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Name: Rob Harlan
Residence Address: 7310 155th St NW
City, State: Edmonton, Alberta
Zip Code: T541V5
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Business Name: Rob Harlan Electric
Business Address: 7310 155th St NW
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City, State: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Zip Code: T5R1V5
Business Telephone: (780) 487-6448
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Principal Product or Service: Photovoltaic Systems - Design., Installation, Service
License or Contractor Number: 402272
NABCEP Certification Date: October 31, 2005

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Employment History

Harlan Construction 1976-1996

Founded and ran a construction business which designed and built new custom homes, as well as remodeled existing homes and businesses. Work encompassed all phases of residential construction including design, drafting, permits, concrete work, rough and finish carpentry, plumbing, electrical, tile work and roofing. Managed employees and subcontractors. Developed skills in job estimating, job management, personnel manage- ment and accounting. Designs often incorporated energy efficiency, passive solar design daylighting, solar hot water and solar electric systems.

Mendocino Solar Service 1996-Present

Founded a solar contracting partnership which specialized in designing, installing and repairing solar hot water and solar electric systems. Its portfolio includes large photo- voltaic systems for several schools and hotels. For two years Mendocino Solar Service also sold solar electric equipment nationally. Present job mix is 50% off-grid, battery-based photovoltaics, 15% battery-based utility inter-tie photovoltaics, and 35% batteryless utility inter-tie photovolltaics. This includes design, installation and repair. There is also a limited amount of energy audit work, as well as wind turbine installation, solar water pumping system installation and conventional electrical work.

Licenses and Credentials
NABCEP Certified
California General Building Contractor - License #402272
California Solar Contractor – License #402272
California Certified Energy Auditor #3928
California Community College Limited Service Teaching Credential

Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa 1968-1973 Bachelor of Arts
Sonoma State University, Cotati, California 1980 Solar Energy Program
Humboldt State University, Arcata, California 1997 Mediator Certificate Program
College of the Redwoods, Fort Bragg, California 1988-2002 Classes in Construction, Office
Skills, Computer and Spanish Language

PVUSA Research Facility Photovoltaics and the National Electric Code 1998
Trace Engineering Installer’s Training 1999
Controlled Energy Corporation Aquastar Training 1999
Kyocera/Utility Power Group Solar System Installation Seminar 2000
Schott Applied Power Utility Inter-tie Training 2001
Uni Solar Integrated Photovoltaic Roofing Training 2002
Outback Technician’s Training 2002

College of the Redwoods, Fort Bragg, California Workshops in construction, energy conservation and solar energy 1981-1984
Solar Living Center, Hopland, California Workshops in Photovoltaics 2003

Fine Home Building Magazine
Back Woods Home Magazine
Home Power Magazine

Community Service
President, Mendocino Solar Energy Association 1979 -1982
Organizer, Mendocino Solar Fair and Solar Home Tour 1980 -1982
Radio Talk Show Host, Weekly show on energy topics 1981
Workshop Coordinator, A series of workshops on solar water heating and solar electricity 1980 - 1982
Chairman, Board of Directors, North Coast Energy Services A non-profit corporation serving Mendocino and Lake Counties. 1982 -1984
Big Brother, Big Brother/Big Sister Program 1985 - Present
Mediator, Mendocino Dispute Resolution Services 1996 -1997
Organizer, Navarro River Cleanup 2000 - Present
Mediator and Facilitator, Victim Offender Reconciliation Program 2000 - Present

Product Experience
Trace SW, SWPVI, PS, ST, STXR, DR and U series inverters
Advanced Energy GC-1000 inverters
Exceltec 250-1100 watt inverters
SMA America Sunny Boy inverters
Morningstar, ASC, Steca, Solar Boost, Enermaxer, Outback and Trace charge controllers
Trimetric 2020 Amp-Hour Meters
Specialty Concepts Meters
Siemens, Sharp, BP Solar, Kyocera, Mitsubushi, Photowatt, Solarex, Solec, Evergreen, Arco, Astropower and Unisolar modules . Unisolar laminated integrated roofing.
Direct Power, Unirac, Two Seas and Zomeworks racks – ground, roof and pole mount Outback Products
L-16, Golf Cart and Industrial grade flooded electrolyte batteries
Nickel Iron and Nickel Cadmium flooded electrolyte batteries
Todd Engineering Battery Chargers
Shurflo, Solar Jack, Sun Rise, Flojet, Hartell, Slo-Pump, Grundfos SQ Flex, and Flowlight DC water pumping systems
Aquastar Instantaneous Water Heaters
Progressive Tube Solar Hot Water heaters
Copper Cricket Solar Hot Water heaters
Drain down solar hot water heaters
Drain back solar hot water heaters
Six Rivers Solar storage tanks
Sunfrost and Conserve refrigerators and freezers

Last Updated: Nov 6, 2006

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