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Solar Power Professional

Get the renewable energy training you need as you learn the basics of solar systems, their benefits, and their many applications. Examine the history of photovoltaic solar power, and gain a sense for where the PV industry is headed. We'll start with basic safety, including how to avoid potential accidents and how to create a safe work environment as well as the use of protective equipment.

You'll master the fundamentals of electricity and solar energy, including how to calculate simple circuit values and predict solar position using solar path diagrams. Upon completion of this program, you'll have a thorough understanding of PV applications, working safety as it pertains to this field, basic electricity, and PV module fundamentals. Upon registering, you're given three months to complete this program.

3 Months / 120 Course Hrs
Open Enrollment

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Solar Power Professional

Learning Method

Instructor-led Self-Paced: Study at your own schedule

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Solar Power Professional Details + Objective

Course Code: GES722

You Will Learn
  • Describe the history of PV technology and industry
  • Demonstrate an understanding of electrical and solar terminology
  • Identify safety hazards, practices, and protective equipment used during PV system installation and maintenance
  • Calculate simple circuit values
  • Describe basic solar movement and effect of earth tilt
  • Predict solar position using solar path diagrams
  • Identify factors that reduce or enhance solar irradiation
  • Explain how solar cells convert sunlight into electric power
  • Label key points on an IV curve
  • Illustrate effect of series and parallel connections on IV curve
  • Define measurement conditions for solar cells and modules
How the course is taught
  • Self-paced, online course
  • 3 months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 120 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Gain the knowledge you'll need for an entry level position with a dealer, installer, or other photovoltaic industry company
  • Learn the required safety and communication skills needed to thrive on the job
  • Understand the functions and benefits of PV solar powered energy systems and be able to articulate them to potential customers
  • Set yourself apart from competitors by going the extra mile to receive training directly related to the industry
Solar Power Professional Outline
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PV Markets and Applications

Learn how to work safely around operational and non-operational PV systems.

Basics of Electricity

Understand electricity terminology, how to use a digital multi-meter, and how to calculate simple circuit values.

Solar Terminology

Develop the vocabulary and communication skills necessary to confidently discuss the solar industry.

Solar Position

Study solar movement and the tilt of the earth. Learn how to predict solar position and understand how this pertains to your job.

PV Module Fundamentals

Explore how sunlight can be converted to usable power and understand module output values.

Electrical Output and Comparing Characteristics

Complete the course by understanding how to compute electrical output, as well as how to compare characteristics of various module technologies.

Program Details
  1. PV markets and applications
    1. How to work safely around operational and non-operational PV systems
  2. Basics of electricity
    1. Electricity terminology
    2. Using a digital multi-meter
    3. How to calculate simple circuit values
  3. Solar energy fundamentals
    1. Solar terminology
    2. Describing solar movement and earth tilt
    3. Predicting solar position
  4. PV module fundamentals
    1. How sunlight is converted to usable power
    2. Understanding module output values
  5. Computing electrical output and comparing characteristics of various module technologies
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Solar Power Professional Instructors
Adam Zellhoefer

Adam Zellhoefer is a NABCEP certified solar installer and brings a wealth of knowledge in solar design and physics. Adam has spent the past few years working as a teacher’s assistant with the solar power program at Cabrillo College in California. Adam served as an assistant to Joe Jordan, a pioneer in renewable energy.

Prerequisites / Requirements

There are no specific prerequisites to take this program, but you should have basic skills or knowledge of keyboarding (typing), using computer programs and the Internet, and a good command of English grammar and punctuation. No previous experience is required. This program is for you if you want to learn the skills required for an entry level position with a dealer, installer, or other photovoltaic industry company.

The text book Photovoltaic Systems is included in the price of tuition.

Computer Requirements:

  • High-speed Internet is recommended. This program is compatible with the Windows XP and later operating systems and IE 7 and later browsers.
  • *Please note: AOL, MSN, Opera, Safari, and Camino browsers are not supported.
  • You also need to have the latest version of Adobe Flash and Adobe Reader to properly view all course content.
  • This program cannot be taken on a Mac.
Solar Power Professional Frequently Asked Questions
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Can I register for programs if I am an international student?

Yes, since ed2go programs are online, you never have to actually travel to the school. Most schools offer telephone or online registration.

How long does it take to complete a program?

This program is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start and finish at your own pace. Upon registering, you're given eight (8) months to complete this program.

Do I have to buy additional materials?

All the materials you'll need are included, and their cost will be covered by your tuition. ed2go will ship all materials ground service upon enrollment.

Can I get financial assistance?

ed2go courses are non-credit courses, so they do not qualify for federal aid. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements.

What happens when I complete the program?
Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a certificate of completion.
Am I guaranteed a job?

ed2go programs will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. We don’t provide direct job placement services, but our facilitators and career counselors will help you build your resume and are available to give advice on finding your first job. Facilitators will also be available to use as a professional reference upon completion of the program. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

What jobs will the training prepare students to fill?

This program provides students with the knowledge required for a career at multiple levels of solar businesses, including: Sales, Assembly, Installation, Engineering, Manufacturing, Administration, Storage, Research and Development, Marketing, and much more!

Who will be my instructor?
Each student is paired with a facilitator for one-on-one interaction. The facilitator will be available (via e-mail) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our facilitators are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach.
Can I use a Mac?

No, you must access this program from a PC or IBM-compatible computer.

How can I get more information about this program?

If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact us via LIVE CHAT or by calling us at (855) 598-3856. If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please feel free to send us a question using the Contact Us form.

When can I start the program?

Our programs are all open enrollment. You can register and start the program as soon as you are ready.

Please note: Once the program curriculum is accessed online or through submission of a material shipment confirmation, refunds cannot be issued.

What if I don't have enough time to complete my program within the time frame provided?

The time allotted to complete your program has been calculated based on the number of course hours. If after a concerted effort, you are still unable to complete your program on time, your Student Advisor will help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that a fee may be charged for an extension.

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