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Solar Training (Electric)

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

With female-only instructors and participants, this online course offers women a uniquely supportive learning environment to build their solar knowledge foundation. This course offers the same curriculum as SEI's co-ed PV201L, but is intended to further encourage participants to get ALL those solar questions answered and offer networking opportunities with each other and existing women in the solar industry.
Location: Paonia, CO
5 Days | $1495.00
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PVOL101: Solar Training - Women's Solar Electric Design and Installation (Grid-Direct) - Online

With female-only instructors and participants, this online course offers women a uniquely supportive learning environment to build their solar knowledge foundation. This course offers the same curriculum as SEI's co-ed PVOL101, but is intended to further encourage participants to get ALL those solar questions answered and offer networking opportunities with each other and existing women in the solar industry.
Location: Online
6 Weeks | $795.00

James R. Kirby, AIA, is Vice President of Sustainability for the Center for Environmental Innovation in Roofing, Washington, DC. Kirby has expertise in roof system design and construction, Find Out More >

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Laura Walters helps coordinate and update the curriculum for SEI's internationally recognized PV training program, which includes creating the technical diagrams, working on SEI's PV textbook Find Out More >

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Orion received his first glimpse into the potential of solar electricity while growing up off-grid in Northwest Montana and remains motivated by a desire to promote and educate the public on the Find Out More >

Orion Thornton NABCEP Certified Solar PV Installer
NABCEP Certified Solar PV Installer



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Jack is a licensed Illinois attorney. He began a shift to a more sustainable career path by focusing on efficiency first. He studied with The Find Out More >

Jack O'Donohue ISPQ Certified PV Instructor
ISPQ Certified PV Instructor


Jack O'Donohue NABCEP Certified Solar PV Installer
NABCEP Certified Solar PV Installer


Jack O'Donohue NABCEP Certified PV Technical Sales
NABCEP Certified PV Technical Sales



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Solar Training - Electric

For people wanting to change careers, PV installers or designers, and homeowners, SEI has a solar training workshop for everyone.  For information on NABCEP Certification please visit http://www.solarenergy.org/nabcep-certification.  For information on Solar Energy International's Solar Professionals Certificate Program visit http://www.solarenergy.org/sei-solar-professionals-certificate-program.
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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, PV module criteria, mounting solutions, safety, and commissioning. 
Location: Online
41 Days - 6 Weeks | $795.00

PV101: Solar Training - Solar Electric Design and Installation (Grid-Direct)

This course will provide an overview of the three basic PV system applications, primarily focusing 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 grid-direct system, wire sizing, overcurrent protection, and
Location: Tucson, AZ Paonia, CO
5 Days | $995.00

PV110: Solar Training - Solar Water Pumping

This three-day hands-on workshop covers pumping technologies, PV modules, system sizing, and component selection. Includes pump descriptions and comparisons with information on trackers, linear current boosters, and other associated equipment. In addition alternative methods of water pumping are presented and discussed including hydraulic ram pumps, river pumps, and spiral pumps. The workshop will include laboratory exercises and a system tour.
Location: Paonia, CO
3 Days | $495.00

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.
Location: Paonia, CO
5 Days | $1495.00

PV202: Solar Training - Advanced PV System Design and the NEC (Grid-Direct)

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 solar training workshop builds upon the core concepts from PV101, expanding them to address larger, more complex grid-direct PV systems. 
Location: Guam
5 Days | $995.00
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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. 
Location: Online
41 Days - 6 Weeks | $795.00

PV203: Solar Training - Solar Electric Design (Battery-Based)

Apply the National Electrical Code (NEC) to battery-based systems in this in-person solar training course to ensure safe, code-compliant design and installation. This course will build upon the core concepts from PV101, with a specific emphasis on battery-based system design.  Students will work through step-by-step design process for battery-based applications, including stand-alone (off-grid), grid-tied with battery back-up, and hybrid systems. 
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PVOL203: Solar Training - Solar Electric Design (Battery-Based) - Online

Apply the National Electrical Code (NEC) to battery-based systems in this online solar training course to ensure safe, code-compliant design and installation. This course will build upon the core concepts from PV101, with a specific emphasis on battery-based system design.  Students will work through step-by-step design process for battery-based applications, including stand-alone (off-grid), grid-tied with battery back-up, and hybrid systems. 
Location: Online
6 Weeks | $795.00

PV203 PREP: Solar Training - Battery-based PV System Fundamentals - On Demand

The goal of this course is to create a solid understanding of the fundamental concepts necessary to work with battery-based PV systems, including the purpose, applications, and design criteria required for different types of charge controllers, batteries, and battery-based inverters.  Students will learn to perform application-based load analysis, how to safely work with batteries, how to select the array tilt angle, and how grounding terminology, disconnects and overcurrent protection
Location: Online
18 contact training hours/ 6 weeks online access | $495
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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. 
Location: Online
41 Days - 6 Weeks | $795.00

PV301L: Solar Training - Solar Electric Lab Week (Battery-Based)

This workshop offers five days of hands-on installation practice with battery-based systems at SEI’s world-class PV Lab training facility in Paonia, Colorado.  Safely install, test, and commission battery-based PV systems in this solar training workshop.  Lab stations are comprised of both stand-alone and grid-tied with battery back-up systems, and include both AC and DC coupled systems. 
Location: Paonia, CO
5 Days | $1495.00

PV351L: Solar Training - PV Systems - Tools and Techniques for Operation and Maintenance Lab Week (Grid-Direct)

 This intensive, advanced training is designed for solar professionals already working in the PV industry who want to take their skills to the next level. Students in this class will learn the theory behind and gain hands-on experience with a wide range of state-of-the-art analytical tools. The class will focus on PV system operations and maintenance, performance evaluation, and troubleshooting techniques using tools such as the IV Curve Tracer, Insulation Resistance Tester, Thermal Camera, Multimeter,
Location: Paonia, CO
5 Days | $1995.00
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RE100: Introduction to Renewable Energy - FREE Online Course

Free Online Course! Introduction to Renewable Energy 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 expert through this course, but you will get to know renewable energy in its many forms - helping you to decide whether solar, wind or other technologies are right for you.  Over 20,000 people from all over the world
Location: Online
6 weeks | $0

CE501: 2011 National Electric Code Updates for the Solar Professional

This online solar training webinar provides a professional training opportunity targeted to a highly technical audience seeking 2011 National Electric Code updates and how they affect the solar professional and PV system installation and design.  NABCEP Continuing Education - PV Installer Recertification:  3 Code Based or 'Other' training hours; PV Technical Sales Recertification: 3 Non-Technical/Other training hours.  
Location: Online
3 hours | $149

FVOL101: Diseño e Instalación de Sistemas Fotovoltaicos (conexión directa a la red) - en linea

Este curso establece los conceptos fundamentales necesarios para el diseño e instalación segura de sistemas fotovoltaicos, con base en los requisitos del Código Eléctrico Nacional de EEUU. El enfoque del curso es en sistemas solares residenciales interconectados a la red eléctrica. Este curso en-línea es un curso de guía personal y no cuenta con instructores activos.
Location: Online
40 contact training hours/ 6 weeks online access | $195

CE502: Starting Your Solar Business

This online solar training webinar is a continuing education course that helps contractors, solar business professionals, and green job seekers understand the fast paced solar PV market and learn the key steps to succeeding in an increasingly competitive field. NABCEP Continuing Education - PV Installer or Solar Heating Installer Recertification: 3 Non-Technical/Other training hours.  Technical Sales Recertification: 3 JTA hours.
Location: Online
3 hours | $149

CE503: Solar Sales, Marketing and Public Relations

This online solar training program helps contractors, solar business professionals, and green job seekers understand the solar selling/marketing tools and techniques available in the rapidly developing PV market. SEI's experienced instructors will share insights on the practices and programs used by successful solar contractors to outlast the competition and stay profitable. NABCEP Continuing Education - PV Installer or Solar Heating Installer Recertification:  3 Non-Technical/Other training
Location: Online
3 hours | $149

CE504: Commercial Sales & Financing Considerations for the Solar Professional

Solar Energy International's Commercial Sales & Financing Considerations for the Solar Professional continuing education course helps contractors and solar business professionals understand the differences between residential and commercial  PV.  NABCEP Continuing Education - PV Installer: 3 Non-Technical/Other training hours.  Technical Sales Recertification: 3 JTA hours.
Location: Online
3 hours | $149

CE505: Code Compliant Roof Mounting & Waterproof Flashing

Roof penetrations are a tremendous liability for solar installers. This presentation will cover important roofing codes and methods to meet roofing best practices.  NABCEP Continuing Education - PV Installer Recertification :  2 Job Task Analysis (JTA) or 'Other' training hours; Technical Sales Recertification: 2 Non-Technical/Other training hours. 
Location: Online
2 hours | $99

CE506: Code-compliant Conductor Sizing for Grid-direct PV Systems

PV system conductors operate in extreme environments - fortunately the 2011 NEC brought much needed clarity to wire sizing for PV systems.  NABCEP Continuing Education - PV Installer Recertification:  3 Code Based or 'Other' training hours; Technical Sales Recertification: 3 Non-Technical/Other training hours.
Location: Online
3 hours | $149

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

With female-only instructors and participants, this online course offers women a uniquely supportive learning environment to build their solar knowledge foundation. This course offers the same curriculum as SEI's co-ed PV201L, but is intended to further encourage participants to get ALL those solar questions answered and offer networking opportunities with each other and existing women in the solar industry.
Location: Paonia, CO
5 Days | $1495.00
Online

PVOL101: Solar Training - Women's Solar Electric Design and Installation (Grid-Direct) - Online

With female-only instructors and participants, this online course offers women a uniquely supportive learning environment to build their solar knowledge foundation. This course offers the same curriculum as SEI's co-ed PVOL101, but is intended to further encourage participants to get ALL those solar questions answered and offer networking opportunities with each other and existing women in the solar industry.
Location: Online
6 Weeks | $795.00

CE510: Tips, Tools and Techniques of the Solar Industry

Veteran SEI instructor Ken Gardner shares lessons learned from on-the-job experience and best practices compiled from a variety of industry leaders over the years. NABCEP Continuing Education - PV Installer Recertification: 2 Job Task Analysis (JTA) or 'Other' Training Hours; Technical Sales Recertification: 2 Non-Technical/Other training hours.
Location: Online
2 hours | $99

CE511: PV System O&M Strategies and Techniques

This is a two hour discussion about operations and maintenance (O&M) of grid-direct PV systems.  Long-term, reliable operation is critical to ensure peak productivity and predictable return-on-investment (ROI).  As such, O&M is a contractual obligation in commercial and utility scale applications, and a likely growth area for all PV markets in the future. NABCEP Continuing Education - PV Installer Recert.: 2 Job Task Analysis (JTA) or 'Other' Training Hrs; Technical Sales Recertification:
Location: Online
2 hours | $99

CE512: AC Coupling

Although the concept of AC coupling has been maturing over the last ten years or so, there are still many questions that surround this unique model of grid tied battery backup and stand-alone systems. This webinar will explore the basics behind AC coupling by explaining what it is, how it is accomplished, the advantages of using this concept and when it makes sense to use such a topology. NABCEP Continuing Education - PV Installer Recertification: 0.75 Job Task Analysis (JTA) or 'Other' Training
Location: Online
45 Minutes | $49

CE513: Rooftop PV: What You Need to Know About Roof Systems

This webinar will provide the basics about how roofs function and will explain in detail considerations specific to roof systems when PV systems are installed.  Designers and installers will learn how to integrate PV arrays with roof systems. NABCEP Continuing Education - PV Installer or Technical Sales Recertification: 2 Job Task Analysis (JTA) or 'Other' Training Hours.
Location: Online
2 hours | $99

CE514: Rooftop PV: What You Need To Know About Building and Fire Codes

This webinar will discuss the new code requirements for PV installations in easy-to-understand ways so the codes become less intimidating.  You’re probably very familiar with the electric code requirements, but are you familiar with the building and fire codes? NABCEP Continuing Education - PV Installer or Technical Sales Recertification: 2 Job Task Analysis (JTA) or 'Other' Training Hours.
Location: Online
2 hours | $99

CE516: 2014 National Electrical Code® and PV Systems

The National Electrical Code® drives industry-wide best practices as well as product development cycles of PV component manufacturers, so whether you’re an installer, designer, manufacturer, engineer, or building official, it’s critical to stay on top of the game.  NABCEP Continuing Education - PV Installer Recertification:  3 Code Based or 'Other' training hours; Technical Sales Recertification: 2 Non-Technical/Other training hours.
Location: Online
3 hours | $149

CE517: Performance Modeling of PV Systems

Estimating the production of PV systems is critical for their success.  Modeling is required for any sort of financial calculations, as well as for back-testing system performance.  Furthermore, different system design architectures and equipment choices can easily be simulated and compared, which can lead to more efficient, better performing systems being installed.   It's a complicated topic - and performance calculation tools offer nearly endless "knobs" to turn, any of which can
Location: Online
3.5 hours | $149

NAB-PV: NABCEP Entry Level Exam - PV

Solar Energy International proctors the NABCEP Entry Level Exam (ELE) in its Paper & Pencil format on select Friday evenings after some of our PV301L- Solar Electric Lab Week (Battery-Based). It is recommended that your education requirement be completed prior to registering to take the exam. You must call to register at 970-963-8855. See below for schedule and details.
Location: Paonia, CO
1 Days | $170.00

FV203 PREP: Fundamentos de sistemas FV basados en baterías- en linea

El objetivo de este curso es crear una comprensión sólida de los conceptos fundamentales necesarios para trabajar con sistemas fotovoltaicos basados en baterías. El alumno aprenderá sobre el propósito, las aplicaciones y los criterios de diseño necesarios para los distintos equipos que componen un sistema FV basado en baterías, como reguladores de carga, baterías e inversores basados en baterías. Los estudiantes aprenderán a realizar un análisis de cargas y cómo trabajar en un ambiente
Location: Online
18 horas de crédito / acceso a 6 semanas | $150

Solmetric Certified Shade Analysis Course

This is an online, interactive course training the student in the best practices in regards to performing accurate Shade Analysis Measurements. Upon completion, students will receive a Solmetric Certificate along with the Shade Analysis Badge to be placed on business cards, resumes, and solar designs. The certificate also counts for 3 NABCEP CE credits. The purpose of this course is to increase the student’s understanding of the theory and concepts behind Shade Analysis, how to then use those concepts
Location: Online
$149
Bill Hoffer has been working in the solar industry in the Pacific Northwest for more than 16 years. He is a Solar Energy International alum since 1994, a NABCEP Certified Solar PV Installer, and a Find Out More >
Bill Hoffer NABCEP Certified Solar PV Installer
NABCEP Certified Solar PV Installer



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Brad Burkhartzmeyer is an experienced solar system designer, installer and Solar Energy International alumnus. He founded Sun's Eye Power Company Find Out More >

Brad Burkhartzmeyer  NABCEP Certified Solar PV Installer
NABCEP Certified Solar PV Installer



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Joe Villacci specializes in system design, installation methods, and performance verification of solar electric systems. He works as technical trainer and curriculum developer for Solar Energy Find Out More >

Joe Villacci NABCEP Certified Solar PV Installer
NABCEP Certified Solar PV Installer



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