Utility Scale Solar Construction & Project Management


Instructor: Andy Nyce

Subjects: Solar: Design and Installation

Length: 4 modules

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38 students have taken this course


An in-depth course focusing on everything you need to know about the development, design, permitting, construction & commissioning of utility scale solar power plants!

By the end of this course - you should have a detailed understanding of what goes into each of these key steps - and have a working knowledge of many of the major processes and tasks that go into converting empty land into a fully functioning solar power plant.

The is course is open to anyone, but is primarily intended for solar professionals who have spent time in the field and are looking to take the next step in their career (say from a crew lead up to a foreman and beyond). This course will help you learn more about the big picture of solar construction and project management and how all the parts fit together. The course is also appropriate for professionals with other experience in the solar industry, but who have never been on a construction site. This course will help you understand JHAs, what an inverter is and how it works, what an IC agreement is, and what as-builts means.

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Earn Continuing Education Credits

Approved for: NABCEP Advanced Credit Hours, NABCEP JTA, NABCEP RE Elective, NABCEP PV Associate Renewal.

Approved NABCEP CEU Hours by Credential and Category

NABCEP Credential Advanced Hours for Exam Recertification CEU Hours NEC JTA RE Elective Building or Fire Code
PV Installation Professional Certification 3 3 0 3 3 0
PV Design Specialist Certification 3 3 0 3 3 0
PV Installer Specialist Certification 3 3 0 3 3 0
PV C&M Specialist Certification 3 3 0 3 3 0
PV Technical Sales Certification 3 3 0 3 3 0
PV Associate Credential 0 3 0 0 0 0

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Andy Nyce

Project Manager, DEPCOM Power

I hold a Bachelors of Mechanical Engineering (Hons) from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, and I'm currently completing a Masters in Renewable Energy (via distance learning) from Murdoch University in Perth, Australia. I've spent the last seven years in the United States in a range of engineering, construction, project management and quality control roles...[more]

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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.

  • Introduction to HeatSpring (Video - 01:25 minutes) preview
  • Introduction to the Course (Video - 16:24 minutes) preview
  • Introduction to the Course (Download .pdf)
  • Set up email notifications and your student profile (Text)
  • Introduce yourself on the discussion board (Text)
Module 1 - Engineering and Procurement

  • Engineering - Basics of Solar (Video - 14:27 minutes)
  • Engineering - Basics of Solar - Quiz (Quiz)
  • Engineering - Electrical Flow (Video - 07:32 minutes)
  • Engineering - Electrical Flow - Quiz (Quiz)
  • Engineering - Design (Video - 12:35 minutes)
  • Engineering - Design - Quiz (Quiz)
  • Procurement - Materials (Video - 08:35 minutes)
  • Procurement - Materials - Quiz (Quiz)
  • Design - Additional Resources & Links (Resource)
  • Materials - Additional Resources and Links (Text)
  • Read the Additional Resources and Post a Question on the Discussion Board (Text)
Module 2 - Development & Owners Engineering

  • Development - Early Stage (Video - 16:04 minutes)
  • Development - Pre-Execution (Video - 17:51 minutes)
  • Development - Basics (Video - 09:08 minutes)
  • A Guide for Developers and Investors (Download .pdf)
Module 3 - Construction

  • Construction - Basics (Video - 20:24 minutes)
  • Construction - Basics - Quiz (Quiz)
  • Safety Practices (Resource)
  • Journey to Safety Excellence (Resource)
  • Construction - Mechanical (Video - 10:06 minutes)
  • Construction - Mechanical - Quiz (Quiz)
  • Construction - Electrical (Video - 06:47 minutes)
  • Construction - Electrical - Quiz (Quiz)
  • Construction - Tools & Equipment (Video - 03:36 minutes)
  • Construction - Tools & Equipment - Quiz (Quiz)
  • Construction - Quality (Video - 10:54 minutes)
  • Construction - Quality - Quiz (Quiz)
  • Quality - Additional Links and Resources (Text)
  • Construction - Field Engineering (Video - 04:09 minutes)
  • Construction - Field Engineering - Quiz (Quiz)
  • Job Hazard Analysis (Download .doc)
  • Complete and submit a JHA (Submit File)
Module 4 - Commissioning, Testing & Next Steps

  • Commissioning & Testing (Video - 12:42 minutes)
  • Commissioning - Quiz (Quiz)
  • Expanding Your Opportunities (Video - 11:23 minutes)
  • Upload Your Resume for Review (Submit File)
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 (Text)
  • Feedback: 2-minute Exit Survey (Survey)
  • Consider Joining as a HeatSpring Member (Resource)
  • Certificate of Completion: Request a Certificate (Certificate)
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