O&M

O & M: Operations and Maintenance

This new 2-day workshop is essential for those involved in the operations and maintenance of PV Systems. And while solar farms are the most common projects needing O&M, companies with large commercial and residential scale project portfolios will likely need O&M as well.

The workshop will cover: evaluating performance of systems, including  specific data collection and evaluation, as well as protocols for collection; arc flash requirements; finding ground faults; thermal imaging;  IV curve tracing and fuse servicing.   ISPQ Certified Master PV Trainer David Del Vecchio instructs this course.

 

Taken with the 3-day Solar Storage Workshop and two 40-hour courses, this workshop can fulfill the requirements to complete the Renewable Energy Technologies Diploma.

Prerequisite: REPV or equivalent PV fundamentals course

 

 

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Take measurements to evaluate performance
  • Test insulation resistance and interpret IV curves
  • Find ground faults
  • Find underperforming/faulty modules and inverters
  • Design an O&M work plan and protocol for safety

 

Registration and 2017 Schedule:

$649.

June 14 – 15, 2017.  Register here.

October 19 – 20, 2017.  Register here.

 

Location:

NCSU Campus, Raleigh, NC

 

For more information:

1. N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center Training Programs Information Sheet

2. Logistics and Lodging

3. Contact Lyra_Rakusin@ncsu.edu or call 919-624-3061, and ask to join our mailing list.

RESNET

RESNET HERS Rater

This 40-hour course is brought to you jointly by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center and Everblue.  It is one of eight courses housed under the award-winning Renewable Energy Technologies Diploma Series and teaches the concepts and skills necessary to provide homeowners and home builders a detailed analysis of energy consumption and money-saving energy conservation strategies as well as all the information needed to take the RESNET Rater Certification test.

The live classroom setting allows each student to complete two energy models. On the first model, the student uses a set of building drawings to predict energy performance of a home that is not yet built. On the second model, they apply actual test data gained during field training to build a model of an existing home. Both models can be used to identify the most cost-effective energy improvement options available to a homeowner or home builder.  The class includes a thorough review of basic energy concepts, field experience with blower door testing and duct blasting, training on the latest version of rating software, and performing a home energy rating and entering the data into REM/Rate.

 

Topics Covered:

  • Basics of  Building Science
  • Basics of Energy Auditing
  • Blower Door Testing Procedures Duct Blaster Testing
  • Construction Flaws
  • Combustion Safety
  • Energy Modeling
  • RESNET National Standards

 

Download the detailed agenda.

For questions on course content contact Trey Hudson at treyh@everbluetraining.com

 

Course Materials:

  • Online Resources for Pre-Course Study
  • Everblue’s RESNET HERS Rater Handbook
  • Live Field Training
  • Exposure to REM/Rate Energy Modeling Software
  • Two Provisional Field Inspections
  • HERS Rater Exam

 

Location:

Classroom: N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center 1575 Varsity Drive Raleigh, NC 27606

Field training:  Raleigh locations to be determined

 

Who Should Attend:

Architects, Engineers, Home Builders, Designers,Home Inspectors, HVAC Professionals,  and General Contractors

 

Registration and Fees:

RESNET Training and Certification Package: $2,699 ($2,799 for late registration)

RESNET Training: $2,199 ($2,299 for late registration)

Register now.

 

Dates:

2017: January 23-24, 26-27; May 8-9, 11-12; September 11-12, 14-15; December 4-5, 7-8

 

Course Counts Towards:

Professional Development Hours (PDH)- 40
RESNET HERS Rater Certification
NCSU Renewable Energy Technologies Diploma

Register now.

BPI

BPI Building Analyst and Envelope Professional (in partnership with Everblue)

This 5 day course is brought to you jointly by the Center and Everblue and can be counted towards the award-winning Renewable Energy Technologies Diploma Series. The class includes technical theory in the classroom, an assessment exam, and field training and exam.

Building Performance Institute(BPI) Certification is a necessary step for professionals looking to get ahead in the green energy industry that is currently in such high demand. The Building Performance Institute (BPI) Building Analyst and Envelope Professional course will teach you basic principles of building science to assess energy efficiency in a home while also monitoring conditions that have a direct impact on human health and safety. The course will end with you earning your BPI Certification. BPI Standards emphasize the ‘house-as-a-system’ approach to inspecting a home, meaning that all systems are interconnected, from the HVAC equipment, to the envelope, the foundation, walls, roof, doors and windows. You will learn how to use diagnostic equipment such as the blower door and the combustion analyzer to ensure systems are functioning together correctly to maximize home performance, comfort, energy efficiency, safety and durability. An energy auditor with BPI certification gives homeowners peace of mind knowing that the professional meets the national standards of the Building Performance Institute and that he has passed both a written and a hands-on field exam.

 

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn basic principles of building science & ‘house-as-a-system’ approach
  • Learn how to use a blower door fan & other diagnostic equipment
  • Help homeowners save money on their energy bill
  • Train to become a certified BPI Building Analyst and Envelope Professional

Download detailed agenda.

For questions on course content : contact Trey Hudson at treyh@everbluetraining.com

 

Who Should Attend:

Architects, Engineers, Home Builders, Designers,Home Inspectors, HVAC Professionals, HERS Raters, and General Contractors

 

Registration and Fees:

$2,699 – Early Bird Fee- (up to 2 weeks before class start date)
$2,799 – Regular Fee- (within 2 weeks of class start date)

Register now.

 

Dates:

2016: December 5-9

2017: February 27-28, March 2; April 10-11, 13; June 19-20, 22; August 21-22, 24; October 30-31, November 2; December 18-19, 21

Register now.

 

Location:

Classroom: NC Clean Energy Technology Center, 1575 Varsity Drive Raleigh, NC 27606
Field training:  Raleigh locations to be determined- you will be told in class

 

Note:

If you simply need to RE-certify your BPI credentials only and don’t need the full 40 hour course, contact Trey Hudson – treyh@everbluetraining.com

 

Course Counts Toward:

Professional Development Hours (PDH)- 40
American Institute of Architects LU’s(AIA)- 40
Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI)- 40
BPI BA And ES Dual Certification- 40
NCSU Renewable Energy Technologies Diploma- 40

 

CREM

CREM: Certificate in Renewable Energy Management

 

Business professionals and students are keenly aware of the changing energy landscape. Many professionals want to know more about the renewable energy industry but find that available workshops on renewables are too technical or geared for the installer. The goal of the CREM program is not only to provide a sound foundation of how existing renewable energy technologies work, but also to have a firm grasp of policies and financial options so they can make informed decisions as a manager and businessperson in the renewable energy industry.

The 40-hour CREM program is part of the Renewable Energy Technologies Diploma Series. If you wish to complete the Diploma Series, save 20% by registering for our Packaged Programs.

 

Learning Objectives

CREM graduates will be able to:

  • Understand the fundamentals of how solar electric and solar thermal technologies work.
  • Describe renewable energy policy terminology.
  • Understand how federal, state and local policies, incentives and regulations can affect the health of the renewable energy industry.
  • Navigate the current financial landscape and assess different financial models
  • Get NABCEP Technical Sales education credits for the NABCEP PV Technical Sales Certification Exam (must meet other NABCEP requirements)

 

Don’t need the Certificate? You can take these short-courses housed under the CREM program.

Click to download the Full Course Syllabus.

 

Topics and Activities Include:

Technology

  • Basics of how solar technologies work
  • Technology applications and business considerations
  • Common technical issues
  • Future of the grid
  • Tour of systems

Policy

  • Overview of the renewable energy policy landscape
  • Definitions and how policy design impacts financial investments
  • Maximize the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE) website

Finance

  • Overview of financing options for residential and commercial Systems
  • RECs, sRECs and Carbon Credits
  • Identifying revenue streams
  • Risk management and contract structuring

Additional topics for marketing, sales, and understanding the permitting process will likewise be offered.

 

Course Instructor Credentials:

Instructors in this course include:

 

Training Provider Credentials:

IREC ISPQ Training Program Accreditation

 

Course Hours Count Toward:

NABCEP PV Technical Sales Certification-40
NABCEP Continuing Education PV Installer Re-Certification – 40
Professional Development Hours(PDH)- 40
Continuing Legal Education (CLE)- 15
CPA Continuing Professional Education (CPE)- 11.5

 

Schedule:

February 2 – March 10, 2017. Onsite dates: February 2, 3, and 17; March 10. Register here.

August 2 – 31, 2017. Onsite dates: August 2, 3, 11, and 31. Register here.

Please email lyra_rakusin@ncsu.edu for more information.

Registration Fee:

$1,998 . You can pay in installments. Click on the aforementioned dates to register.

Are you a student? You may be eligible for a discount. Contact Lyra_Rakusin@ncsu.edu.

If you plan to complete your Renewable Energy Technologies Diploma, register for a package and save!

 

Location:

The program is onsite and online. Participants are required to be present in Raleigh, North Carolina on the three days and last day of the course. The rest of the course topics will be an online 2-hour or less webinar that may be retrieved at a later time. This provides more flexibility to those who cannot attend the live online session.

 

Expectations and Outcomes:

Participants will be required to attend 90% of the class, present a group project and a 5-10 page document of their project to complete the program. Successful students receive a non-degree certificate from NC State University.

 

Don’t need the Certificate? Register for these CREM classes individually:

One-day Solar Business Basics

This day-long class covers and overview of federal and North Carolina policies, policies that drive global and domestic markets, solar financial modeling, and ownership structures using tax credits. $449

Credits: 8 PDHs, 8 CPA, 6.5 CLE

Click hyperlinked dates to register:

February 17, 2017

August 9, 2017

For more information contact Lyra Rakusin  or 919.513.7769

REPV: Fundamentals

REPV: Renewable Energy Generation with Photovoltaics

The classroom lectures of the REPV workshop are dedicated to the technical aspect of photovoltaics, including system types, components, applications, design and best practices for installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting. A hands-on day installing a fully integrated grid-tied PV system pulls together the classroom knowledge and rounds out the five-day workshop. An optional NABCEP Associate Exam (formerly known as the Entry Level Exam) is offered at the conclusion of the course.

 

Course Description:

This course is one of eight courses housed under the award-winning Renewable Energy Technologies Diploma Series. The REPV is an IREC ISPQ accredited associate PV course covering the fundamentals of design and installation of photovoltaic systems. The 40-hour course is based on NABCEP’s Learning Objectives for NABCEP PV Associate.  A hands-on day installing a fully integrated grid-tied PV system pulls together the classroom knowledge and rounds out the five-day workshop. An optional NABCEP Associate Exam is offered at the conclusion of the course.

Please note this is not NABCEP certification, it is simply an indicator of knowledge gained at the Associate and a differentiator to a potential employer. You must meet additional education and experiential requirements to sit for the NABCEP Certification exam. This training counts toward the entry level educational requirement (other requirements needed) on the journey to becoming a NABCEP Certified PV installer.

 

Learning Objectives:

  • At the end of the class, you should be able to:
  • Calculate electrical energy and power
  • Identify optimum sites for solar electric systems
  • Calculate electrical loads
  • Design a basic grid-tie PV system
  • Understand PV system specification sheets
  • Perform safety standards of installing PV systems
  • Install a PV system with a lead installer
  • Identify your competency level regarding the tasks on the NABCEP Solar PV Task Analysis and gauge readiness to take the NABCEP PV Associate Exam based on NABCEP Associate Learning Objectives
  • Take and pass the optional  NABCEP PV Associate Exam offered at the end of the week

Download the Full Course Syllabus 

 

Attendance Policy:

You must be present in 90% of the course in order to receive course credit.  Twice a day a sign-in sheet will go around to track attendance. Assessment Policy: Multiple choice quizzes covering lecture content and supplementary reading content are an additional requirement for successful course completion. Quizzes must be passed by 75% or better  in order to receive course credit.

 

Student Conduct:

Students are required to comply with the University policy on academic honesty and integrity found in the Code of Student Conduct, outlined here.

 

Registration Fee:

$1,099 onsite

$899 online (register for the optional hands-on lab separately)

Make it a Diploma Package and save 20%. Click here.

 

REPV Schedule & Registration:

Onsite Dates:

 

Classes run Monday – Friday from 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM. Online courses are held for 6-weeks, Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 2:30 PM. To earn full credit, you must be in class for 90% of the time.

 

Online REPV: Renewable Energy Generation with Photovoltaic Systems

This 6-week online class is the REPV online equivalent without the hands-on installation day. This is a 6 week, 40 hour, photovoltaic workshop under the Renewable Energy Technologies Diploma Series. This course gives participants the flexibility to take courses online – either through the 2 weekly scheduled live sessions or the 2 weekly recorded lectures. Live online classes will take place twice a week, 2.5 hours each session. These live lectures take place every Tuesday and Thursday from 12:00pM-2:30 PM. Those who cannot attend the live lectures can watch the recorded versions. Online REPV is dedicated to the technical aspect of photovoltaics, including solar fundamentals and proper system siting, electrical load analysis and system sizing, system types, components , applications, wiring and best practices with respect to installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting. This course covers all topics included in the NABCEP associate learning objectives. Supplemental readings and assignment submittals are required in addition to the lectures. Multiple choice quizzes with a total of 150 questions covering lecture content and supplementary reading content are an additional requirement for successful course completion. Quizzes must be passed by 70% or better. An optional NABCEP Associate Exam is offered after successful completion of the course.  After completing this class, we recommend  taking the 1 day hands-on grid-tied PV installation class, at the NC Clean Energy Technoloy Center training annex, which will be offered throughout the year.

View the Full Course Syllabus

 

Online REPV Registration Fee and Schedule:

$899  

NOTE: NABCEP Associate exam has separate exam fee. Hands-on PV Lab is optional and must be purchased separately

 

Course Instructor Credentials:

  • IREC ISPQ Affiliated Master Trainer Certification
  • NABCEP PV Installation Professional Certification

 

Training Provider Credentials:

  • IREC ISPQ Training Program Accreditation
  • Registered provider of the NABCEP Associate PV Exam

 

Course Hours Count Toward:

  • NC Electrical Contractor CEUs- 24(onsite) /12(online)
  • Professional Development Hours(PDH)- 40/ 32 (online)
  • NABCEP PV Installer Exam Education Requirements – 40
  • NABCEP Continuing Education PV Installer Recertification – 40

 

Learn More

1. N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center Training Programs Information Sheet

2. Logistics and Lodging

3. NABCEP’s Associate Learning Objectives

4. NABCEP Associate Exam

5. NABCEP Certified PV Installation Professional

6. Contact: Lyra D. Rakusin or (919) 624-3061, and ask to join our mailing list.

 

REPVA

REPV (A): Advanced Design & Installation of Photovoltaic Systems

This 40-hour course covers advanced topics to consider when designing commercial and utility -scale PV systems. The REPV: Renewable Energy Generation with PV Systems (or equivalent) is required before taking this advanced course.

Register now, or learn more about how to earn the Renewable Energy Technologies Diploma by registering for Package Programs.

Course Description
This course counts for the 40 hour advanced PV course education requirement  found in SEC 3.5 of the NABCEP Candidate Handbook needed to sit for the NABCEP PV Installation Professional Certification Exam.  The bulk of this week-long workshop covers topics relating to the National Electrical Code® (NEC) requirements for PV systems and prepares the participant for proper code compliance, wire sizing, equipment specifications, permit processing, commissioning and other necessary steps in the design and installation phases of residential and commercial systems. Activities in this workshop include designing a multiple inverter commercial PV system, from choosing equipment to processing forms, and a tour of commercial PV systems.

 

Learning Objectives

At the end of the class, you should be able to:

  • Identify optimum sites for solar electric systems using IV curve tracer; shading live system; Pathfinder
  • Calculate inverter efficiency
  • Navigate and interpret NEC Article 690
  • Identify and interpret  required disconnects, combiner specifications, mechanical drawings
  • Calculate tilt angle; inter-row shading
  • Understand commissioning
  • Troubleshoot ground faults
  • Design and wire diagram a complex commercial scale system

 

Attendance Policy:

You must be present in 90% of the course in order to receive course credit.  Twice a day a sign-in sheet will go around to track attendance. Assessment Policy: Multiple choice quizzes covering lecture content and supplementary reading content are an additional requirement for successful course completion. Quizzes must be passed by 75% or better  in order to receive course credit.

 

Student Conduct:
Students are required to comply with the University policy on academic honesty and integrity found in the Code of Student Conduct, outlined here.

 

Registration Fee:

$999 online

$1,399 in-person

 

Schedule & Registration:

Online: April 24 – June 2, 2017  Register here.

In-person: November 13 – 17, 2017  Register here.

Classes run from 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM. To earn full credit, you must be in class for 90% of the time.

Download the full course syllabus.

 

Course Instructor Credentials:

ISPQ Affiliated Master Trainer Certification
NABCEP PV Installer Certification

 

Training Provider Credentials:

ISPQ Training Program Accreditation
Registered provider of the NABCEP Associate PV Exam

 

Course Hours Count Toward:

NC Electrical Contractor CEUs- 24
Professional Development Hours (PDH)- 40
NABCEP PV Installer Exam Education Requirements – 40
NABCEP Continuing Education PV Installer Recertification- 40

 

Learn More

1. N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center Training Programs Information Sheet

2. Logistics and Lodging

3. NABCEP

4. Contact Lyra Rakusin at (919) 624-3061, and ask to join our mailing list.

Solar Storage

Solar Storage Workshop

This workshop will cover fundamental principles of battery based systems. At the end of the class, participants will be able to assist in designing and installing a residential PV system with battery back-up. We highly recommend that participants have taken our 40-hour PV fundamentals class, REPV: Renewable Energy Generation with PV Systems, or equivalent. David DelVecchio, ISPQ Certified Master Trainer for PV will be teaching the course.

 

Learning Objectives:

1.  Using load analysis size a battery bank.

2.  Specify and size inverters, charge controllers for battery based system.

3.  Define system architecture options and functionality

4.  Add battery backup to existing grid direct PV system

5.  Understand code implications of these systems.

 

Learning Outcome:

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to assist in designing and installing a residential PV system with battery back-up.

 

Registration:

$699.00

April 4 – 6, 2017. Register here.

December 13-15, 2017. Register here.

 

Learn More:

1. N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center Training Programs Information Sheet

2. Logistics and Lodging

3. Email Lyra Rakusin or call (919) 624-3061, and ask to join our mailing list.

REST

REST: Fundamentals of Solar Thermal Design and Installation

This online course is one of eight courses housed under the award-winning Renewable Energy Technologies Diploma Series. This six-week workshop on Solar Thermal technology focuses on domestic solar hot water systems, but will discuss the various applications of solar thermal technology. You will learn how to site a system based on solar fundamentals and how to size a system based on thermal load analysis. You will explore system components, types, and designs as well as best practices regarding installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting. A hands-on installation of both a fully-operational drain-back and a pressurized glycol system will cap this course.

 

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the course, you should be able to:

  • Identify system components, system types and applications
  • Identify optimum sites for solar thermal systems
  • Define NC code requirements for solar thermal systems
  • Calculate thermal load for a solar thermal system
  • Identify the appropriate type of solar thermal system based on application, site and load
  • Calculate piping and flow rates to correctly size
  • Design a solar thermal system given certain criteria
  • Troubleshoot a solar thermal system in several scenarios
  • Safely and correctly assist in installing 2 types of domestic solar hot water systems – a pressurized glycol unit and a drain back system
  • Identify your competency level regarding the tasks on the NABCEP Solar Heating Task Analysis and gauge readiness to take the NABCEP Solar Heating Associate Exam based on NABCEP Associate Learning Objectives
  • Take and pass the optional Solar Heating  NABCEP Associate Exam offered at the end

 

Download Full Course Syllabus

 

About NABCEP

An optional NABCEP Solar Heating (SH) Associate Exam is offered. Please note this is not NABCEP certification, it is simply an indicator of knowledge gained at the Associate and a differentiator to a potential employer. You must meet additional experiential requirements to sit for the NABCEP Solar Heating Installer Certification Exam. This course counts toward the educational requirement (other requirements needed) on the journey to becoming a NABCEP Certified Solar Heating Installer

 

REST Registration Fee and Schedule:

$899  April 17 – May 26, 2017. Register here.

Want to complete the RET Diploma and save 20%? Click here for our Packaged Programs.

 

Course Instructor Credentials:

NABCEP SH Technical Committee Member

 

Training Provider Credentials:

ISPQ Training Program Accreditation
Registered provider of the NABCEP Associate SH Exam

 

Course Hours Count Toward:

Professional Development Hours (PDH)- 40
American Institute of Architects LU’s(AIA)- 40
NABCEP SH Installer Exam Education Requirements – 40
NABCEP Continuing Education SH Installer Recertification- 40

 

Learn More

1. N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center Training Programs Information Sheet

2. Logistics and Lodging

3. Contact: Lyra Rakusin or (919) 624-3061, and ask to join our mailing list.

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Members of the community can get involved in the clean transportation conversation via our Fuel What Matters campaign. Visit FuelWhatMatters.org to learn more. NCSU students can get involved through our semester long internship program. Future events for North Carolinians to get behind the wheel of clean transportation vehicles will start at the beginning of 2017. Aside from the events mentioned above, there will be other events coming soon. Be sure to watch this space as new events will be added regularly.

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