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.

Click on the hyper-linked courses to jump to the course description:

Policy and Finance

Financing Commercial Solar Projects

One-Day Solar Business Basics

PV Technical Sales

Trends in Solar Permitting and Inspections

Solar Technology

Troubleshooting Solar Thermal Hot Water Systems

NEC for PV Course

Solar Storage Workshop

Operations and Maintenance for PV Systems Workshop

Hands-on PV Lab

PV Fundamentals for PV Practitioners

Solar Fire and Safety

Other Clean Energy

Small Wind Workshop

LEED Green Associate

 


Financing Commercial Solar Projects

March 31, 2017

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. To learn more, click here.

Fee: $500

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Troubleshooting Solar Thermal Hot Water Systems

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. This is an excellent class for plumbing or established solar companies to attend. For interest, please sign up here.

Fee: $299 per person

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NEC for PV Course


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

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Solar Storage Workshop

April 4 – 6, 2017

December 13 – 15

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.

Fee: $699

Learn more and register here.

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O&M for PV Systems Workshop

June 14 – 15 and October 19 – 20, 2017

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.

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Small Wind Energy Workshop

June 2 – 3, 2017


This 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.

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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

Register here, then contact Megan Cain.

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LEED GREEN ASSOCIATE

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 treyh@everbluetraining.com
Fees:

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

Dates to be announced.

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Hands-on PV lab

April 21, 2017; and November 10, 2017

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

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One-Day Solar Business Basics

February 17, 2017

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

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PV Technical Sales


This 8 hour PV Technical Sales course is a new program consistent with the NABCEP PV Technical Sales Job Task Analysis. It will give a bird’s eye view of the seven categories of skills and knowledge that every solar technical sales associate must know:

1. Qualifying the Customer
2. Site Analysis
3. Conceptual Design
4. Financial Costs, Incentives and Savings
5. Financial Benefit Analysis and Financing
6. Non-Financial Benefit Analysis
7. Performance 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.

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Trends in Solar Permitting and Inspections

May 3, 2017

The workshop will provide the latest information on permit and inspection processes for PV systems that will enable communities to more effectively support residential and small commercial solar installations. Participants will be introduced to new guidelines on permitting and supporting resources will provide details for engineers that have specific questions.

Location: Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Dr, Chapel Hill, NC

Fee: Free*

* Registration is free. However, if you wish to purchase a notebook, lunch, and/or a parking pass, fees will apply.

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Solar Fire and Safety

May 24, 2017

North Carolina has seen an increase in photovoltaic (PV) installations on homes, businesses, and ground-mounted systems. This trend presents new challenges to first-responders. This workshop will train firefighters and emergency personnel on the safety precautions associated with recognizing and disabling PV systems during emergencies. 

Fee: Free*

* Registration is free. However, if you wish to purchase a notebook, lunch, and/or a parking pass, fees will apply.

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Learn More

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

2. Logistics and Lodging

3. Contact: Megan Cain at mdcain@ncsu.edu and ask to join our mailing list.