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PV201L: Solar Training - Solar Electric Lab Week (Grid-Direct)

This is the ultimate hands-on experience available! This solar training workshop offers five days of hands-on installation practice with grid-direct systems at SEI’s world-class PV Lab training facility in Paonia, Colorado. The maximum eight to one student-to-instructor ratio and comprehensive lab setting create the perfect environment to get your first hands-on PV experience.

what you will learn

By working in small groups, students will put what they’ve learned in PV101 to the test. They get their hands dirty by fully installing and commissioning a wide variety of system types before testing the system, then de-commissioning and breaking down. SEI is not affiliated with any equipment manufacturers, so students get unbiased opinions and are able to work on all of the equipment being used in the field today.

Students rotate between a commercial ballasted roof, two steep roofs, a ground-mount, and a pole-mount system that contain a variety of inverters, racking hardware and mounting methods. Students will learn fall protection best practices and different harness set-ups. They will learn lockout/tagout procedures to create a safe working environment and use an assortment of meters to test systems. This class is a good complement to PV301L, the Solar Electric Lab Week (Battery-based).

‘This has definitely laid the groundwork for my company’s success in the solar industry.’

— T.T. Miller, PV Lab Week participant, 2006

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helpful information

Prerequisites:  PV101 or PVOL101 (or students who have completed a SEI PV workshop prior to January 2010 and have not attended a workshop at the Paonia lab facility)

nabcep certification information

Contact Training Hours (shown on Record of Completion): 40 hours NABCEP Training Hours:

  • PV Installer Certification Requirements: This course counts for 40 advanced training hours.
  • PV Technical Sales Certification Requirements: This course counts for 20 hours, which covers the PV Technical Sales JTA.
  • PV Technical Sales Recertification Requirements: This course counts for 12 JTA hours and 6 Non-Technical/Other.
  • Solar Heating Installer Recertification: This course counts for 6 Non-Technical continuing education hours.
For information on SEI's Solar Professionals Certificate Program please click here.

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  • Paonia, CO

  • 5 days
  • 40 hours/week

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  • Brian Mehalic

    PV Curriculum Developer and Trainer
  • Karo Fernandez

    SEI Instructor
  • Orion Thornton

    PV Instructor