Solar
Design and Installation
NABCEP
Inspection, O&M

Introduction to Solar PV Design, Installation and Code - Self Study

by Sean White • Last updated 06/2022

4.7/5 (view ratings)
7806 students
4 modules
CEUs
03:29 hours
33 assignments

Course description

This course will teach you the basics of solar PV. Most of the updated presentation was recorded in Summer 2021. The course is intended for newcomers to the solar industry and can be taken any time. Participants can expect to learn:

  • An introduction to electricity and solar
  • History of the solar industry and market applications
  • Solar design basics
  • Solar installation basics
  • Solar code, including 2017 and 2020 NEC
  • Economics and market dynamics

Note: This course was recently redesigned and approved for NABCEP credits!

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Continuing Education Units

Approved for: NABCEP Advanced Credit Hours, NABCEP NEC, NABCEP JTA, NABCEP RE Elective, 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
1 3.5 1 1 2 0
0 3.5 0 0 0 0
1 3.5 1 1 2 0
1 3.5 1 1 2 0
1 3.5 0 1 2 0
0 3.5 1 0 2 0
0 3.5 1 0 0 0
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Full course outline

Module 1 - Introduction to Solar PV Markets

Let's get started! In this opening module you'll meet Dr. Sean White, the lead instructor for the course. Sean will dive into a discussion of PV Markets, including: Types of PV Systems, Applications for PV Systems, and Features and Benefits of PV Systems.

  • Welcome & Sean White Introduction (01:38 minutes)
  • Connect with your instructor Sean on LinkedIn
  • Basic Solar Statistics (03:02 minutes)
  • PV Markets and Applications (11:07 minutes)
  • More PV Applications and Tools (08:23 minutes)
  • PV History (02:49 minutes)
  • Solar Industry Outlook (02:02 minutes)
  • New Technologies and Industry Growth Rates (02:47 minutes)
  • PV Modules (01:04 minutes)
  • Energy Storage Applications (01:27 minutes)
  • Solar Market Report Summary (.pdf)
Module 2 - Introduction to Solar PV Design

Becoming a great solar pv designer takes a deep understanding of electricity, engineering, and construction. We don't cover all of those things here - but we give you just enough to be dangerous. Work your way through this series of assignments, and you'll be on your way to becoming a solar pv designer.

  • Introduction to the IV Curve (02:04 minutes)
  • Solar Electricity Basics (05:35 minutes)
  • Electricity Basics & The Physics of Solar PV Design (11:16 minutes)
  • PV System Sizing - Introduction (30:50 minutes)
  • String Sizing - Introduction to Voltage Temperature Calculations (17:46 minutes)
Module 3 - Introduction to Solar PV Installation

Performing thorough and efficient site visits is absolutely critical to the success of profitable solar projects, especially residential projects! You need to be able to capture all of the necessary information to quote the system correctly, design the project, and let the installation crew what to expect. An efficient site visit process will lead to smooth operations and profitable jobs while a complex process can lead to unprofitable jobs and a lot of confusion.

  • Solar Module Mounting Techniques (43:05 minutes)
  • Solar PV Commissioning Checklist (.pdf)
  • PV Safety Basics (02:30 minutes)
Module 4 - Introduction to Solar Code - Including the 2017 & 2020 NEC

Understanding the NEC is key for a project manager, engineer, or installer. This section covers the basics of solar code so you can determine how much you know and what you need to study.

  • Introduction to the 2017 & 2020 NEC (12:26 minutes)
  • NEC and Energy Storage Systems (15:37 minutes)
  • Article 690 and the 2020 NEC (13:25 minutes)
  • Rapid Shutdown - Article 690.12 (02:10 minutes)
  • Article 705 (09:18 minutes)
  • The 120% Rule (08:18 minutes)

Author

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

Ratings

4.7
1075 reviews

7,806 students have taken this course

by Demar King 06/17/2022

I really appreciated the presentation

by David Lamb 05/21/2022

Fantastic preview and expedited intro to the past, present and future of the Solar industry! I took this course as a refresher, for my continuing education credits, and this course exceeded any and all expectations!! Looking forward to future courses with Instructor Sean White. Thanks, DL !!

by Evan Franklin 04/18/2022

i loved the program now i will get to use these skills when i am building my house.

by Nathan Coggins, Owner, Appalachian Properties 03/26/2022

I’ve been hearing about heatspring since the first PV course I took, I have not been disappointed. Thank you, heatspring

by Jakari Blunt 02/23/2022

The course is a very good powerful and a good site

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