Design and Installation

Understanding Utility Scale Solar Construction Drawings

Andy Nyce • Last updated 05/2023

4.8/5 (view ratings)
17 students
5 modules
2:49 hours
30 assignments

Course description

This is a purpose-built course designed for utility-scale solar teams. There's no fluff - our goal is to get everyone speaking the same language and working as a team on utility scale solar projects.

Utility-scale solar farms have a total capacity of 74 GW nationwide—enough to power 16 million homes, and the solar industry employs 253,000 Americans. How valuable would it be for everyone working on your utility-scale solar project to understand construction drawing basics and be able to communicate accurately about what is supposed to happen?

When everyone understands how to read the plan sets, your team:

  • Saves time and money
  • Makes fewer mistakes
  • Develops talent faster
  • Builds a reputation for operational excellence

Note: This course shares 'Lesson 1 - Basics of Solar PV' with Andy Nyce's Quality Management in Utility Scale Solar Construction.

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Continuing Education Units

Approved NABCEP CEU Hours
NABCEP Credential Advanced Hours for Exam Recertification CEU Hours NEC JTA RE Elective Building or Fire Code
2.5 2.5 0 2.5 2.5 0
0 2.5 0 0 0 0
2.5 2.5 0 2.5 2.5 0
2.5 2.5 0 2.5 2.5 0
2.5 2.5 0 2.5 2.5 0
2.5 2.5 0 2.5 2.5 0

Full course outline

Welcome - 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.

  • Set up email notifications and your student profile
  • Introduce yourself on the discussion board
Module 1 - Introduction to the Course

  • Introduction to the Course (13:52 minutes) Preview
  • Introduction to the Course (optional download) (.pdf)
  • How the Inflation Reduction Act will Supercharge Solar in the US
Module 2 - Basics of Solar PV

  • Lesson 1 - Basics of Solar PV (35:06 minutes)
  • Lesson 1 - Basics of Solar PV (optional download) (.pdf)
  • Basics of Solar PV Quiz
  • Key Components in a Utility Scale Solar Power Plant
  • Additional Resources & Links
  • A Guide for Developers and Investors (.pdf)
Module 3 - Basics of Drawings

  • Lesson 2 - Basics of Construction Drawings (27:06 minutes)
  • Lesson 2 - Basics of Construction Drawings (optional download) (.pdf)
  • Basics of Drawings Quiz
  • Basics of Bluebeam Revu
  • Basics of Adobe Acrobat
  • Additional Resources & Links
Module 4 - Details of Drawings

  • Lesson 3 - Details of Construction Drawings (01:21:07 hours)
  • Lesson 3 - Details of Construction Drawings (optional download) (.pdf)
  • Details of Drawings Quiz
  • Topography & Contour Lines
  • Using an Architectural Scale on Construction Drawings
  • Using Bluebeam's Calibrate Scale Feature
Module 5 - Expanding Your Opportunities

  • Lesson 4 - Expanding your Opportunities (12:08 minutes)
  • Lesson 4 - Expanding your Opportunities (optional download) (.pdf)
Conclusion - 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!

  • Share the course on LinkedIn and with your wider 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


Andy Nyce

Sr. Director of Project Management, Erthos Inc.

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 1.5GW of execution at every level of installation, management and commissioning. I'm currently the Director... Learn more


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How does this course work?

You can begin this online course instantly upon enrollment. This 5 module course is delivered entirely online. This course is self-paced and you can set your own schedule to complete the materials. You can begin the lecture videos and other course materials as soon as you enroll. During your year of access the instructor will be in the course answering questions on the discussion board. After successfully completing the course, you will be able to generate a certificate of completion.

How long do I have access to the materials?

Students get unlimited access to the course materials as soon as they enroll and for one year (365 days) after enrollment. Rewatch videos and review assignments as many times as you want. View updates the instructor makes to the course as the industry advances. Return to your course anytime with online access from anywhere in the world. After the one year of access expires, access can be extended by joining as a HeatSpring member. A single membership extends access to course materials for all past enrollments.

Is there a certificate of completion?

Yes, when you complete this course you are eligible for a certificate of completion from HeatSpring. You can download your certificate as soon as you have completed all of the course requirements. Students can easily share their verified certificates on their LinkedIn profiles using our LinkedIn integration.

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