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Delaware Tech students install solar panels at Philadelphia Navy Yard

Delaware Tech students from the Terry and Stanton campuses – accompanied by instructors Jennifer Clemons (Terry) and Dan Kasper (Stanton) – recently visited Penn State University’s GridSTAR facility at The Navy Yard in Philadelphia.

At the GridSTAR training facility, Terry students Josh Gorrell and Emily St. Clair and Stanton students Gail Yborra and Fausto Arellano met with solar experts Matt Fedorko, a Northern Mid-Atlantic solar education and resource center architectural engineering instructor from Penn State; and Jeremiah Jancik, an instructor of design and safe installation at Apollo Solar and Energy.

The students worked on a large mock roof to mount and install a ballasted photovoltaic system. The system avoids drilling into the roof by using racks with weights to mount the panels. They also used an IV-tracer to troubleshoot any problems that might occur when installing photovoltaic systems.

“Like a car diagnostic scanner, the IV-tracer will check for shading, damaged panels, shorts within the panel and other problems,” explained Emily St. Clair, an energy management and renewable solar energy double-major.

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