email adelaney@trca.on.ca.

 

Photovoltaic Generation (PVG)

(Recommended - GEI)

Spring   February 12 / April 14 / May 26/ June 23
Fall   September 08 / October 20

Cost   $125 + HST (lunch included)

 

This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of photovoltaics (PV). Whether you would like to become an educated consumer, or are considering a career in the industry, PVG will provide you with the basic theory of photovoltaics including practical applications and installation. The course discussions will include PV generation in grid tied and off-grid applications and the Feed in Tariff ( FIT ) program as it relates to the Green Energy Act of Ontario.

Please click here to register online or by calling 416-661-6600 Ext. 4241. For more information please email adelaney@trca.on.ca.

 

Wind Energy (WND)

(Prerequisite - GEI)

Spring   June 16
Fall   October 14

Cost   $125 + HST (lunch included)

 

This workshop is designed to introduce participants to the criteria for the selection of a wind energy system. Participants will explore the fundamentals of wind energy, its components, and the application of off-grid and grid-tied wind systems. Topics covered will include the various types and sizes of machines, towers and the procedures for installation. The instructor will also be conducting a tour of the seven installed wind turbines along the Kortright Power Trip Trail. Portions of the day will be spent outdoors; participants should dress accordingly.

Please click here to register online or by calling 416-661-6600 Ext. 4241. For more information please email adelaney@trca.on.ca.

 

Off Grid and Emergency Back Up Systems
(Remote Power systems for Cottages and Developing Countries: OGS)

(Prerequisite - PVG / Recommended - GEI)

Spring   April 21
Summer July 21
Fall   September 15

Cost   $125 + HST (lunch included)

 

This workshop connects the fundamentals of photovoltaic and wind energy production with the components required for an off-grid system operation. The topics covered in this course include charge controllers, batteries, inverters and generators, and are applicable to battery-based back-up power systems. In the afternoon, participants will assemble the components of a small cabin sized system as a practicum. Portions of the day will be spent outdoors; participants should dress accordingly.

Please click here to register online or by calling 416-661-6600 Ext. 4241. For more information please email adelaney@trca.on.ca.

 

 

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Installation Workshops

 

Utility Connected Photovoltaic Installation (UPVI)

(Prerequisite - PVG / Recommended - GEI)

Spring   April 15 / June 24
Fall   September 09 / October 21

Cost  $195 + HST

 

The Utility PV Installation course offers participants a hands-on opportunity to assemble and install a grid-tied PV system. The course begins with the theory of site assessment, installation and system sizing. Participants are then broken into small groups and are able to assemble a complete grid-tied system. The equipment used in this workshop is representative of systems currently being installed under the FIT program throughout Ontario. The majority of the course will be spent outdoors; participants should dress appropriately for the weather.

Please click here to register online or by calling 416-661-6600 Ext. 4241. For more information please email adelaney@trca.on.ca.

 

Off-Grid Systems Installation (OGSI)

(Prerequisite - GEI, PVG & OGS)

Summer   July 22
Fall   September 16

Cost  $195 + HST

 

This workshop will lead participants through the full installation of an off grid system. The course is an outdoor practicum beginning with the rooftop installation of modules followed by the connection of the charge controller, a full scale inverter and battery bank. At the end of the workshop, each station will be powered-up using renewable energy provided exclusively by the sun. The entire workshop will be conducted outdoors; participants should dress accordingly.

Please click here to register online or by calling 416-661-6600 Ext. 4241. For more information please email adelaney@trca.on.ca.

 

 

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