Short-Course Professional Development Workshops

All short course workshops are either part of or offer a complementary education piece to the Renewable Energy Technology Diploma Series.

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Financing Commercial Solar Projects

Troubleshooting Solar Thermal Hot Water Systems

NEC for PV Course

Solar Storage Workshop

Operations and Maintenance for PV Systems Workshop

Hands-on PV Lab

One-Day Solar Business Basics

PV Fundamentals for PV Practitioners

Small Wind Workshop

LEED Green Associate


NEW! Financing Commercial Solar Projects

October 19, 2016

Learn some ways to effectively communicate your commercial-scale solar project with financiers and banks in this day-long workshop. Instructing the course is Corey Call, founder of Whole Com in San Francisco, CA. He has developed projects and optimized the process of commercial sales, while learning Solar Finance common themes of successful companies in CA. Corey brings his unique insight to North Carolina to help open the commercial solar market space.

Fee: $500

Register here.


NEW! Troubleshooting Solar Thermal Hot Water Systems

November 4, 2016

This day-long workshop will go through a series of exercises on how to troubleshoot domestic solar hot water systems. Be prepared to work in the field for half the day. The class will meet in the Center’s Training Room on campus. Solar Thermal veteran Fred Stewart will lead this class.

Fee: $399

Register here.


NEW! NEC for PV Course

November 28 – December 9, 2016

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

Register here.


NEW! Solar Storage Workshop

April 5 – 7, 2016 and October 26 – 28, 2016

This 3-day 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.

Fee: $699

Learn more and register here.


NEW! O&M for PV Systems Workshop

April 14 – 15, 2016 and October 20 – 21, 2016

This new 2-day 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.

Fee: $649

Learn more and register here.


NEW! Small Wind Energy Workshop

June 3 – 4, 2016

This new 2 -day workshop, held in collaboration with Appalachian State’s Small Wind Research and Demonstration Site will cover the typical costs, economics and maintenance involved with a distributed wind energy project. Participants will learn about a variety of distributed wind energy technologies, and successful case studies. There will be both classroom and “hands-on” activities for workshop attendees.

Fee: $400 – 500

Learn more and register here.


PV Fundamentals for PV Practitioners

Anytime, anywhere

Are you already doing solar but need to fulfill educational requirements (prerequisites for other workshops; NABCEP Certification)? Or do you work for a clean energy organization and need to make sure you can walk the walk and talk the talk?  Look no further. This 30-hour online, on-demand course will give you the review you need to solidify your understanding of your job, while giving you the flexibility to do your job. This is not for everyone. You will still receive a Certificate of Completion and can be eligible for PDHs. But you won’t be eligible to sit for the NABCEP Associate Exam. When paired with the advanced PV class, it will give you more than enough contacts hours to fulfill your NABCEP training requirements. You must complete the course within 60 days.

Fee: $499

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This 2 day LEED GA Exam Prep course is brought to you jointly by the Center and Everblue.  The LEED Green Associate credential is intended for professionals who want to demonstrate green building expertise in non-technical fields of practice. The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) has created the LEED Green Associate credential, which denotes basic knowledge of green design, construction and operations, the fundamentals of green building practices, from construction site selection, to water efficiency, to energy conservation and material resources. The LEED Green Associate designation provides a general understanding of LEED concepts and sustainable building practices, and is the first course that anyone new to LEED should take.

      • Learn proven strategies for taking and passing the GA Exam (over 90% pass rate!)
      • Identify the key components of the LEED Rating Systems
      • Understand the LEED Certification application process
      • Familiarize you with successful LEED and green building strategies
      • Obtain certificate of completion from a USGBC Accredited training provider

Detailed agenda

Course counts toward: Professional Development Hours (PDH)- 0.8; American Institute of Architects LU’s(AIA)-8

For questions on course content contact Trey Hudson at


$595 – Early Bird Fee- (up to 2 weeks before class start date)
$645 – Regular Fee- (within 2 weeks of class start date)

Click here to register. 2016 dates to be announced.


Hands-on PV lab

This  day-long hands-on class is for those who have taken the 40-hour basics of design and installation of PV systems (REPV) workshop.  The workshop begins with an overview of safety, system components, system design, and solar fundamentals.  During the course of the workshop you will be filling out “balance-of-system” worksheets to ensure you understand sound PV system design practices.  You will also be installing a live, grid-tied PV system, from mounting the modules, to wiring the inverter, and finally, to commissioning the system.

Fee: $249

Dates (click on hyperlink to register): April 1, 2016, November 10, 2016


One-Day Solar Business Basics

February 19, 2016 and August 10, 2016

This one day course, which is also a part of the Certificate in Renewable Energy Management,  introduces participants to the heart of the solar industry’s success. During the first half of the course, our in-house DSIRE staff and NCSEA’s Director of Government Affairs discuss local, utility, state and federal policy and incentives that foster solar implementation. The second portion of the course illustrates how policy affects the financial viability of renewable energy projects.

NOTE: Opting to take this as a stand-alone will not count towards the 40 – hour CREM program.

Fee: $499

Register for: February 19, 2016, Spring 2017 TBA


PV Technical Sales

Online On-demand coming soon. Also see CREM Schedule.

Course Hours Counts Toward:

Professional Development Hours (PDH)- 24
American Institute of Architects LU’s(AIA)-24
Accountant CPA’s -24
Lawyer CLE’s-7.5

This new 3-day 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. Find out more here.



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