REPV: Fundamentals of Photovoltaic Design and Installation

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Spring Session: April 6 – 10, 2020

Fall Session: September 28 – October 2, 2020

Length: 40 Course Hours / 5 Days

Course Cost: $1,199*

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites to take this course.

Course Description: This course covers the fundamentals of design and installation of photovoltaic systems. The 40-hour course is based on NABCEP’s Learning Objectives for NABCEP PV Associate.  A hands-on day installing a fully integrated grid-tied PV system pulls together the classroom knowledge and rounds out the five-day, in-person workshop. An optional hands-on installation day is available to take after completing the online REPV course.

NABCEP PV Associate Exam: You are eligible to sit for the NABCEP PV Associate Exam after completing REPV.  Please note this is not NABCEP certification, it is simply an indicator of knowledge gained which allows you to sit for the NABCEP Associate Exam. This training counts toward the entry level educational requirement (if other requirements are met) on the journey to becoming a NABCEP Certified PV Installation Professional.

*Registration fee includes lunch, parking, a textbook, and a notebook!

*Payment plans are available.

REPVA: Advanced Photovoltaic Design and Installation

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Fall Session: October 12 – 16, 2020

Length: 40 Course Hours / 5 Days

Course Cost: $1,499*

Prerequisites: Working knowledge of solar PV; currently working in the solar industry; and/or have taken a fundamentals course such as REPV

Course Description: 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.

NABCEP PV Installation Professional: REPVA 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.  

*Registration fee includes lunch, parking, and a notebook!

*Payment plans are available.

PV Technical Sales

Available Dates: N/A

Course Cost: $1,149

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).

Solar Storage

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Spring Session: June 29 – July 1, 2020

Fall Session: November 16 – 18, 2020

Length: 24 Course Hours / 3 Days

Course Cost: $799*

Prerequisites: Working knowledge of solar PV; currently working in the solar industry; and/or have taken a fundamentals course such as REPV

Course Description: This three-day onsite 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. We highly recommend that participants have taken our 40-hour PV fundamentals class, REPV: Renewable Energy Generation with PV Systems, or equivalent.

Learning Objectives:

  • Using load analysis size a battery bank.
  • Specify and size inverters, charge controllers for battery based system.
  • Define system architecture options and functionality
  • Add battery backup to existing grid direct PV system
  • Understand code implications of these systems.

*Registration fee includes lunch, parking, and a notebook!

O&M: Operations and Maintenance of PV Systems

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Spring Session: June 11 – 12, 2020

Fall Session: November 5 – 6, 2020

Length: 18 Course Hours / 2 Days

Course Cost: $699*

Prerequisites: Working knowledge of solar PV; currently working in the solar industry; and/or have taken a fundamentals course such as REPV

Course Description: This two-day workshop held in Raleigh, NC 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

Learning Objectives: At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Take measurements to evaluate performance
  • Test insulation resistance and interpret IV curves
  • Find ground faults
  • Find under performing/faulty modules and inverters
  • Design an O&M work plan and protocol for safety

*Registration fee includes lunch, parking, and a notebook!

Solar Policy and Finance Workshop

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Fall Session: July 15, 2020

Length: 8 Course Hours / 1 Day

Individual Course Cost: $499*

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites to take this course, although a working knowledge of solar PV is recommended.

Course Description: This day-long class held in Raleigh, NC covers and overview of federal and North Carolina policies, policies that drive global and domestic markets, solar financial modeling, and ownership structures using tax credits.

Credits available include: 8 PDHs

*Registration fee includes lunch, parking, and a notebook!

Hands-on Solar PV Lab

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Spring Session: April 10, 2020

Fall Session: October 2, 2020

Length: 8 Course Hours / 1 Day

Course Cost: $299

Prerequisites: Working knowledge of solar PV; currently working in the solar industry; and/or have taken a fundamentals course such as REPV

Course Description: Held in Raleigh, NC, this day-long session is for those who have taken the 40-hour REPV online workshop or simply wish to gain more hands-on experience.  This hands-on day 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.

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