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About this course

This module is a part of Footprint Project's open-source training curriculum for volunteers and disaster responders. This module focuses on explaining the basics of electricity, how to estimate your energy needs for a site where you are interested to have a solar generator, how to size the various components of a solar generator given your energy needs, and then a more detailed look at safety when working with and around solar generators.

If you are taking this module as a Footprint Project volunteer, please download and save your certificate upon completion.

About Footprint Project: Our mission is to help build back greener after disasters by providing cleaner energy to communities in crisis. Learn more about our work and get involved at www.footprintproject.org!

Energy Technicians (Module 3) takes volunteers through a few presentations:
3.1 Electricity Basics
3.2 How to Estimate Energy Needs
3.3 How to Size a Solar Generator
3.4 Energy Technician Solar Generator Safety

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Course outline

4 modules • 13 assignments • 1:32 hours of video lectures

Module 1 • 2 assignments
Electricity Basics

In this training we will review voltage, current, power, and energy so that you can more easily understand electricity as it relates to a solar generator.

  • Electricity Basics (16:55 minutes)
  • Quiz: Electricity Basics
Module 2 • 3 assignments
How to Estimate Energy Needs

In this training we will go through the process to assess your power and energy loads at a potential solar generator site. This allows you to understand how much power and energy are needed so that you could then size the components of a generator to meet your needs.

  • Worksheet 3.2: Estimating Energy Needs (.pdf)
  • Estimating Energy Needs (16:32 minutes)
  • Quiz: Estimating Energy Needs
Module 3 • 4 assignments
How to Size a Solar Generator

In this training we will walk you through the process of sizing the various components of your solar generator, based on the power and energy loads assessment.

  • Worksheet 3.3: Sizing Your Solar Generator (.pdf)
  • Sizing A Solar Generator (36:02 minutes)
  • A Website for Determining Peak Sun Hours
  • Quiz: Sizing a Solar Generator
Module 4 • 2 assignments
Energy Technician Solar Generator Safety

This training will review some of the training information from Solar Smart Hands, while also adding some additional detail for volunteers who may work directly on the wiring and components in a solar generator.

  • Energy Technician Solar Generator Safety (22:27 minutes)
  • Quiz: Solar Generator Safety for Energy Technicians

Continuing Education Units

Approved for the following CEUs

  • 1 Footprint Project Volunteer Credits


  • Riley Neugebauer

    Trainer, Solar for Women & Footprint Project
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    Riley brings expertise in management, communications, and solar installation. She has a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Allegheny College in western PA, and a certificate in Photovoltaic System Design & Installation from San Juan College in Farmington, NM. Riley has held varied posts that range from Electrical Apprentice to Farmer to Sustainability Coordinator, and... Learn more

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