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

Put the classroom theory into practice with the ultimate hands-­on PV experience available! This five day lab class offers students the opportunity to work closely with experienced PV professionals. You will gain valuable insight and experience while installing and commissioning multiple PV systems consisting of modules, inverters, and racking components from a wide range of manufacturers that are all big players in the PV industry. A low student-to-instructor ratio and the world­-class lab facility at SEI’s lab facility in Paonia, Colorado or in Costa Rica, combine to make PV201L the perfect environment for 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.
  • PV Associate Recertification: 12 training hours
  • 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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course snapshot

    Notice: This course has multiple locations!
  • Centro de Capacitación de Energía Solar de SEI-CFIA, Costa Rica (ENGLISH)
    • March 04 2019 - March 08 2019
  • Paonia, CO
    • April 15 2019 - April 19 2019
    • June 17 2019 - June 21 2019
    • July 22 2019 - July 26 2019
    • October 07 2019 - October 11 2019
  • 5 days
  • 40 hours/week

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