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PVOL101: Solar Training – Solar Electric Design and Installation (Grid-Direct) – Online

This online solar training course establishes fundamental concepts required for safe, code-compliant design and installation of photovoltaic (PV) systems, with a focus on residential-sized grid-direct solar electric 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, […]

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RDOL101: Appropriate Technology for the Developing World – Online

This course explores different technologies that are used in development projects to improve the quality of peoples’ lives and help eliminate poverty.   The class is divided into two sections.  The first section surveys technologies that aim to improve people’s access to basic human needs: water and sanitation, food processing and cooking technologies, biomass, rural […]

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RE100: Introduction to Renewable Energy

SEI’s Free Online Course! Introduction to Renewable Energy (RE100) is an online course for those who wish to learn the basics of renewable energy – including where it is found, how we can harvest it for use in our homes, and how it can help ease pressures on the environment. You will not become an […]

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SHOL101: Solar Thermal Training – Solar Hot Water Design and Installation – Online

Students in this course will learn the theory, design considerations and installation strategies necessary to install and maintain a solar domestic hot water system. Passive solar water heaters, drainback systems, antifreeze systems, and photovoltaic powered systems are all addressed, as well as an introduction to pool and space heating systems.

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PV203 PREP: Solar Training – Battery-based PV System Fundamentals – Online

The goal of this course is to provide a solid understanding of the fundamental concepts necessary to work with battery-based PV systems, including the purpose, applications, and design criteria for different types of charge controllers, batteries, and battery-based inverters.  Students will learn to perform application-based load analysis, how to configure battery banks to meet energy […]

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PVOL202: Solar Training – Advanced PV System Design and the NEC (Grid-Direct) – Online

Apply National Electrical Code (NEC) standards and industry best practices to residential and commercial grid-direct solar electric systems to ensure safe, code-compliant design and installation. This online solar training workshop builds upon the core concepts from PV101, expanding them to address larger, more complex grid-direct PV systems.

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PVOL206: Solar Training – Solar Business and Technical Sales – Online

This online solar training course, has been developed from the ground up with a strong focus on business principals and non-technical financial and economics topics, and is directly aligned with the NABCEP PV Technical Sales task analysis. This workshop is for those currently working in the solar industry or hoping to work in solar sales.

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SHOL202: Inspecting Solar Heating Systems in New York State – Online

SHOL202 – Inspecting Solar Heating Systems in New York State – Online is a three week online course (two weeks of instruction, one week for students to review any content) geared towards code officials in New York and is approved by the Department of State, Division of Building Standards and Codes for six (6) CEU’s. […]

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PVOL303: Solar Training – Advanced Battery-based PV System Design: Series I – Online

PV303 provides advanced design training for battery-based PV systems, with a focus on grid-connected and micro-grid systems. Students work through step-by-step design processes for grid-tied battery-based systems with a wide range of equipment specifications; learn best practices for reliable and safe system design and installation; and apply 2014 National Electrical Code (NEC) requirements to battery-based […]

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PVOL304: Solar Training – Advanced Battery-based PV System Design: Series II – Online

PV304 provides advanced design training on battery-based PV systems, with a focus on stand-alone (off-grid) systems.  Students work through step-by-step design processes and learn best practices specific to off-grid PV systems.

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