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SEI's PV351L Solar Training in Vegas - Solar O&M Baby!

Posted by: chris
February 26, 2014
Solar Energy International took its popular lab class, Tools and Techniques for PV System Operations and Maintenance, on the road, and was graciously hosted by the Electrical JATC of Southern Nevada.  The weather was fantastic and the training facility top notch – perfect conditions for three days of theory and hands on with a variety of PV systems and tools.

Students ranged from SEI alumni taking their education to the next level, to system owners addressing their own O&M, to industry veterans getting a chance to round out and build upon their field experience.  Four systems on the JATC training facility, along with the incredible range of equipment, tools, and meters that SEI and the JATC provided, made for an exceptional hands-on learning laboratory.

SEI instructors Joe Villacci, Rebekah Hren, and Brian Mehalic led the class of twelve through three jam-packed days of theory and application; using state of the art commissioning tools and best practice procedures; and troubleshooting conditions that result from installation errors and system aging.  More than just taking some tests or pointing an infrared camera, class time allowed the students to really dive into the background of the what, why, and how of field procedures.  Of course that was followed up with “hands on with the cool tools time” – immediately putting the theory into practice.  Using the latest and the greatest, and of course doing it safely!

Stimulating classroom interaction, challenging troubleshooting exercises, and analysis of the results…everyone, instructors included, had more than one “Ah-ha moment.”

We’re looking forward to the next three-day class, at Durham Technical Community College, in Durham, NC, April 1-3, another great facility.  Or come out to Paonia this summer: where we’ll host the extended five-day version of the class in June or August.  Full 2014 PV351L training schedule >>
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