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

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This solar training workshop offers five days of hands-on installation practice with grid-direct systems. By working in small groups, students will put what they’ve learned in PV101 to the test. Students will fully install and commission a wide variety of system types before testing the system, then de-commissioning and breaking down. 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.

what you will learn

Students who complete the PV201L workshop will be able to:

  • Perform power and energy calculations
  • Obtain and apply specifications for PV modules and determine their performance given various environmental and operating conditions
  • Safely operate various types of digital multimeters
  • Diagram and determine the power, current, and voltage characteristics of PV modules in different series and parallel configurations
  • Install various mounting systems (ground, pole, roof, and trackers).
  • Decipher balance-of-system equipment specification sheets to determine the critical information needed for system design
  • Install a residential grid-direct system including the array, inverter, circuit conductors, and overcurrent protection
  • Safely operate equipment grounding, system grounding, and components and conductors used for grounding
  • Work with wires and components on schematics of residential grid-direct systems: disconnects, inverter, equipment grounding conductors, ungrounded conductors, grounded conductors, the grounding electrode(s), and the AC and DC system grounds
  • Identify potential safety hazards and demonstrate the proper use of personal protective equipment for working on grid-direct PV systems
  • List the order of installation, commissioning, and decommissioning of a grid-direct PV system

Note: This class is a great complement to PV301L, the Solar Electric Lab Week (Battery-Based).

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helpful information

PREREQUISITE COURSES: Before participating in the PV201L course, students MUST complete PV101 or PVOL101 OR an equivalent course from another organization, have NABCEP certification, or demonstrate field experience and pass a placement quiz. Please contact [email protected] if you feel you are qualified to skip the prerequisite for PV201L.

For information on SEI’s Solar Professionals Certificate Program please click here.  For information on SEI’s workshop and training program policies please click here.

nabcep certification information

SEI Contact Training Hours: 5 days in person = 40 hours

This course provides approved credit hours towards the following NABCEP Certifications and Recertifications:

  • PV Installation Professional
  • PV Design Specialist
  • PV Installation Specialist
  • PV Commissioning and Maintenance Specialist
  • PV Technical Sales Professional
  • PV Associate (Renewal only)
  • PV System Inspector (Recertification only)
  • SH Associate (Renewal only)
  • Solar Heating System Inspector (Recertification only)
  • Solar Heating Installer (Recertification only)

Please visit NABCEP’S online course catalog for credit hours breakdown.

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course snapshot

    Notice: This course has multiple locations!
  • Paonia, CO
    • April 19 2021 - April 23 2021
    • May 03 2021 - May 07 2021
    • June 21 2021 - June 25 2021
    • July 26 2021 - July 30 2021
    • September 13 2021 - September 17 2021
  • 5 days
  • 40 hours

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