This course will allow participants to gain practical and theoretical knowledge about utility scale commercial and industrial solar and storage systems with a focus on real-world applications and current working examples of the various technologies.
Flexible Online Training for Industry Professionals
You can begin this online course instantly upon enrollment. Get access to all of the course materials as soon as you enroll. The instructor-led session will begin on the scheduled start date. During the session dates the instructor will be in the course answering questions on the discussion board. After the instructor-led session ends, you'll continue to have access to all of the course materials for a full year and can complete the course at your own pace.
Access Information and Build Your Training Library
After enrolling, the course materials will remain in your account and be accessible 12 months (1 year) after the session end date. Access can be extended beyond 1 year with a monthly membership. 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.
Earn A Certificate of Completion
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.
Earn Continuing Education Credits
Approved for: NABCEP Advanced Credit Hours, NABCEP NEC, NABCEP JTA, NABCEP RE Elective, NABCEP Building or Fire Code, NABCEP PV Associate Renewal.
Approved NABCEP CEU Hours by Credential and Category
Certified Master Trainer (IREC), NABCEP Certified Photovoltaic Professional - Emeritus , Great Northern Solar
Christopher LaForge is the CEO of Great Northern Solar and a NABCEP certified photovoltaic installer-emeritus. He has been designing, specifying, and installing systems since 1988. He has been an instructor with the MREA since 1993 teaching Advanced Photovoltaic design and installation and is an ISPQ Affiliated Master Trainer. In 2016 he was named IREC's Master Trainer...[more]
Director of Business Development , Aypa Power
Chris Brown is passionate about the renewable energy and enthusiastic about sustainable solutions through technology and innovation. After completing his undergraduate education at the University of Massachusetts, Chris entered technical sales of renewable energy products 2006 with a focus on off grid renewable energy projects around the world. Several years later,...[more]
This course is self-paced, so you don’t need to be logged in at any specific time. You can complete the material whenever is convenient and work ahead or catch up if you fall behind. The course discussion board is a great place to interact with other students and ask questions. Expect to dedicate a minimum of 5 hours per week to the course. The instructor-led session runs for the posted dates and you will receive weekly emails to keep you on pace. Course materials will remain in your account with minimum guaranteed access for 12 months (1 year) after the session ends. Please review the orientation materials and introduce yourself on the discussion board.
Introduction to HeatSpring (Video - 01:25 minutes) Preview
Instructor Introduction and Key Concepts Review (Video - 09:16 minutes)
Orientation to: UTILITY SCALE COMMERCIAL & INDUSTRIAL SOLAR AND STORAGE 201 (Video - 15:40 minutes) Preview
Set up email notifications and your student profile (Text)
Introduce yourself on the discussion board (Text)
Aggregation - The Key to opening up Residential BTM Storage for Grid services (Video - 16:56 minutes)
Austin Shines introduction (Resource)
Austin Shines overview (Resource)
Regulatory Issues and Residential Behind The Meter(BTM) Systems (Video - 19:49 minutes)
Reading And Reference: NREL and USAID Report on BTM Regulatory Design (Download .pdf)
Colleague Interview: Dan Glaser (Video - 35:42 minutes)
California BTM Examples (Video - 09:19 minutes)
Additional Behind the Meter Case Studies (Resource)
Biggest US Battery Build-Out Ever (Download .pdf)
Batteries in Solar Installations Becoming the New Norm (Download .pdf)
Solar-plus-storage is a ‘zero-emissions threat’ to gas-burning power plants in the US (Download .pdf)
Future Concepts - Christopher LaForge (Video - 06:30 minutes)
New Energy Infrastructure in the Age of Energy Transition (Resource)
Inside Google’s Bid to Get Granular on Renewable Energy Credits (Download .pdf)
BP bets on energy trading to fund strategy shift after bumper year (Download .pdf)
Breakthrough Batteries (Download .pdf)
Investors are supporting Vanadium Redox Flow Technology (Resource)
Carmakers want to ditch battery packs, use auto bodies for energy storage (Download .pdf)
This 100-Foot Catamaran Just Crossed the Atlantic Using Only Hydrogen Fuel and Solar Power (Download .pdf)
Energy Observer (Resource)
A New Battery Chemistry Will Lead the Stationary Energy Storage Market by 2030 (Download .pdf)
Cold storage: Organic proton batteries show disposal, solar pairing advantages in advance to market (Download .pdf)
EnerVenue - Metal-Hydrogen battery (Resource)
Tech innovation on the path to 2050 (Download .pdf)
Emrod claims it has Commercially Viable Long-Range Wireless Transmission Technology (Resource)
To batteries and beyond (Download .pdf)
The final Colleague Interview (Video - 51:40 minutes)
Week 6 Review and Course Wrap-up (Video - 13:46 minutes)
After The Course
Feedback and Additional Resources
No matter how great this course is, we know it's just one part of a bigger journey. In this module we'll start thinking about what comes next. You'll provide feedback on the course and learn about additional resources.
Don't forget that you'll have access to the course materials for 12 months after the session ends. Feel free to come back as much as you like to continue learning, and please stay in touch. After your year of access expires you can optionally extend access with a HeatSpring Membership.
1 Year of Access to
Course Materials (Text)
Feedback: 2-minute Exit Survey (Survey)
Consider Joining as a HeatSpring Member (Resource)
Certificate of Completion: Request a Certificate (Certificate)