Solar Energy in Nashville

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Now is the time – New Course Debuts in Nashville March 22!

Consumer demand for solar energy is rising as fast as the price is dropping –at a record-breaking pace in the last few years. Solar can add value to almost any project because solar panels allow building owners to produce their own free energy.

As key professionals on the design team, architects and engineers are well poised influence a client’s wish list to include solar energy on both new and remodeled buildings. Having solar expertise is a lucrative opportunity for designers who want to stay ahead of their competition and lead the market. However many designers don’t have experience with solar, and don’t know where to begin.

A new training funded by the U.S. Department of Energy offers to change that. The new Solar for Design Professionals course debuts in Nashville on March 22nd. The one-day course provides 6.5 AIA LU/HSW continuing education credits to participants.

Created especially for architects and engineers, this course introduces participants to how to incorporate solar photovoltaics (PV) into designs; differentiate themselves in the marketplace by offering solar PV; how to speak with clients about its benefits; and where to find information on financial incentives. This one-time only training was developed by the Building Codes Assistance Project, the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) and is co-hosted by AIA Middle Tennessee.

Solar energy is a good choice in Tennessee, because there is an abundance of free energy from the sun, as well as financial incentives available for owners of solar systems, such as:

  • · The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)’s “Green Power Providers” program pays customers for excess solar that flows back into the grid.
  • · The Federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) allows residential and commercial solar energy system owners to recoup a significant part of the upfront cost by reducing their federal tax bill by 30 percent of the system cost.

Learn more or register: http://bcapcodes.org/beyond-code-portal/sunshot/register/