BiographyDr. Sean White is an Award Winning Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC/ISPQ) Certified PV Master Trainer and Accredited Training Provider for PV installation courses from entry level up to expert level. He has been teaching at many different schools and has taught thousands of students in the USA, the Philippines, Canada, China, Africa, Mongolia and the Middle East.
Sean authored the book “Solar Photovoltaic Basics” and is working on other books for Routledge Publishing. Sean was on the NABCEP PV Installer Exam Committee and helped author the NABCEP PV Installer Task Analysis. Sean also is on the energy storage committee of the Solar ABCs (Solar America Board for Codes and Standards) PV Industry Stakeholder Group. Sean is a California Licensed Electrician and a California Licensed Solar Contractor.
On a regular basis, Sean teaches classes for various institutions, such as Diablo Valley College, The Solar Living Institute and Solar Universe in California, Kaplan across the USA, Meralco (the main utility in the Philippines), Heatspring Online and for many other organizations. Sean has also presented 8-hour advanced PV workshops at SPI (Solar Power International) and ASES National Solar Conference.
In recent years, Sean has presented his experiences at international conferences, including SNEC in Shanghai, Africa PVSEC in Durban, SOLARCON in Shanghai, and Merisis in Beijing and Shanghai.
Sean excels at making difficult concepts easy to understand. He is a fun and entertaining speaker. Sean is always working on many projects at the same time. Whatever time it is, there is always a PV system that is producing power that Sean has worked on around the world.
Sean has a big commute and spends much of his time in California and the Philippines or often at a solar event somewhere in between. Sean is currently installing a 0.0001 MW (do the math) PV system on his wind-powered boat “Stella Blue” in the San Francisco Bay. Sean is also a student of lift, studying wind and is flying a small airplane in his spare time.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Solar, Renewable Energy, National Electric Code, International Solar Codes and Standards.
Family, Sailing, Flying, Running, Hiking, Summiting Mountains, Laughing, Eating Healthy and Longevity.
Published: Oct 15, 2015 by SolarPro Magazine
Authors: Sean White
Subjects: Built Environment, Environment and Agriculture
Voltage rise is a commonly misunderstood concept among PV installers, especially those who have not worked on electrical distribution systems with parallel power supplies, such as a utility-interactive PV system. When a grid-connected inverter produces ac current, the impedance from the grid and inverter output-circuit conductors causes an increase in voltage at the inverter relative to the utility voltage. This phenomenon is commonly referred to as voltage rise.
By: Sean White
Subjects: Environment and Agriculture
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