This course is intended to prepare experienced solar energy professionals (installers, electricians, designers, and project managers) for certification exams, such as that of the NABCEP Certified PV Installer. This course provides a rigorous and systematic approach to photovoltaic system integration. It is practical enough to provide the tools and skills necessary to calculate the availability of solar resources and/or circuit values and yet dynamic enough to keep pace with an industry that is still growing and changing rapidly, both in the U.S and abroad. It also serves as a study guide for experienced contractors and other technical professionals from other sectors seeking entry to the solar space. It is heavily, but not exclusively, based on the NABCEP PV Installer Job Task Analysis (JTA). Still, it does not address the subject at an introductory level. Instead, it is intended to fuse a variety of skills, experiences, and practices into a professional body of knowledge worthy of a certified practitioner working in the renewable energy industry.
You will learn the details of conducting site evaluations (including sun path readings, shading analyses, and trigonometry), construction (structural, mechanical, electrical) codes, materials, and methods and acquire real-world product knowledge along the way. You will also learn about solar energy itself, the electromagnetic spectrum, and how the foregoing elements are incorporated into a site-specific design. Next the course examines management of PV projects with respect to engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC). You will learn the concerns and considerations of actually delivering a PV project. Skilled project management is vital to the success of the PV industry in terms of credibility and profit margin and to yours within it. Demand for continuing education in project management is evident in the recently revised NABCEP JTA.
Lastly, you will learn the steps and strategies for when it is time to turn the power on. Commissioning and troubleshooting of PV systems rounds out the lesson topics and set the stage for the final exam.Attachments: