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Are you interested in using solar to power your home, farm, or business?

If so, you'll want to join one of the University of Maryland’s upcoming Solar Workshops to explore the opportunities and challenges associated with solar energy. Each workshop will cover important topics that will help you successfully, and sustainably, implement a solar electric system, including discussions of:

  • How solar energy works and what role it plays
  • How solar impacts you as a homeowner or landowner
  • How to finance and facilitate a solar project
Solar Workshop Locations on Maryland Map Fall 2022

October 3, 2022

(5:30 pm - 7:30 pm)
Annapolis Friends Meetinghouse
351 Dubois Road
Annapolis, MD 21401
Registration
(Annapolis, MD)

October 5, 2022

(5:30 pm - 7:30 pm)
Baltimore County Ag Center
1114 Shawan Road
Cockeysville, MD 21030
Registration
(Cockeysville, MD)

December 7, 2022

(5:30 pm - 7:30 pm)
St. Mary's County Extension Office
26737 Radio Station Way
Leonardtown, MD 20650
Registration
(Leonardtown, MD)

 

Recent Webinars

  

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Are you interested in using solar to power your farm? Maybe you’d like to lease your land for a solar project?  Or perhaps, you’d like to know more about how solar works and what opportunities are available for solar energy.

Whatever the case may be, you'll want to join this free webinar addressing the opportunities and challenges for solar electricity. See how other farms and businesses across the state are considering solar to offset their energy costs using an affordable and sustainable energy resource.

Tuesday
August 16, 2022
1:00 pm—2:30 pm

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Past Programs

Are you interested in using solar to power your home, farm or business?

If so, you'll want to join an upcoming Solar Workshop with the University of Maryland Extension. Each workshop will be geared towards the location that it’s being offered, but all participants will explore the opportunities and challenges associated with solar electricity, or solar photovoltaics (PV). Each workshop will cover important topics and hands-on training to help you decide if solar is right for you, and how you can install a solar electric system that will meet your needs. Each workshop will include a discussion of:

  • trends in the solar industry,
  • basic principles of solar technology,
  • system sizing and design, and
  • financing and economics.
Solar Workshop Locations on Maryland Map

March 23, 2022

(5:30 pm - 7:30 pm)
Garrett College CTTC Building
116 Industrial Park Drive
Accident, MD 21520
Registration
(Accident, MD)

 

March 30, 2022

(10:30 am - 12:30 pm)
Western Maryland Research and Education Center
18330 Keedysville Road
Keedysville, MD 21756
Registration
(Keedysville, MD)

 

April 6, 2022

(5:30 pm - 7:30 pm)
Charles County Extension
9501 Crain Highway #1
Bel Alton, MD 20611
Registration
(Bel Alton, MD)

 

April 13, 2022

(3:00 pm - 5:00 pm)
Wicomico County Extension
28647 Old Quantico Road
Salisbury, MD 21801
Registration
(Salisbury, MD)

 

April 20, 2022

(10:00 am - 12:00 pm)
4-H Youth Park: Williams Building
8230 Detour Road
Denton, MD 21629
* Cancelled *
(Denton, MD)

 

April 28, 2022

(5:30 pm - 7:30 pm)
Allegany College of Maryland
12401 Willowbrook Road
Cumberland, MD 21502
Registration
(Cumberland, MD)

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Solar Curriculum

Market

Maryland's Solar Market
This introductory module of the Farm Solar program explores the various forms of energy that are available for our use and how solar power fits into the overall mix. Consideration is given to solar technology, research, and policy developments that support new and continued opportunities for on-farm solar in Maryland. Through the course of this module, you will gain a better understanding of the historical development of photovoltaics, the current trends within the photovoltaic sector, and future forecasts for the solar market within Maryland.

Maryland's Solar Market
Length: 55:14
Date: September 30, 2020
Dr. Drew Schiavone
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Additional Resources
Maryland's Energy Resources
Maryland's Solar Industry
Farm Solar Applications
 

Basics

Photovoltaic (PV) Basics
Explore solar photovoltaics and system components.

Solar PV Basics
Length: 55:47
Date: October 7, 2020
Dr. Drew Schiavone
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Additional Resources
Electricity and circuits
Technology and components
Performance and efficiency
 

Design

Planning & Design
Assess energy needs and potential system production.

Planning & Design
Length: 1:02:50
Date: October 14, 2020
Dr. Drew Schiavone
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Additional Resources
Determine your energy use
Site assessment
Calculating system size
 

Regulations

Regulations & Zoning
Explore solar regulations, policies and zoning.

Regulations & Zoning
Length: 47:02
Date: October 21, 2020
Paul Goeringer & Drew Schiavone
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Additional Resources
Policy
Permitting 
Ordinances
 

Installation

Installation & Maintenance
Explore installation and maintenance operations.

Installation & Maintenance
Length: 1:00:29
Date: October 28, 2020
Dr. Drew Schiavone
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Additional Resources
Prioritize energy efficiency
Installation considerations
Operation & maintenance
 

Financial

Financial Options
Explore costs and incentives for solar financing.

Financial Options
Length: 57:08
Date: November 4, 2020
Dr. Drew Schiavone
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Additional Resources
Production and costs
Financing and incentives
Metrics and models
 

Community

Community Solar
Explore community solar and solar co-ops in Maryland.

Community Solar
Length: 57:38
Date: November 11, 2020
Dr. Drew Schiavone
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Additional Resources
What is shared solar?
Where is it available?
What are the next steps?
 

Leases

Utility-Scale Leasing
Explore legal and economic of solar farm leasing.

Utility-Scale Leasing
Length: 51:05
Date: November 18, 2020
Paul Goeringer & Drew Schiavone
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Additional Resources
Land Use
Engineering
Legal Concerns
 

Battery

Battery Backup
Learn how to integrate battery storage options with solar.

Solar Battery Storage
Length: 58:32
Date: December 2, 2020
Dr. Drew Schiavone
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Additional Resources
Battery Basics
Battery Bank Design
Charge Controllers
 

Training Resources

  • Solar Panel Icon

    Solar Panel

    Assess solar panel output for optimal performance

  • Pencil Ruler Icon

    Solar Design

    Load and site assessments for system sizing

  • Wire Icon

    Solar Wiring

    Select, assemble and install solar PV wiring and OCPDs

  • Solar Array Icon

    Solar Array

    Connecting panels in series and parallel to for a solar array

  • Battery Icon

    Battery Backup

    Design and install battery backup and charge controllers

  • DC to AC Inverter Icon

    Solar Inverter

    Select, size, and install a DC-to-AC inverter