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Learn how to design, install and maintain solar domestic hot water and solar space heating systems for Vermont’s climate!



  • BUILDERS who want to expand their business and generate more income by offering clients solar hot water services. This two day workshop also leads to Solar Thermal Partnership which is a requirement to access state incentives;
  • PLUMBING AND HEATING CONTRACTORS who want to learn the specifics of solar installations for domestic hot water and heating systems;
  • ANYONE INTERESTED in expanding their knowledge of a sophisticated renewable technology.


  • SHW the hottest growing green industry in an exploding green marketplace.
  • SHW is easily incorporated into building plans and installed on existing homes.
  • SHW is the least expensive renewable energy system.
  • SHW has the #1 Return on the Investment (ROI) for the homeowner.
  • SHW makes economic sense.



  • Learn how to design, install and maintain solar thermal domestic hot water and space heating systems for Vermont’s climate!
  • Achieve up to 16 hours of REV approved training credits towards gaining Solar Partnership.
  • Start connecting to federal and state incentives that offer up to 60% off the total installation cost of these systems.
  • Create contacts and network with suppliers, like minded builders and plumbers.
  • Gain firsthand knowledge from presenter Michael Horowitz who brings 25 years of expert experience to these comprehensive workshops.



Day 1

  • Introduction to solar domestic hot water (DSHW) and solar space heating systems appropriate for Vermont’s climate.
  • Domestic solar hot water component details.
  • Siting, sizing and design of DSHW.
  • Installation & maintenance for DSHW.
  • Economic payback overview & marketing strategies for solar hot water.
  • Overview of federal & state incentives and the Renewable Energy Vermont Solar Partnership application.


Day 2

  • Solar space heating design details including passive solar and active solar sources.
  • Advanced system components for DSHW and solar space heating systems.
  • Troubleshooting for all solar systems and common component maintenance concerns.
  • Introduction to solar mathematics for siting and sizing systems.
  • Solar hot water marketing and economic paybacks and incentives.



SHW Workshop Dates & Locations


Workshop Date Location Venue
SHW Day 1 March 20, 2010


Burlington, VT Vermont Energy Investment Corp.
SHW Day 2 April 3, 2010 (Saturday) Montpelier, VT Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce
SHW Day 1 May 15, 2010 (Saturday) Brattleboro, VT BuildingGreen
SHW Day 2 June 24, 2010 (Thursday) White River Junction, VT GroSolar
SHW Day 1 July 7, 2010 (Wednesday) Montpelier, VT Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce
SHW Day 2 August 5, 2010 (Thursday) Burlington, VT Vermont Energy Investment Corp.
SHW Day 1 September 18, 2010 (Saturday) Manchester, VT
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SHW Day 2 October 21, 2010 (Thursday) Middlebury, VT tdb



Renewable Energy Vermont (REV) Solar Thermal Partnership

This course is recognized by REV. Licensed plumbers who attend a 8hr workshop will be eligible to apply for “REV Solar Thermal Provisional partnership”. Full Solar Partnership is awarded to Provisional Partners who complete a dw systems with REV oversight. Non-licensed plumbing professionals attending both workshops will receive 16 hours of credit towards eligibility. Solar Thermal Partnership is required to access Vermont renewable energy incentives. For more information click here.


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For more answers please feel free to contact:

Scott Merriam
Program Coordinator
Renewable Energy Vermont
PO Box 1036
Montpelier, VT 05601-1036
(802) 229.0099
(802) 595.5373


Workshop Fees

$285 One Day Workshop (Day One or Day Two)


$450 Two Day Workshop Series


$45 BSR & NESEA Member Discount
$40 Early Registration Discount (Two Weeks prior to workshop date)

$Plumber Discounts: Contact BSR for more information. 802.825.5957 or