The N.C. Solar Center is launching the Solar Instructor Series with a week-long workshop on the fundamentals of designing and installing a photovoltaic system. “REPV: Renewable Energy Generation with Photovoltaics”, scheduled for July 9 – 13th, covers system types, components, applications, 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.
The Solar Instructor Series is part of a Train the Trainer program funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and administered by the N.C. Solar Center at N.C. State University. The goal is to train instructors in Maryland, District of Columbia, Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina so that they can to address a critical need for high-quality, local, and accessible training in solar electric system design, installation, sales, and inspection.
Recognizing the need for highly skilled and knowledgeable individuals to join the array of career paths in the solar workforce, the N.C. Solar Center is also offering a variety of workshops and online tools to help K-12 teachers, community college instructors, college professors, and local inspectors incorporate solar fundamentals into the classroom. Successful applicants receive up to 70 percent discount on registration fees and must be employed as an educator. Classes are taught at the McKimmon Center at N.C. State University in Raleigh, N.C. Seats are still available for the July 9th class.
Aside from a weeklong PV workshop, other workshops in the series include: the Certificate in Renewable Energy Management, Designing PV worksheets and activities: A workshop for STEM teachers and Technical Instructors, and webinars such as How to Land Your Green Energy Dream Job.