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A Dive into Diodes and Module Failures

(May 21st 9am-1pm MT) Bypass diodes are installed in the majority of PV modules to provide protection against overheating and possible fires from shading, soiling, or damage. But recent trends indicate that a growing number of them may be failing, causing potential problems in the field. This half day course will overview the fundamentals of […]

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RE100: Introduction to Renewable Energy

SEI’s Free Online Course Welcome to the world of renewable energy!  RE100 is a free course that covers the basics of renewable energy, and is a great introduction for those new to the field, those who are looking to make a career change, or those who just want to learn more about energy from the […]

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Thermography and Drones in PV Applications

(April 10th 9am-1pm MT) Join us for a half-day workshop to learn about the intersection of thermography and drones, tools that are rapidly trending in the PV industry. We will cover the basics and get into intermediate-level topics, including: Thermography, including a review of both hand-held and mounted cameras, how to adjust the settings, and […]

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Key Tools and Techniques for PV System O&M

(April 23rd 1-2:30pm MT) In this interactive webinar, we introduce key tools and techniques for troubleshooting and performing O&M on PV systems. We’ll examine I-V curve tracers and bypass diodes, and show how helpful thermal imaging (IR) cameras can be for a trained PV technician, as well as the importance of performing insulation resistance testing […]

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PV Installation Best Practices

(May 7th 1-2:30pm MT) Want to see some examples of the good, the bad, and the ugly? This live webinar will make you groan, gasp, and, at the same time, have some ‘ah-ha’ moments. Gain insight on how to do it right the first time, save valuable installation time and reduce labor costs, and avoid […]

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

PVOL101 is your gateway to a career in the solar industry.  It all starts with the fundamentals, and a solid understanding of various components, system architectures, and applications for PV systems.  Other topics include site analysis, system sizing, array configuration, and performance estimation; electrical design characteristics such as wiring, overcurrent protection, and grounding; a detailed […]

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RDOL101: Appropriate Technology for the Developing World – Online

Are you interested in international development, humanitarian work, or helping others with renewable energy projects internationally?  If you answered yes- this course is for you! The first part of this course surveys technologies that aim to improve people’s access to basic human needs: water and sanitation, food processing and cooking technologies, biomass, rural electrification, and […]

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

Take a deep dive into National Electrical Code (NEC® 2017) standards as well as other best practices that pertain to designing safe and efficient grid-direct PV systems. PV202 focuses on residential and commercial-scale systems, but the Code requirements, design parameters, and best practices are applicable to all types and sizes of PV installations, including utility-scale. […]

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PVOL203: Solar Training – PV System Fundamentals (Battery-Based) – Online

PV systems with energy storage are a rapidly growing segment of the industry. This course builds a foundation for understanding many battery-based applications, in which the complexity far exceeds that of a grid­-direct PV system. Load analysis is addressed along with other critical design criteria such as battery bank design, equipment options, and electrical integration […]

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

There are many opportunities for different careers in the residential PV industry, including the business and sales side. Addressing topics from the NABCEP PV Technical Sales job task analysis, PVOL206 focuses on important technical considerations for PV sales professionals, including financial analysis and system financing. Through insightful presentations and instruction from experts working in the field, the course covers […]

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PVOL303: Solar Training – Advanced PV Multimode and Microgrid Design (Battery-Based) – Online

Multimode systems are complex energy storage systems that can operate in utility interactive or island mode – and the market for these systems is experiencing exponential growth. Whether providing backup power when the grid is down, operating in self consumption mode, or reducing peak demand charges, there are numerous use cases for PV systems with […]

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PVOL304: Solar Training – Advanced PV Stand-alone System Design (Battery-Based) – Online

The PV industry began with off-grid systems, and with so many new applications for stand­-alone power, equipment advancements and cost reductions, the energy storage sector is growing like never before. This advanced course covers detailed load analysis, charge controllers, PV array sizing, stand-­alone inverters, as well as numerous design examples that address the wide-ranging specifics […]

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PVOL350: Solar Training – PV Systems – Tools and Techniques for Operations and Maintenance – Online

As more and more PV systems come online, the operations and maintenance (O&M) field is rapidly expanding. This course trains PV technicians to safely and effectively perform O&M tasks, including inspections, commissioning, performance verification, and troubleshooting. Students will become familiar with a wide range of advanced analytical tools, meters, and techniques – such as insulation […]

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CE518: Basics of PV Site Analysis

NABCEP CE Hours:  1 hour (click for details). Visiting a site and gathering key electrical and structural information is an important step in designing a code-compliant PV system. In this Continuing Education class, students will learn the basic information required to gather from a proposed site.  Whether a small residential grid-direct system or a large […]

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FVOL101: Diseño e Instalación Solar Eléctrica (Sistemas Interactivos) – En Línea

Este es un curso fundamental para cualquier persona que quiera iniciar una carrera en energía fotovoltaica (FV) y/o comprender los pormenores de la generación de electricidad con base en el efecto fotoeléctrico. La plataforma del curso FV101 le permitirá continuar desarrollándose en áreas como: diseño, inspección, instalación, mantenimiento, ventas técnicas y soporte técnico; todo basado […]

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FVOL203: Fundamentos de Sistemas Fotovoltaicos Basados En Baterías – En Línea

Este curso le proporcionará al estudiante una comprensión de los conceptos fundamentales necesarios para trabajar de forma segura en sistemas FV basados en baterías; estos incluyen los sistemas FV aislados (o autónomos) y los sistemas FV conectados a la red con respaldo de baterías. Se estudia el propósito, las aplicaciones y los criterios de diseño […]

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FVOL202: Diseño Fotovoltaico Avanzado y el NEC (Sistemas Interactivos) – En Línea

En este curso se estudian los detalles de ingeniería y diseño avanzados para el diseño eléctrico y la instalación de sistemas FV con recomendaciones de prácticas más utilizadas por profesionales en la industria. Existen muchos códigos eléctricos en países de habla hispana; este curso se basa en el que a la fecha es el más […]

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Circuitos Fuente FV y la Relación Arreglo – Inversor

Abril,15 1pm a 2:30pm (hora de Colorado) (Nivel Intermedio) Diseñar un sistema FV es mucho más que decir qué capacidad de inversor y cuánta potencia CC instalada pondrás. Para determinar cuántos módulos FV, y en qué configuración se pueden conectar a un inversor específico, se sigue un proceso de diseño con base en condiciones del […]

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Cargas y Cálculos – La Base del Diseño de Sistemas FV con Baterías

Abril,22 1pm a 4pm (hora de Colorado) (Nivel Principiante) Un paso crítico, pero a veces obviado, en el diseño de sistemas basados en baterías saludables, es analizar las cargas eléctricas y calcular correctamente su consumo. Este es el punto de partida para dimensionar todos los componentes del sistema FV y, si las cargas se subestiman, […]

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Dimensionamiento de Bancos de Baterías

Abril,29 1pm a 2:30pm (hora de Colorado) (Nivel Principiante) ¿Cómo integrar las cargas que necesitan energizarse, el recurso solar disponible y las condiciones del sitio, para determinar la capacidad requerida del banco de baterías? Elegir el valor de Horas Sol Pico más adecuado para el diseño de sistemas FV basados en baterías difiere de la […]

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Dimensionamiento de Conductores y Protecciones según NEC 2017

Mayo,6 1pm a 4pm (hora de Colorado) (Nivel Intermedio) El dimensionamiento correcto de conductores y de dispositivos de protección contra sobrecorriente (DPCS) suele ser uno de los pasos más importantes para la seguridad eléctrica. Para sistemas FV, los requerimientos del NEC son muy particulares. Son muchos los factores que deben considerarse, tales como: llenado de […]

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