PV Fundamentals

REPV: Fundamentals of Design and Installation of PV Systems

February 14 – March 23, 2017

October 3 – November 9, 2017

This is a 6 week, 40 hour, photovoltaic workshop under the Renewable Energy Technologies Diploma Series. 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 Technology Center training annex, which will be offered throughout the year.

 

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Fee: $899

 

To earn full credit, you must complete all assignments and quizzes.

 

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

PV Advance Design

REPV(A): Advanced Design and Installation of PV Systems

April 24 – June 2, 2017

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. As a continuation of REPV, REPV(A) offers more in-depth knowledge on the design of commercial and utility-scale PV systems. The bulk of this online workshop covers topics relating to the National Electric Code requirements for PV systems and prepares the participants 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.

 

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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. 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.

 

Fee: $999

 

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

Solar Thermal

REST: Fundamentals of Design and Installation of Solar Thermal Systems

April 17 – May 26, 2017  

 

This six-week online 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.

 

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Learning Objectives:

  • 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

 

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

 

Fee: $899

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

NEC for PV

July 17 – 28, 2017

This 8-hour online workshop will walk you through the requirements for PV in the National Electrical Code. Meeting “live” twice and having many of the topics covered as a pre-recorded lecture throughout the two weeks, this course provides maximum flexibility while maintaining open communications with the instructors. This is a class designed for AHJs and those working in the PV industry. Earn NABCEP Continuing Education credits! PV veterans Rebekah Hren and Brian Mehallic instructs the course.
Fee: $350

PV Technical Sales

March 27 – April 7, 2017

September 25 – October 6, 2017

This new online PV Technical Sales course is a new program consistent with the NABCEP PV Technical Sales Job Task Analysis. Paired with the 40-hour REPV: Renewable Energy Generation with Photovoltaic Systems, this class is designed to fulfill the education requirements to sit for the NABCEP PV Technical Sales Certification Exam.

 

Recent local and state policies and programs have been driving the demand for solar power. With this comes an increased need for qualified solar sales professionals. This course is designed for professionals and students eager to join or expand their skills and be successful in the residential space of the solar industry.  The goal of the online PV Technical Sales course is to provide a foundational background in PV technology, an understanding of financial models and tax incentives, and a step-by-step process of evaluating a customer for a solar PV system to making the sale.

 

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the fundamentals of how solar photovoltaic technologies work.
  • Define the factors that go into what makes a roof location attractive for solar.
  • Communicate the value of a solar investment.
  • Understand how policies, incentives and regulations can affect a customer interested in investing in solar.
  • Recognize a step-by-step process from evaluating a potential customer to making the sale.
  • Get NABCEP Technical Sales education credits for the NABCEP PV Technical Sales Certification Exam (must meet other NABCEP requirements).

 

Continuing Education Credits:

Continuing education credits are available for registered architects, professional engineers and Certified Public Accountants and lawyers. This course, combined with the REPV: Renewable Energy Generation with Photovoltaic Systems, will satisfy the educational requirements to sit for the NABCEP PV Technical Sales Certification Exam.

Fee: $1,149.00

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