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Solar PV Hands-On Design & Installation Workshop

Solar PV Workshop

Come experience the largest, most high tech, solar PV system design and installation laboratory in the United States!

Course Code: SOL101

A good education is one of the most important investments you will make in your life. You deserve the highest quality training and Infinite Solar is here to provide that. If you would like to earn good money and improve our natural environment, this class is for you! The solar market in the US and worldwide has been growing exponentially for the previous 5 years. This course is your first step to entering the market and is designed to appeal to both newcomers and experienced professional contractors and engineers.

This course covers fundamentals in design, installation, and evaluation of residential and commercial solarphotovoltaic (PV) systems. The course curriculum is based on standards set by IREC, the most recognized credentialing agency of renewable energy systems.

The solar PV training includes the use of various tools and techniques, solar electric component operation and connection, system design and sizing, standard requirements and practices. The solar photovoltaic installation and design course guides students from PV system fundamentals to advanced mechanical and electrical concepts in accordance with the National Electrical Code.


   

COURSE <br/> INFORMATION

Course Structure

Each day begins with breakfast being served at 7:30 a.m. followed by training that begins promptly at 8:00 a.m. The morning session is 4 hours with a lunch break from noon to 12:30 p.m. The afternoon session continues for 4 hours,ending at 5:00 p.m. Each day there are 8 hours of instruction, totaling 40 hours of professional training over the five-day course. This course is five days long. The first two days are spent in the classroom and include multimedia presentations from the head instructor, workbook exercises, and quizzes. The next two days are spent in the lab, where students will experience full hands-on training on a variety of different types of installations. The last day is spent back in the classroom where students will review what they have learned, have special presentations from solar industry professionals,and be given the option to sit for the NABCEP Entry Level Exam in the afternoon*.

*Please note that there is an additional NABCEP administrative fee of $170 to sit for the Entry Level Exam.

Lead Instructors

Jeremiah Jancik in Phladelphia and Newark and Kevin Kennedy in San Jose and Los Angeles

LEARNING <br /> OBJECTIVES

What You Will Learn

Students attending this course can expect to learn about the following topics in class:
  • Identify major scientific contributions to photovoltaic technology
  • Understand how the industry is changing and who the major players are
  • Demonstrate understanding of basic photovoltaic principles and applications
  • Explain basic electrical phenomena
  • Facilitation of a thorough site assessment
  • Understand principles of system and wire sizing
  • Introduction to utility interconnection process
  • Develop an in depth understanding of PV system design process
  • Uphold strict accordance to professional ethics in the solar PV trade
  • Design a residential roof mounted, grid tied PV system
  • Conduct a thorough site assessment
  • Size a PV system to a customer’s unique needs and desires
  • Be introduced to the fundamentals of battery based and bimodal distributed energy generation systems
  • Complete the following installations:
  • Residential roof mount
  • Ground mounted array
  • Pole mounted array with microinverters
  • Commercial ballasted system
  • Standing seem, non-penetrating roof mount
  • tenK solar system with reflection panels
Learning Objectives

COURSE <br /> CURRICULUM

Curriculum for the Solar PV Hands-On Design and Installation Workshop

This course covers an in-depth selection of topics essential to working in the solar industry. Click on the "Read more" links below to see a breakdown of this course day by day.
PV Design & Installation DAY 1 PV Design & Installation DAY 2 PV Design & Installation DAY 3 PV Design & Installation DAY 4 PV Design & Installation DAY 5
  • Introduction to solar energy and PV systems
  • Overview of solar industry
  • Grid-tied and off-grid PV systems
  • Electrical basics
  • Power, energy, and electricity
  • Electrical arithmetic and Ohm's Law
  • PV cells, modules, and arrays
  • All about solar cells and modules
  • Modules specifications: Watts, voltage at open current, short-circuit current, nominal voltage
  • I-V curves, series and parallel array circuits
  • System components and configurations
  • Solar panels, inverters, mounting
  • Solar energy fundamentals
  • Sun and earth relationships, sunpaths
  • PV system sizing
  • Overview of solar industry
  • DC and AC power
  • Main electrical components
  • System sizing
  • Wire sizing, wire specs and ratings
  • Utility integration
  • Breakers and disconnects
  • Utility and code regulations
  • Site factors affecting performance
  • Inverters
  • Operation and efficiency
  • Online sizing and performance tools
  • Mechanical intergration
  • Mounting systems for residential and commercial purposes
  • Roof loading performance issues
  • Economic analysis
  • System costs
  • Payback/ROI
  • Safety equipment and procedures
  • Solar site survey and analysis
  • System site survey
  • Hands-on Lab: Installation of 16-module grid-tied array on mock roof
  • Worksheets
  • Interconnection
  • Troubleshooting
  • Hands-on Lab: Installation of 4-module grid-tied pole mount
  • Microinverters
  • Microinverter and array monitoring systems
  • Hands-on Lab: Installation of 16-module live commercial ground mount
  • Tilt and azimuth analysis
  • Insolation and solar access analysis
  • Hands-on Lab: Installation of 4-module ballasted mount system
  • Energy and the economy
  • Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs)
  • Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards (REPS)
  • Project financials: Rebates, tax credits, financing
  • Understanding the PV market
  • Review
  • Practice exams
  • Evaluations and certificate presentation

WHO SHOULD <br /> TAKE THIS CLASS?

Do You Have What it Takes?

Absolutely! One of the number one questions we hear is "What sort of background do I need to take this course?". The answer in short is absolutely nothing. Our core courses, such as this one, are designed for everyone. Whether you are a beginner, an enthusiast, a skilled tradesman, or a businessman, we have taken great care to make sure our courses are as accessible as possible to everyone. Some of the people we see come through our door include: HVAC/R professionals, electricians, plumbers, homebuilders/architects, contractors, engineers, product wholesalers/resellers, salespeople, students, enthusiasts, and more.

Prerequisites

Basics math skills; familiarity with equations, fractions and algebra. Basic Reading Comprehension. Basic computer skills. Ability to safely lift 50 lbs; be comfortable with heights above six feet.
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READY TO <br /> REGISTER?

Register Today!

The Solar PV Hands-On Design and Installation Workshop take place every month at one our various locations across the country. If you would like to see what dates and cities are available, please check the "Upcoming Class Dates" at the top right of this page.

Payment Options

Course Price: $1750 Accepted Payments: Credit Card or Check Payment Plans: Did you know that we offer payment plans for certain students?*
Course Course Length Old Price New Price Down Payment Monthly Payment (3 Months)
Hands-On Solar PV Design & Installation Workshop 5 Days $1950 $1750 $500 $417
  For Questions and Registration: Contact one of our admissions counselors today! Call toll free at 1-888-311-4786 or locally at (215)-464-6460. You can also contact us by clicking here and filling out this form.

REGULATIONS, REQUIREMENTS, <br /> & DISCLAIMERS

Regulations & Requirements by State

Please note that each state has different agencies, laws, and regulations that govern student eligibility to attend our courses. Students must make sure that they meet all requirements outlined by respective Departments of Education to be able to attend our courses and that they follow all guidelines and requirements. There currently are no restrictions to attending courses at our campus in Newark, New Jersey. For more information on the course location you are interested in, please review the information below:
States Student Qualifications
California Courses are open to the public, including all entry level job seekers.
Maryland Courses are for continuing education purposes only. Enrollment is restricted to electricians and contractors who are affiliated with United Electric Supply. The program is insufficient in length and content to qualify as entry level occupational training. Students must sign documents indicating that the enrollment restrictions have been met.
Massachuesetts Students must be associates with, register, and pay through our partner NorthEast Electrical Supply. No students may pay Infinite Solar for the course directly. Courses are currently restricted to professionals seeking continuing education or business to business training.
New Jersey Courses have been fully approved by the New Jersey Department of Education and are open to the public, including entry level job seekers.
Pennsylvania Courses are currently restricted to professionals seeking continuing education or business to business training.
Other States Contact us for more info.

Legal Disclaimer

While Infinite Solar is an approved provider of the NABCEP Entry Level Exam, it has no other official affiliation with the organization and the statements below reflects Infinite Solar's interpretation of NABCEP policies, and should not be perceived as a statement directly from NABCEP.
 

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