Grove Park Community Group
Postal Address:
268 Baring Road
Grove Park
SE12 0DS
Telephone: 020 8857 7980
Registered Charity No.: 1046082
Chris Blake
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Solar Electricity / One-day Course

20th October 2013 on Sunday at 10:00



Solar Electricity / One-day Course  (10am - 5pm)

The course is designed for people who wish to learn how to make a basic 'off-grid' solar electricity system. This can generate electricity from the sun to power small appliances for personal use at home, in the garden, in a boat or caravan etc. The course will also enable you to understand more about ‘ready to use’ systems that are currently available on the market.


Course content:

- overview of the different photovoltaic systems

- design of panel types and their suitability in various situations

- clarifying your own needs before spending or building a system

- expectations / costs / system protection

- basics of electricity & load calculations

- storage methods / batteries and inverters

- grid and off-grid connections / feed-in-tariffs

- time for questions & discussion 


Practical Session:

Parts of the afternoon will be spent outside, wiring up and testing a small off-grid photovoltaic system in practice.


Additional Information:

The course will be taught by Alex Saunders, who studied at the Centre of Alternative Technology in Wales. Alex has a background in engineering and installed a number of off-grid systems (static / domestic and mobile) using wind, solar and inverter background systems. He also provides, in association with AV Resource, the power for the children's areas at the Glastonbury Festival and the Big Green Gathering.


What to bring:    
Work clothes, a basic calculator, pen & notebook.


We would appreciate if everyone would contribute some food for a 'shared lunch' - Tea & Coffee will be provided.


Time: 10am - 5pm


Course fee: £35
Concession are available for full-time studentsand people in receipt of a state pension & means-tested benefits.


Location: The Ringway Centre

Contact: info@thebaringtrust.com



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