Solar
Design and Installation
NABCEP
Batteries and Storage

30-Hour Advanced Energy Storage and Code Training + CEUs

by Sean White and 1 other

Course description

This a bundle of 3 courses taught by Sean White and Bill Brooks:

This course is developed and taught by Sean White and includes includes lectures from solar legend Bill Brooks. These are two of the best teachers you'll find in the industry and their goal with this course bundle is to unlock significant growth in the solar + storage market. Adding energy storage systems (ESS) is the next step in the renewable energy revolution. ESS not allows for renewable energy to be used at any time, they also allow the grid run more smoothly.

Dive deep with this advanced training on ESS paired with solar PV installations and relevant fire and building codes. This is your chance to get access to comprehensive, highly technical, and current information on the latest best practices with ESS.

Students will learn the how about different energy storage technologies, how ESS installs are dictated by the National Electrical Code (NEC), how electric vehicles and bidirectional charging stations fit into the mix, building and fire codes related to PV and ESS installs, and more.

This course bundle qualifies for 30 hours of advanced training required for NABCEP PV Certification Exams and all CEU hours for recertification. HeatSpring is an Accredited NABCEP Provider.

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Continuing Education Units

Approved for: NABCEP Advanced Credit Hours, NABCEP NEC, NABCEP JTA, NABCEP RE Elective, NABCEP Building or Fire Code, NABCEP PV Associate Renewal.

Approved NABCEP CEU Hours
NABCEP Credential Advanced Hours for Exam Recertification CEU Hours NEC JTA RE Elective Building or Fire Code
30 30 16 30 14 4
0 24 0 0 0 0
20 30 16 30 14 4
20 30 16 30 14 4
20 30 0 30 14 4
20 30 16 30 14 4
0 10 10 0 0 0
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This course counts towards the training requirements for taking NABCEP professional certification exams and CEUs for renewing all certifications.

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Course Outline #1 - Energy Storage Associate Boot Camp

Module 1 - History of Energy Storage, Markets and Applications for ESS's, and Safety Basics

This week you'll learn about the beginnings of solar PV technology, current markets and applications for the technology, and the basic safety considerations and requirements for solar PV installers. Topics include: different types of PV systems, OSHA, National Electrical Code (NEC), arc flashes, overcurrent protection devices, fall protection, and lockout-tagout (LOTO).

  • Welcome! Plus AC and DC Coupling (27:43 minutes) Preview
  • Energy Storage Systems Overview (12:33 minutes)
  • Required Discussion Board Post #1-Book Chapter 1 "ESS Overview and Applications"
  • Electrochemistry and History of Batteries (14:37 minutes)
  • Electricity Basics (13:35 minutes)
  • Required Discussion Board Post #2-Book Chapter 2 "Electricity Basics"
  • ESS Uses (26:42 minutes)
  • To view your test results
  • When asking questions about test questions
  • ESS Boot Camp Module 1 Quiz
  • Quiz 1 Answers and Explanations (.pdf)
Module 2 - Energy Storage Fundamentals

This week covers concepts, definitions, terminology, and formulas related to electricity. It also lays out the science, data, and principles you must understand to grasp how solar energy is collected. Topics include: Ohm's Law, power, energy, voltage, current, batteries, multimeters, measurement, types of DC connections, transmission, insolation data, solar time, sun paths, shading, and solar radiation.

  • ESS Units (25:58 minutes)
  • Required Discussion Board Post #3-Book Chapter 3 "ESS Units"
  • ESS Chemistries Part 1 (21:08 minutes)
  • ESS Chemistries Part 2 (22:26 minutes)
  • Lithium Chemistries Deeper Dive Part 1 (15:00 minutes)
  • Lithium Chemistries Deeper Dive Part 2 (21:44 minutes)
  • Series and Parallel Wiring (11:29 minutes)
  • ESS Boot Camp Module 2 Quiz
  • Quiz 2 Answers and Explanations (.pdf)
Module 3 - Common components for Energy Storage Systems

For small and large scale energy storage systems, we will cover some of the top brands, how they work and how they are designed.

  • Common Components for Residential Energy Storage Systems Part 1 (1 of 2) (20:40 minutes) Preview
  • Common Components for Residential Energy Storage Systems Part 1 (2 of 2) (31:15 minutes)
  • Common Components for Residential Energy Storage Systems Part 2 (1 of 2) (25:14 minutes)
  • Common Components for Residential Energy Storage Systems Part 2 (2 of 2) (27:42 minutes)
  • Common Components for Residential Energy Storage Systems Part 3 (1 of 2) (18:05 minutes)
  • Common Components for Residential Energy Storage Systems Part 3 (2 of 2) (15:26 minutes)
  • Common Components for Residential Energy Storage Systems Part 4 (1 of 2) (16:41 minutes)
  • Common Components for Residential Energy Storage Systems Part 4 (2 of 2) (28:43 minutes)
  • Required Discussion Board Post #4-Book Chapter 4 "Residential Sized Storage"
  • Common Components for Utility and Commercial-Scale Energy Storage Systems Part 1 (27:35 minutes) Preview
  • Common Components for Utility and Commercial-Scale Energy Storage Systems Part 2 (1 of 2) (16:41 minutes)
  • Common Components for Utility and Commercial-Scale Energy Storage Systems Part 2 (2 of 2) (20:46 minutes)
  • Common Components for Utility and Commercial-Scale Energy Storage Systems Part 3 (1 of 2) (18:39 minutes)
  • Common Components for Utility and Commercial-Scale Energy Storage Systems Part 3 (2 of 2) (21:00 minutes)
  • Required Discussion Board Post #5-Book Chapter 5 "Grid-Scale ESS System Design"
  • ESS Boot Camp Module 3 Quiz
  • Quiz 3 Answers and Explanations (.pdf)
Module 4 - Various Energy Storage System Topics.

In this module we cover virtual power plants, C-rates, supercapicitors, lithium vs. lead-acid batteries, battery discharging, state of charge, 3-phase power, grounding and off-grid systems.

  • Virtual Power Plants (VPP) (13:48 minutes) Preview
  • Required Discussion Board Post #6-Book Chapter 6 "The Modern Electricity Grid"
  • C-Rates, Supercapacitors, and more (19:36 minutes)
  • C-Rates Continued, Battery Basics, and more (19:43 minutes)
  • Required Discussion Board Post #7-Book Chapter 7 "Grid Storage Applications"
  • Lithium-Ion Batteries vs. Lead-Acid Batteries (30:51 minutes)
  • Required Discussion Board Post #8-Book Chapter 8 "ESS Chemistries and Battery Types"
  • Battery Discharging Graphs Part 1 (24:59 minutes)
  • Battery Discharging Graphs Part 2 (19:14 minutes)
  • State of Charge (28:17 minutes)
  • Required Discussion Board Post #9-Book Chapter 9 "Lithium-Ion Deeper Dive"
  • 3-Phase Power, System Grounding, and Off-Grid Systems Part 1 (22:19 minutes)
  • 3-Phase Power, System Grounding, and Off-Grid Systems Part 2 (20:02 minutes)
  • ESS Boot Camp Module 4 Quiz
  • Quiz 4 Answers and Explanations (.pdf)
Module 5 - More ESS!

  • Line/Load Side Connections, ISC's, grounding, and more! Part 1 (24:18 minutes)
  • Line/Load Side Connections, ISC's, grounding, and more! Part 2 (21:45 minutes)
  • Different ESS Technologies Part 1 (19:14 minutes)
  • Different ESS Technologies Part 2 (19:51 minutes)
  • Flywheels Part 1 (13:02 minutes)
  • Flywheels Part 2 (21:08 minutes)
  • Gravity (12:40 minutes)
  • Energy Storage System Markets Part 1 (22:30 minutes)
  • Energy Storage System Markets Part 2 (17:35 minutes)
  • Energy Storage Tech Comparisons including Solid Oxide Fuel Cells, Lithium-Ion vs. Lead-Acid, Sodium Sulfur, UL 9540 and UL 1973 Part 1 (19:27 minutes)
  • Discussion Board Post #10-Book Chapter 10 "Performance and Benefits of Lithium-Ion Storage Integration"
  • Energy Storage Tech Comparisons including Solid Oxide Fuel Cells, Lithium-Ion vs. Lead-Acid, Sodium Sulfur, UL 9540 and UL 1973 Part 2 (21:01 minutes)
  • NEC and Energy Storage Systems (ESS) including Article 706 Parts I and II (1 of 2) (23:35 minutes)
  • NEC and Energy Storage Systems (ESS) including Article 706 Parts I and II (2 of 2) (20:59 minutes)
  • NEC Article 706 Energy Storage Systems part III to end (1 of 2) (15:28 minutes)
  • NEC Article 706 Energy Storage Systems part III to end (2 of 2) (16:08 minutes)
  • Energy Storage System Code in the NEC besides Article 706 ESS Part 1 (22:23 minutes)
  • Energy Storage System Code in the NEC besides Article 706 ESS Part 2 (16:13 minutes)
  • International Residential Code (IRC) and Energy Storage Systems (ESS) with Bill Brooks (advanced topic) (27:36 minutes)
  • 2021 International Residential Code (IRC), International Building Code (IBC) and International Fire Code (IFC) with Bill Brooks (advanced topic) (16:21 minutes)
  • International Fire Code (IFC) and Energy Storage Systems (ESS) with Bill Brooks (advanced topic) (07:42 minutes)
  • NEC 4- Chapter 6, 7, 8 and 9 (21:18 minutes)
  • NEC 5- Article 705 Interconnected Power Production Sources Part 1 (21:33 minutes)
  • NEC 5- Article 705 Interconnected Power Production Sources Part 2 (17:52 minutes)
  • Required Discussion Board Post #11-Book Chapter 11 "Grid Benefits Case Study"
  • Backfeeding the grid with a Tesla Model S (02:01 minutes)
  • ESS Boot Camp Module 5 Quiz
  • Quiz 5 Answers and Explanations (.pdf)
  • ESS Boot Camp Final Exam
  • Final Exam Answers and Explanations (.pdf)
  • New Information Version 2

Course Outline #2 - 10-Hour Energy Storage 2020 NEC Class

Module 1 - NEC Overview

  • Overview: NEC Chapters 4, 5 & 6. 4 is Equipment for General Use and includes 480 Storage Batteries, 5 is Special Occupancies and 6 is Special Equipment and includes 690 PV! (20:50 minutes)
  • Overview: NEC Chapter 7 Video 1 of 2 including Articles 705 Interconnections, 706 Energy Storage Systems and 710 Stand-Alone Systems (23:32 minutes)
  • Overview: NEC Chapter 7 Video 2 of 2, including Articles 710 Stand Alone Systems and 712 DC Microgrids (24:26 minutes)
  • NEC Chapter 4 Featuring Article 480! Part 1 (15:38 minutes)
  • NEC Chapter 4 Featuring Article 480! Part 2 (17:11 minutes)
Module 2 - Energy Storage Systems (706) and Interconnections

  • 2020 NEC Article 706 Energy Storage Systems (37:47 minutes)
  • 2017 NEC Video - 705 Interconnected Power Production Sources Part 1 (26 minutes) (25:51 minutes)
  • 2017 NEC Video 12 - 705 Interconnected Power Production Sources Part 2 (21 minutes) (20:46 minutes)
  • Bill Brooks talks Energy Storage Systems Part 1 (22:29 minutes)
  • Bill Brooks talks Energy Storage Systems Part 2 (10:56 minutes)
  • Bill Brooks talks Storage Batteries Article 480 (03:30 minutes)
  • Bill Brooks talks EV Power Transfer Station (05:38 minutes) Preview
  • Bill gets excited talking about 705.13 Power Control Systems (08:16 minutes)
  • Bill Brooks on 705 Video 1 Supply and Load Side Connections (07:44 minutes)
  • Bill Brooks on 705 Video 2 with ESS Implications and Markets (11:51 minutes)
  • Bill Brooks on 705 Video 3 More 705.13 PCS and MIDs (08:04 minutes)
  • More EV to Grid-Full Circle with Bill Brooks (07:14 minutes) Preview
  • Bill Brooks on 705 Video 4 Supply-Side Connections and Microgrids (10:16 minutes)
  • Bill Brooks on 705 Video 5 Wire Sizing and Supply-Side Connections (05:52 minutes) Preview
  • Bill Brooks on 705 Video 6 Load-Side Connections (26:10 minutes)
Module 3 - More NEC

  • Answer to Question on Connecting PV System to a Split Bus Panel (10:59 minutes)
  • Code-Compliant Conductor Sizing - SolarPro (PDF) (.pdf)
  • Code Compliant Conductor Sizing: a 2021 take on a 2011 SolarPro Article Part 1 (16:41 minutes)
  • Code Compliant Conductor Sizing: a 2021 take on a 2011 SolarPro Article Part 2 (18:55 minutes)
  • Wire Sizing (Chapter 12 PV and the NEC) (.pdf)
  • PV UL Listing 1703 transitioned to UL 61730 (.pdf)
  • Utility Scale Grounding Discussion (21:38 minutes) Preview
  • 2020 National Electrical Code 706 With Bill Brooks Part 1 (20:04 minutes)
  • 2020 National Electrical Code 706 With Bill Brooks Part 2 (17:26 minutes)

Course Outline #3 - 2-Hour Advanced Solar Building & Fire Codes

Module 1 - 2-Hour Advanced Solar Building & Fire Codes

  • About this Building and Fire Code Class
  • Where to find the International Code Council (ICC) Codes
  • Books and resources
  • Go-At-Your-Own-Pace
  • Connect with your instructor Sean on LinkedIn
  • International Fire Code (IFC) and Energy Storage Systems (ESS) with Bill Brooks (advanced topic) (07:42 minutes) (07:42 minutes)
  • Building and Fire Codes with Bill Brooks Part 1- 2020 NFPA 855 Energy Storage Systems, IRC, IBC, IFC, NFPA 1, ICC (08:41 minutes)
  • Building and Fire Codes with Bill Brooks Part 2 Roof Setbacks (30:55 minutes)
  • Building and Fire Codes with Bill Brooks Part 3 The ICC i-codes (13:55 minutes)
  • International Residential Code (IRC) and Energy Storage Systems (ESS) with Bill Brooks (advanced topic) (27:36 minutes)
  • 2021 International Residential Code (IRC), International Building Code (IBC) and International Fire Code (IFC) with Bill Brooks (advanced topic) (16:21 minutes)

Instructors

Sean White

2014 IREC Trainer of the Year

Sean White was the 2014 Interstate Renewable Energy Council Trainer of the Year. He is an ISPQ Certified Solar PV Master Trainer and has authored several books on solar. He contributed to the development of the NABCEP PV Installation Professional Job Task Analysis and has been a member of the NABCEP PV Installation Professional Technical Committee. Sean is a... Learn more

Bill Brooks

Principal, Brooks Engineering

Bill Brooks PE, of Brooks Engineering LLC, has over 30 years of experience designing, installing, and evaluating grid-connected PV systems. More than 12,000 installers and inspectors have attended his courses throughout the U.S. and abroad. His field troubleshooting skills have been valuable in determining where problems occur to focus training on those issues of... Learn more

Ratings

4.6
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Courses with student ratings: 3

by Nathan Coggins, Owner, Appalachian Properties 06/21/2022

These are the smartest guys on the planet, if you really want to tap into their matrix take the course!

by Chris Connelly, Owner/President, Solar Bear Energy 05/19/2022

I have taken a number of Sean White's courses, and they have all been excellent. He is able to break down the complexities of the subject matter into terms that are easy to comprehend. Great Trainer!

by Art Krebs, CEO, Krebs Ventures LLC dba Construction Art 05/12/2022

Great course. A must take to keep up with new updates on Solar and Fire Code. Highly recommended.

by Ed Zinthefer, President, Arch Electric Inc 04/09/2022

This course provide me the CEU's necessary to maintain my NABCEP credentials. One of the reasons I selected this course was to gain additional industry knowledge. I was pleased with time spent and the purchase value which far exceeds other education platforms I have experienced that resulted in more of a check the box type of CEU's with little educational value. Thanks for a well written course.

by Alexander Roach, General Manager, Astrawatt Solar 03/24/2022

Bill does a great job of breaking down each code and how it applies in real world conditions. Thank you Sean for putting together another great course!

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