Solar Domestic Hot Water Site Visit Checklist
Author: Chris Williams
This course is self-paced and entirely online. The lecture videos and other materials are available any time, and the instructor responds to student questions through a discussion board. In order to participate, you will need an Internet connection and an up-to-date web browser.
In addition to instructor support via the discussion board, students have access to Tom McCormack, HeatSpring's Student Advocate. He is available to answer general questions via email, discussion board, chat, or phone. (Tambien puede responder a preguntas en espanol.)
Chris Williams works with HeatSpring developing products and managing online content. Chris is a NABCEP Certified Solar PV Installer and an IGSHPA Accredited Geothermal Installer. He has installed over 300kW of solar PV systems, tens of residential and commercial solar hot water systems and 50 tons of geothermal equipment. Chris is the Chairman of the Government...[more]
This is a free course. We take pride in our free courses, but keep in mind that this is only a taste of what we do in a full HeatSpring course. For this course you can use the discussion board to interact with other students and ask questions. You will have access to all of the online materials for a full year. Contact Tom McCormack, your Student Advocate, if you have questions. Please review the orientation materials and introduce yourself on the discussion board.
It was hard to boil 5 years of stories, data, and training experience into a single one-hour course. We’ve done our best, and the result is a series of videos, reading assignments, discussion, and resources, with an optional Q&A session via live webinar. This module walks you through the steps for successfully completing the course.
This overview will provide you a quick understanding of how solar PV, solar thermal, geothermal, and building science work. We'll provide you with additional resources you can use to learn more, but this lesson is a critical foundation for understanding where you fit in the industry.
This section of the course will teach you finance basics and how they relate to renewable energy projects. Specifically, we'll focus on understanding gross and net install costs and how government incentives impact those numbers, how to calculate the value of energy that renewable projects create, and why "payback" is a horrible term to communicate the financial implication of renewable energy.
The self-assessment will provide you a framework for understanding how you or your businesses can make money based on your background, skill set, location, and goals. The self-assessment workshop will build upon what you learned in the Basic Technology Overview to provide you with more direction for your next steps. There will also be LIVE Video Q+A today with the instructor where you can ask all of your questions. Please log in to sign into the LIVE Q+A section.
After finishing the self-assessment you can schedule a 30-minute 1-on-1 consultation with HeatSpring. The consultation will provide you with specific next steps and advice based on your goals and knowledge.
After completing the 1 on 1 discussion you'll receive a custom made guide that will combine your self-assement information and next steps with support video and articles that will help you achieve your goals.
Author: Chris Williams