Solar Energy Training

The solar industry is experiencing exponential growth, and recent federal legislation, such as the Inflation Reduction Act and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, is driving even greater demand for solar energy. Our online solar energy course is designed to provide comprehensive training in this booming field, covering key concepts that will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to excel.

In this solar training course, you will discover the factors driving this industry's growth...

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3 Months / 40 Course Hrs
Open Enrollment
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Course code: GES7019

What you will learn

  • Understand the factors driving the growth and demand in the solar industry, such as government policies, environmental concerns, and the decreasing cost of solar panels
  • Discover the benefits and limitations of solar photovoltaics (PV)
  • Uncover the positive environmental impact, energy independence, and cost savings associated with solar PV systems, including the challenges and considerations that come with their installation and operation
  • Obtain knowledge of essential components of a solar PV system, including solar panels, inverters, charge controllers, and batteries
  • Learn how to size PV systems to ensure optimal performance and efficiency
  • Review electricity fundamentals and safety protocols to create a secure work environment and mitigate potential hazards on the job site
  • Acquire electrical concepts to better emphasize safety practices, including voltage, current, and power, and how they relate to solar PV systems

How you will benefit

  • Gain a deep understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of solar PV to enhance your decision-making capabilities on the job site and during customer negotiations, setting you apart as a knowledgeable professional in the industry
  • Master PV system sizing techniques to ensure your customers maximize the benefits of their solar energy systems while avoiding unnecessary expenses, establishing yourself as a trusted expert who delivers cost-effective solutions
  • Acquire a solid foundation in electricity basics to prioritize safety on the job site and perform work effectively, showcasing your commitment to maintaining a secure working environment and delivering high-quality results

How the course is taught

  • Self-paced, online course
  • 3 Months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 40 course hours
  1. History of Solar
  2. Solar Energy Systems
  3. Evaluate Solar Resources
  4. Load Analysis
  5. Solar Photovoltaic Systems
  6. Solar Hot Water Systems
  7. System Maintenance
  8. Safety
  9. PV Markets & Application
  10. Safety Basics
  11. Electrical Basics
  12. Solar Energy Fundamentals
  13. PV Module Fundamentals
  14. System Components
  15. PV System Sizing Principles
  16. PV System Electrical Design
  17. PV System Mechanical Design
  18. Performance Analysis
  19. Life Cycle Costing
  20. Efficiency vs. Renewable Energy
  21. Incentive Mechanisms
  22. Grid Inter-Connectivity
  23. The Big Picture

Chris Boggiano

Chris Boggiano is a respected professional known for his expertise in engineering and education. Holding the position of President at Everblue, he leads the organization with a passion for innovation and a commitment to excellence. Chris is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he cultivated strong leadership skills and a dedication to continuous learning. With a solid foundation in engineering, he has garnered extensive experience in the field, contributing significantly to various projects and initiatives.

In addition to his role as an engineer, Chris serves as Everblue's Head Curriculum Developer, showcasing his exceptional ability to design educational programs that inspire and empower. His innovative approach to curriculum development has earned him recognition, making a meaningful impact on the educational landscape. Chris' dedication to shaping future generations through education and his rich background in engineering reflects his unwavering commitment to making a difference in the world of learning and professional development.

Prerequisites:

There are no prerequisites to take this course.

Requirements:

Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC, Mac, or Chromebook.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 10 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.15 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox is preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Microsoft Word Online
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Other:

  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

According to Indeed, the average solar panel installer salary is $69,272 per year in the U.S., with $7,500 in overtime annually as of October 13, 2023.

While this course may not specifically prepare you for certification, it offers valuable solar training that will significantly enhance your professional development and increase your employability within the thriving solar industry. By completing this course, you will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in solar-related roles and position yourself for exciting job opportunities in the renewable energy sector.

This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course whenever you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

After you register, you will receive 3 months to complete the course. The time allotted for completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours.

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact the student advising team to see what options you may have available to work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

Our courses are designed to accommodate various learning preferences. Depending on the course structure, you may get different forms of support. Self-paced courses are designed to be user-friendly and independent, minimizing the need for external support. In courses with instructors, our direct platform support feature includes opportunities for questions, discussions, and remediation, with email and phone support available for select courses. Our student advising team is available to guide you on program requirements and administrative requests, but they do not provide assistance with course content. Our goal is to provide you with the necessary support for success, whether it's through self-paced exploration, direct communication, or guidance from our advising team.

Upon successfully passing the final exam, you will be awarded a certificate of completion from the school or organization that you registered through.

ed2go courses will help you gain the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. However, you should always research the job market in your area before enrolling.

ed2go courses are non-credit, so they do not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA, and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards may provide funding to take our courses. Additionally, you may qualify for financial assistance if you meet certain requirements. Learn more about financial assistance.

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