Uncle Sam Loves Solar Energy - Starting July 1st: Solar Energy International (SEI) Celebrates Independence Week with Online Solar PV Training

SEI's Online Campus launches another round of technical Solar PV training.

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The SEI Solar Professionals Certificate Program is the most rigorous training program in the industry and it continues to grow. The SEI Online Campus is a great place for people to start and to come back to for continuing education.

Paonia, CO (PRWEB) June 17, 2013

Uncle Sam says, "Go solar for your country! Go solar for freedom! Go solar for energy independence!" SEI's Online Campus is the best place to learn if someone is just getting started with technical Solar PV training or if they are a Solar Pro needing continuing education.

Starting July 1st, 2013, SEI will be offering another round of Solar PV training in their online campus. To date, thousands of students from all over the world have chosen the SEI Online Campus to dive deeper into the technical aspects of Solar PV technologies, applications, and installation training.

The SEI Online Campus is the online classroom equivalent of SEI's well known in-person lecture based training workshops. These online training courses offer students the prerequisite training hours to come to SEI's industry recognized PV Lab Facility in Paonia, Colorado.

Starting July 1st, SEI's Online Campus will be offering:

PVOL101: Solar Training - Solar Electric Design and Installation (Grid-Direct) - Online
    PVOL203: Solar Training - Solar Electric Design (Battery-Based) - Online
    PVOL206: Solar Training - Solar Business and Technical Sales - Online

Christopher Turek, Director of Online and Student Services for SEI said, "2013 is going to be our largest graduating class ever from SEI and our Solar Professionals Certificate Program. We are finding that students are hungry for knowledge beyond just a 1-week workshop and employers are wanting highly trained technicians across all job duties in the solar industry.    The SEI Solar Professionals Certificate Program is the most rigorous training program in the industry and it continues to grow. The SEI Online Campus is a great place for people to start and to come back to for continuing education."

Course Descriptions

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.

The course will also cover the basics of sizing a residential grid-direct system, wire sizing, overcurrent protection, and grounding – all of which will be expanded upon in PV 202.

PVOL101 online students receive 1 full year of free access to Home Power Magazine Online.

Students who complete the PVOL101 online course will be able to perform the following:

    Differentiate between various renewable energy sources and types of systems
    Perform power and energy calculations
    Evaluate utility bills and rate plans, perform a load analysis for a grid-direct system, and compare system production to energy consumption
    Describe energy efficiency measures that can be implemented to reduce electricity usage and PV system size
    Analyze different net metering rules, rebates, and incentives that affect the final cost of a PV system
    Diagram and list the features, applications, and components of the following PV system types: DC direct, stand-alone, grid-direct, and grid-tied with battery back-up
    Obtain and apply specifications for PV modules and determine their performance given various environmental and operating conditions
    Identify various types of digital multimeters and explain how to use them safely
    Diagram and determine the power, current, and voltage characteristics of PV modules in different series and parallel configurations
    Determine the magnetic declination, define azimuth and altitude angle and evaluate the shade potential for a given site
    Estimate energy production of a PV system based on location specifics including orientation and tilt angle
    List the pros and cons of different mounting systems (ground, pole, roof, and trackers) and determine the number of modules that can fit in a given roof space
    Given specific site criteria, evaluate what type of inverter is appropriate
    Decipher balance-of-system equipment specification sheets to determine the critical information needed for system design
    Design a residential grid-direct system including the array, inverter, circuit conductors, and overcurrent protection
    Define equipment grounding, system grounding, and components and conductors used for grounding
    Identify the following 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 the proper personal protective equipment for working on grid-direct PV systems
    List the order of installation, commissioning, and decommissioning of a grid-direct PV system

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.

Topics such as load analysis, component selection, battery safety, voltage drop, and commissioning procedures will be presented. In addition to sizing exercises and calculations, students will explore additional design considerations unique to battery-based systems.

This course is ideal for people looking to design and install battery-based systems, and for solar professionals who have been working in the grid-direct market and need to learn about battery-based systems in preparation for the NABCEP Solar PV Installer Certification Exam.

Prerequisites: PV101 (or PV D&I or Grid-Tied PV prior to January 2010)

PVOL203 students receive 1 full year of free access to Solar PRO Magazine Online.

Students who complete the workshop will be able to perform the following:

  •      Diagram a battery bank in series and parallel configurations
  •     Identify the proper safety protocols for working with batteries
  •     Draw a three-line schematic of a residential battery-based system, including the array, controller, batteries, inverter, disconnects, overcurrent protection, and grounding (including the equipment grounding conductors, ungrounded conductors, grounded conductors, the grounding electrode(s), and the system grounds)
  •     List the pros, cons, and applications of hybrid and AC and DC coupled systems
  •     Define depth of discharge, days of autonomy, equalization, and efficiency of a battery
  •     Create a maintenance schedule for batteries
  •     Calculate maximum charge rates for batteries and determine state of charge
  •     Identify the pros and cons of using valve regulated lead acid (VRLA) verses flooded batteries in specific system designs
  •     Specify either a PWM or MPPT charge controller depending on system parameters
  •     Specify a battery-based inverter given electrical load and surge requirements
  •     Evaluate a client’s electrical load and size a stand-alone system (including inverter, controller, battery bank, and array)
  •     Perform sizing calculations for their battery-based system
  •     Size a grid-tied with battery back-up system (including inverter, controller, battery bank, and array)
  •     Calculate and diagram appropriate series fusing for a battery-based system
  •     Identify appropriate disconnect and overcurrent protection placement
  •     Provide all NEC required labeling for a battery-based system
  •     List the order of commissioning and decommissioning, as well as potential safety hazards, for battery-based systems

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.

Through insightful presentations and instruction from working experts in the field, SEI’s PVOL206 Solar Business and Technical Sales covers marketing and sales techniques you will need to be successful. Concepts discussed in detail include: customer qualification, solar site analysis, creating conceptual design proposals, system costing, incentives and rebates, cost-benefit analyses, financing options, and the non-financial benefits of photovoltaic systems.

While certain aspects of the PVOL206 Solar Business and Technical Sales workshop will be a review for students who have previously taken SEI’s PV204 or PV205, this workshop offers a broad curriculum based on the NABCEP PV Technical Sales Job Task Analysis to help prepare participants for the NABCEP PV Technical Sales Certification. .

Lessons Include:

    Your Solar Business
    Qualify the Customer
    Preparing Proposals & Conceptual Design
    Financial Cost, Incentives, and Savings
    Financial Benefit Analysis and Financing
    Non-financial Benefit Analysis

PVOL206 students receive 1 full year of free access to Solar PRO Magazine Online.

It is recommended that all students take PVOL206 Solar Business and Technical Sales in conjunction with SEI's technical training workshops - PV 101 and PV202. Those completing all three courses will have the technical training necessary to help direct a potential solar PV site from initial analysis to successful design and installation.

Prerequisites: It is highly recommended that students take at minimum PV101 or PVOL101 online to obtain a baseline level of technical PV training, prior to PVOL206.


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