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Brand New Solar Training Workshop starting March 20th!

March 8, 2010

Announcing our new PV101: Residential Solar Installation Lab

If you’ve already taken the Pv100 Basic Photovoltaic Installation and Design workshop? Are you looking to become trained as a professional solar installer? If so, our newest class is definitely for you!

We’re very pleased to announce our much-anticipated PV101: Hands-on Residential Solar Installation Lab starting March 20th for three consecutive Saturdays (March 20, March 27, and April 3, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm) . The workshop fee is $695. This course is designed to help you take the fundamentals you learned in PV100 and apply them to actual solar installations. This course will focus on the installation of two of the most popular grid-tied systems used in the valley.

PV101: Residential Solar Installation Lab Course Description

PV101 provides (3) days of hands-on, step-by-step training in photovoltaic (PV) solar-electric system installation. Students will learn to safely install, test and commission residential PV systems. It features hands-on labs for the installation of source electrical, including disconnects ac/dc, inverters, meter base, combiner boxes, and utility interconnects.

Participants will dissect and install components of two (2) grid-tied systems most commonly used in the Arizona, including the installation of panels/rails/mounts for s-tile, composite shingle, and mission tile roof types.

This course will provide an overview of the three basic PV system applications, with a primary emphasis on grid-direct systems. The goal of the course is to create a fundamental understanding of the core concepts necessary to work with all PV systems, including: system components, site analysis, PV module criteria, mounting solutions, safety, and commissioning. The course will also cover the basics of sizing a residential gri-direct system, wire sizing, overcurrent protection, and grounding.

Students will leave the workshop being able to:

  • Analyze net metering and other incentives that effect the final cost of a PV system
  • Diagram an array in series and parallel configurations
  • Discussion on specifications for a given module and determine a module‚Äôs performance given various environmental conditions
  • Determine performance of an array/system based on irradiance changes or for array orientation and tilt angle at a given site
  • Determine the magnetic declination, find the orientation and altitude angle of the sun, and evaluate the shade potential for a given site
  • Discuss different mounting structures (ground, pole, roof, and trackers)
  • Read equipment specification sheets to determine the critical information needed in system design
  • Size a residential grid-direct system including the inverter, array, PV source and inverter output circuit conductors (basic), and overcurrent protection
  • Determine the number of modules that can fit on a given roof space
  • Identify the following wires and components on a three-line diagram of a residential grid-direct system: the array, disconnects, inverter, the equipment grounding conductors, ungrounded conductors, grounded conductors, the grounding electrode(s), and the system grounds
  • List the order of commissioning and potential safety hazards for a grid-direct system

(Prerequisite: Participants must have completed the PV100 workshop before enrolling in the PV101 Residential Solar Installation Lab.)

Registration Info

March 20th, March 27th, & April 3
(Three Saturdays) 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Workshop Fee: $695
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Register by Phone at (480) 446-0400

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