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Solar Thermal Hands-On Design & Installation Workshop

Come experience the most in-depth and professional solar thermal system design and installation course in the United States!
Course Code: SOL102
Modeled after our famous Solar PV training courses, the Solar Thermal Design & Installation course is the most in-depth and up-to-date course of its kind found anywhere in the country. High quality training led by experienced and professional instructors on the most current technologies will put you on the path to being successful in the solar industry.Solar power has become increasingly popular over the past decade, providing electricity for millions of homes and businesses across the world and right behind it is solar thermal power. Often referred to as the “sleeping giant” of the solar power industry, solar thermal power uses similar technologies to solar PV to successfully heat water and provide air conditioning in homes and businesses.This course covers fundamentals in design, installation, and evaluation of residential and commercial solar thermal systems. The course curriculum is based on standards set by IREC, the most recognized credentialing agency of renewable energy systems.The solar thermal training includes the use of various tools and techniques, solar thermal component operation and connection, system design and sizing, and standard requirements and practices.



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 Thermal 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

Frank Proske in Phladelphia


What You Will Learn

Students attending this course can expect to learn about the following topics in class:
  • Collector orientation, design, and function
  • Solar thermal applications (pool, space, and water heating)
  • Open and closed loop systems
  • Service and troubleshooting
  • Hands-on installation labs (flush mount and rail mount)
  • Pump and tank selection and configuration
  • Residential and commercial attachments
Learning Objectives


Curriculum for the Solar Thermal 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.
Thermal Design & Installation DAY 1 Thermal Design & Installation DAY 2 Thermal Design & Installation DAY 3 Thermal Design & Installation DAY 4 Thermal Design & Installation DAY 5
  • Solar insulation
  • Collector orientation
  • Introduction to operating Solar Pathfinder
  • Lab—Using the Solar Pathfinder
  • Introduction to operating the Solmetric SunEye
  • Lab—Using the SunEye
  • Heat flow properties
  • Flat plate collector design
  • Low, medium, and high temperature collectors
  • Single and dual tank systems
  • Types and comparisons of solar water heating systems:
  • Active systems
  • Passive systems
  • Open loop direct
  • Closed loop indirect
  • Glycol closed loop
  • Steamback systems
  • Drainback systems
  • Different types of collector mounts
  • Lag mount
  • Spanner mount
  • J-Bolt mount
  • Lab—Flush mounting collectors
  • Lab—Rail mounting collectors
  • Open loop components
  • Closed loop clycol and steamback components
  • Closed loop drainback components
  • Differential control and sensors
  • Lab—Wire and program differential control
  • Safety equipment and procedures
  • Sealing and penetrations
  • Flush mount installations on asphalt shingle roofs
  • Rail mount installations on asphalt shingle roofs
  • Setting mounts on a tile roof
  • Solar heated swimming pool equipment and system layout
  • Lab—Install an open loop system
  • Charging closed loop systems
  • Lab—Install a closed loop system
  • Lab—Install a drainback system
  • Lab—Install a solar pool heating system
  • Service of open loop, closed loop glycol and drainback systems
  • Sales and marketing of solar thermal systems
  • Customer scenarios
  • Working with equipment and component distributors
  • British Thermal Units (BTU)
  • Solar rating and certification corporation (SRCC)
  • Using SRCC reports as a design tool
  • Collector efficiency curves
  • Using effiency curves as a design tool
  • Determine gallon capacity using BTU formula
  • Balancing multiple tank installation
  • Balancing single bankc collector arrays
  • Balancing muliple bank arrays
  • Pump selection, sizing, and configuring
  • Determining system fluid capacity
  • Attaching collectors to commercial buildings
  • Solar space heating siazing and design
  • Forced air
  • Radiant floor
  • Ground water source heat pumps
  • Solar pool heating and sizing and design
  • Solar thermal system flow rates vs. pool filtration systems


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.


Basics math skills; familiarity with equations, fractions and algebra. Basic Reading Comprehension. Basic computer skills. Ability to safely lift 50 lbs. Knowledge of basic plumbing a plus.
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Register Today!

The Solar Thermal Hands-On Design and Installation Workshop take place multiple times a year at our headquarters in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. If you would like to see what dates are available, please check the "Upcoming Class Dates" at the top right of this page.

Payment Options

Course Price: $1350 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 $1750 $1350 $500 $283
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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.