Christopher LaForge - Master Trainer (IREC), Great Northern Solar

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Christopher LaForge is the CEO of Great Northern Solar and a NABCEP certified photovoltaic installer-emeritus. He has been designing, specifying, and installing systems since 1988. He has been an instructor with the MREA since 1993 teaching Advanced Photovoltaic design and installation and is an ISPQ Affiliated Master Trainer. In 2016 he was named IREC's Master Trainer of the Year. For over 29 years, Christopher has been deploying renewable energy systems for both the grid interactive and off-grid markets. A strong advocate for clean energy production, Christopher volunteers with the Midwest Renewable Energy Association, the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (as a member of the Board of Directors until 2015, now as Chair of the BOD Nominations Committee), and the Northern Futures Foundation. Christopher has developed training for contractors, administrators, project managers, and the public. Clients have included: The Gwich’in in Northern Alaska, the City of Minneapolis, Hennepin and St. Louis County in Minnesota, the Madison Area Technical College, and several other colleges. He has trained many electrical contractors in the greater Midwest and beyond. Christopher has a master's degree in Philosophy concentrating in Ethics and Non-Violence from the UW-Madison and is an organic gardener.

Christopher is teaching:

Designing PV Systems with Energy Storage

ISPQ Certified Master Trainer Christopher LaForge's deep dive into battery-based solar PV systems. A one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn about designing storage systems from a true master.

Understanding Residential and Commercial Energy Storage

Learn the elements of energy storage for residential and commercial clients with this introductory overview of the field, led by expert Chris LaForge

Battery Capacity - The Basis of Storage

Students who participate in this free lecture will be able to properly define battery capacity, define amp-hours and watt-hours, understand the active elements of a battery and how they affect capacity.

Commercial Photovoltaic Design - Integrating Commercial Scale Storage

Learn how commercial scale storage will affect the market for commercial clients, some of the major players that are in the current expanding field and see how small utilities will benefit from this scale of storage added to Commercial PV arrays.

The Kroska Case Study: Solar PV Systems with Storage

This case study presents the Kroska Residential PV installation Seminar that blends two PV system designs (battery free and battery back-up) and accommodates two roof planes and types.