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Learn all about solar construction management and solar construction safety in this 2-course bundle.

Andy Nyce's Utility Scale Solar Construction & Project Management course takes an in-depth look at the development, design, permitting, construction, and commission of large scale solar power plants. Learners will develop an understanding of each of these key steps, building a working knowledge of the solar construction process.

Tripper Gawan's Solar Construction Safety course gives learners a thorough understanding of safety protocols specific to solar construction projects of all scales, covering common hazards and and best practices on residential, commercial, and utility scale sites. 

This bundle is designed for professionals involved in solar construction, including project managers, engineers, technicians, installers, and safety officers. It is suitable for anyone seeking a comprehensive understanding of construction and safety practices in the solar industry.

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Bundle outline

2 courses • 14 modules

Course 1 • 4 modules
Utility-Scale Solar Construction & Project Management
Welcome • 4 assignments
Orientation Materials

This course is self-paced, so you don’t need to be logged in at any specific time. You can get started immediately after you enroll and the course materials will remain in your account with minimum guaranteed access for 12 months (1 year) after enrollment.

  • Introduction to the Course (16:14 minutes) Preview
  • Introduction to the Course (.pdf)
  • Set up email notifications and your student profile
  • Introduce yourself on the discussion board
Module 1 • 15 assignments
Engineering and Procurement

  • Engineering - Basics of Solar (14:27 minutes)
  • Engineering - Basics of Solar - Quiz
  • Engineering - Electrical Flow (07:32 minutes)
  • Engineering - Electrical Flow - Quiz
  • Engineering - Design (12:35 minutes)
  • Engineering - Design - Quiz
  • Design - Additional Resources & Links
  • Procurement - Materials (08:35 minutes)
  • Procurement - Materials - Quiz
  • Materials - Additional Resources and Links
  • Read the Additional Resources and Post a Question on the Discussion Board
  • Optional - Download the slides for the next video - Basics (.pdf)
  • Optional - Download the slides for the next video - Electrical Flow (.pdf)
  • Optional - Download the slides for the next video - Design (.pdf)
  • Optional - Download the slides for the next video - Materials (.pdf)
Module 2 • 8 assignments
Development & Owners Engineering

  • Development - Early Stage (09:40 minutes)
  • Development - Engineering and Permitting (07:56 minutes)
  • Development - Pre-Execution (08:43 minutes)
  • A Guide for Developers and Investors (.pdf)
  • How the Inflation Reduction Act will Supercharge Solar in the US
  • Optional - Download the slides for the next video - Early Stage (.pdf)
  • Optional - Download the slides for the next video - Engineering and Permitting (.pdf)
  • Optional - Download the slides for the next video - Pre-Execution (.pdf)
Module 3 • 27 assignments
Construction

  • Construction - Basics (20:24 minutes)
  • Construction - Basics - Quiz
  • Safety Practices
  • Journey to Safety Excellence
  • Construction - Mechanical (10:06 minutes)
  • Construction - Mechanical - Quiz
  • Mechanical - Additional Resources - Sunfolding
  • Erthos - Solar, Simplified
  • Construction - Electrical (06:47 minutes)
  • Construction - Electrical - Quiz
  • Construction - Tools & Equipment (03:36 minutes)
  • Construction - Tools & Equipment - Quiz
  • Construction - Quality (10:54 minutes)
  • Construction - Quality - Quiz
  • Quality - Additional Links and Resources
  • Construction - Field Engineering (04:09 minutes)
  • Construction - Field Engineering - Quiz
  • Assignment - Racking Systems Analysis Template (.docx)
  • Assignment - Racking Systems Analysis
  • Optional - Job Hazard Analysis (.doc)
  • Optional - Download the slides for the next video - Basics (.pdf)
  • Optional - Download the slides for the next video - Mechanical (.pdf)
  • Optional - Download the slides for the next video - Electrical (.pdf)
  • Optional - Download the slides for the next video - Tools & Equipment (.pdf)
  • Optional - Download the slides for the next video - Quality (.pdf)
  • Optional - Download the slides for the next video - Field Engineering (.pdf)
  • Pre-Construction Checklist (.xlsx)
Module 4 • 7 assignments
Commissioning, Testing & Next Steps

  • Commissioning & Testing (12:42 minutes)
  • Commissioning - Quiz
  • Expanding Your Opportunities (11:23 minutes)
  • Additional Resources (youtube webinar)
  • Additional Resource (PVTech Article) (.pdf)
  • Optional - Download the slides for the next video (Expanding your Opportunities) (.pdf)
  • Optional - Download the slides for the next video (Commissioning) (.pdf)
Conclusion • 6 assignments
Feedback and Additional Resources

This is our last module but you still have access to the all of course materials for 12 months (1 year), so keep working and you'll be able to complete the course at your own pace. After your year of access expires you can optionally extend access with a HeatSpring Membership. Enjoy the course and keep in touch!

  • Join the Exclusive LinkedIn Page for Additional Connections & Discussion
  • Post about your positive experience with your network!
  • 1 Year of Access to Course Materials
  • Feedback: 2-minute Exit Survey
  • Consider Joining as a HeatSpring Member
  • Certificate of Completion: Request a Certificate
Course 2 • 10 modules
Solar Construction Safety
Welcome • 4 assignments
Orientation Materials

This course is self-paced, so you don’t need to be logged in at any specific time. You can get started immediately after you enroll and the course materials will remain in your account with minimum guaranteed access for 12 months (1 year) after enrollment.

  • Introduction to your instructor - Tripper Gawan (07:37 minutes)
  • Introduction about your instructor - Tripper Gawan (PDF) (.pdf)
  • Set up email notifications and your student profile
  • Introduce yourself on the discussion board
Module 1 • 4 assignments
Why Solar: An Introduction into the Solar Industry

This is a relatively quick introduction into solar and why it's a great time to double down on your education. Key items include demand, cost reduction, merging technologies, and general benefits of going solar.

  • Solar and why it's a great industry - Falling costs and technological advances (12:51 minutes)
  • Solar and why it's a great industry - Financial incentives, job creation, and environmental impacts (16:34 minutes)
  • Solar and why it's a great industry (PDF) (.pdf)
  • QUIZ: Introduction to solar and why it's a great industry
Module 2 • 8 assignments
Introduction to Solar Construction Safety

An overview of the solar construction industry highlighting the importance of safety during solar installations and the
regulatory agencies and standards that support.

  • Why safety is important? An example (05:37 minutes)
  • What is solar construction and what are common hazards? (12:09 minutes)
  • Solar jobsite safety, warehouse safety, and medical emergencies (11:16 minutes)
  • Safety considerations for cranes, lifts, and weather-related emergencies (08:26 minutes)
  • Examining safety data (10:41 minutes)
  • Regulatory oversight of safety (07:08 minutes)
  • Introduction into solar construction safety (PDF) (.pdf)
  • QUIZ: Introduction into solar construction safety
Module 3 • 5 assignments
Hazard Identification

In this module you will begin to understand the necessity of hazard identification and awareness. Each project or job site will have it's own unique potentials for danger or potential harm to workers or to the public.

  • Hierarchy of controls and hazard identification (09:35 minutes)
  • Electrical hazards (10:25 minutes)
  • Other common hazards with solar construction (15:39 minutes)
  • Hazard identification (PDF) (.pdf)
  • QUIZ: Hazard identification
Module 4 • 4 assignments
Personal Protective Equipment

This section is created to outline the purpose and usage of PPE in the construction workplace. By the end of this module the student should be able to understand how PPE fits into the overall safety expectations of the boots on the ground employee. PPE is the FINAL focus of safety in a construction environment.

  • Personal protective equipment - Fall protection (17:08 minutes)
  • Personal protective equipment - Electrical PPE (06:15 minutes)
  • Personal protective equipment (PDF) (.pdf)
  • QUIZ: Personal protective equipment
Module 5 • 4 assignments
Fire Safety

This module is focused on Fire Safety and the employees role in mitigation and support.

  • Fire safety emergency response (08:24 minutes)
  • Fire safety logic (13:49 minutes)
  • Fire safety (PDF) (.pdf)
  • QUIZ: Fire safety
Module 6 • 4 assignments
Equipment and Tools Usage Safety

  • Equipment and tool safety - Primary considerations (10:43 minutes)
  • Equipment and tool safety - Proper usage (11:40 minutes)
  • Equipment and tool safety (PDF) (.pdf)
  • QUIZ: Equipment and tool safety
Module 7 • 4 assignments
Emergency Response and First Aid

Following a lesson on emergency response and first aid in solar construction, students should grasp the fundamentals of identifying hazards, performing basic first aid, and understanding site-specific emergency protocols. They'll be equipped with the knowledge to recognize common risks in solar construction, initiate appropriate responses during emergencies, and collaborate effectively with colleagues and emergency services. Overall, the lesson aims to instill a proactive mindset toward safety, preparing students to react swiftly and effectively to potential incidents in solar construction settings.

  • Types of emergencies & emergency response (10:51 minutes)
  • First aid (12:48 minutes)
  • Emergency response and first aid (PDF) (.pdf)
  • QUIZ: Emergency response and first aid
Module 8 • 3 assignments
Environmental Considerations

Understanding environmental considerations is crucial in safety policy guidance as it enables the identification and mitigation of potential hazards arising from ecological impacts. Environmental factors significantly influence workplace safety, from chemical exposures to habitat disruptions, necessitating policies that address these risks to safeguard both workers and ecosystems. Integrating environmental awareness into safety policies ensures a holistic approach to risk management, promoting sustainable practices that protect both human health and the environment.

  • Environmental considerations (15:13 minutes)
  • Environmental considerations (PDF) (.pdf)
  • QUIZ: Environmental considerations
Module 9 • 7 assignments
Solar-Specific Safety Guidance

In this module the student will complete the final understanding of safety in the solar construction field and be able to work healthfully and safely within the solar construction environment on any project.

  • Solar-specific safety guidance - Ergonomics & Heights (14:56 minutes)
  • Solar-specific safety guidance - Fall protection (05:25 minutes)
  • Solar-specific safety guidance - Electrical (08:12 minutes)
  • Solar-specific safety guidance - Driving (03:16 minutes)
  • Solar-specific safety guidance - Heat & cold (07:14 minutes)
  • Solar-specific safety guidance (PDF) (.pdf)
  • QUIZ: Solar-specific safety guidance
Module 10 • 1 assignments
Module 10: Final Exam

This Module is the Final Exam for Solar Construction Safety. It is a comprehensive exam covering all previous modules, note: If you did well on each module quiz you will do well on the final, many of the questions are very similar or directly transposed.

  • Solar Construction Safety Final Exam
Conclusion • 4 assignments
Feedback and Additional Resources

This is our last module but you still have access to the all of course materials for 12 months (1 year), so keep working and you'll be able to complete the course at your own pace. After your year of access expires you can optionally extend access with a HeatSpring Membership. Enjoy the course and keep in touch!

  • 1 Year of Access to Course Materials
  • Feedback: 2-minute Exit Survey
  • Consider Joining as a HeatSpring Member
  • Certificate of Completion: Request a Certificate

Continuing Education Units

Approved for the following CEUs

  • NABCEP Advanced Credit Hours
  • NABCEP JTA
  • NABCEP RE Elective
  • NABCEP PV Associate Renewal

Approved NABCEP CEU Hours

NABCEP Registered Provider

This course counts towards the training requirements for taking NABCEP professional certification exams and CEUs for renewing all certifications.

Instructors

  • Andy Nyce

    Sr. Director of Project Management, Erthos Inc.
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    I'm Andy Nyce - originally from New Zealand, but I've spent the last nine years in the United States in a range of engineering, construction, project management and quality control roles in the large scale renewables industry. I've been directly involved in over 2GW of execution at every level of installation, management and commissioning. I'm currently the Sr.... Learn more

  • Tripper Gawan

    Director Of Operations, G1 Solar
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    Throughout my professional journey, I've played a central role in steering transformative initiatives and fostering collaborative environments that drive organizational growth. Notably, I've demonstrated a strategic approach to evolving companies, optimizing project lifecycle management processes, and fostering valuable relationships with stakeholders from all... Learn more

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Reviews

4.7
Based on 138 reviews from the 2 courses in this bundle
04/09/2024

This course is one of the more effective courses when it comes to safety in the solar industry. Most safety courses are not specifically tailored to solar so this course is a breath of fresh air! Please do yourself a favor and take this course!

Blake Correia
03/06/2024

I took this course to give myself a refresher on the industry I know and love, both the technical aspects and the operational highlights. I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone looking to review their understanding of solar construction or those needing an informative introduction for the first time! Expand and strengthen your knowledge base, sign up now!

Taylor Mitchel
01/24/2024

I loved this course! If you are looking to move into solar construction management this is exactly what you need!

Adam Cormier

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