Introduction to Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Technology

This class will train participants to design and install grid tied, battery-based, and hybrid PV systems. PV panels produce electricity directly from sunlight and their popularity in the current renewable energy market is growing rapidly. Students will be given instruction in both a classroom and lab setting. Hands-on experience will prepare students for installing systems on their own. Classroom material will focus on the primary competencies addressed in the NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) Associate Program exam. Upon completion of the class, students will be given the opportunity to sit for the NABCEP Associate Program solar pv exam. Current tax credits are providing an opportunity for local electricians and renewable energy enthusiasts to expand their careers into the solar market. Zak Dowell is our NABCEP certified instructor. He holds a Master’s of Science degree in Technology, with concentrations in renewable energy and building science. Wilson Caton, our other on-site solar trainer, has supervised some of the largest commercial solar installations in the state of Virginia. Students will be given the hands-on opportunity to wire inverters, install panel racking, and everything else that takes place during an installation in the field.


Classroom hours: 25 total

Lab hours: 15 total