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.

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Registration: Fees and Schedule

Course Description

Learning Objectives

Attendance and Student Conduct Policies

Instructor and Training Provider Credentials

Credits and Certification Pathways

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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

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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:

In-person: November 13 – 17, 2017 or November 12 – 16, 2018

Online: April 23 – June 1, 2018

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


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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

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