Solar Panel Installer Training


This is a beginner course in the study of solar photovoltaic (PV) cells, modules, and system components; electrical circuits; PV system design and sizing for use on homes; solar electric products and applications; and understanding energy conversion from sunlight to electricity, and working with solar conversion equipment. This course is based on a model developed by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) Photovoltaic (PV) Entry Level Solar Panel Installation Course and will give students the book knowledge and hands on experience needed to pass the (NABCEP) "Entry-level Solar Photovoltaic Certificate of Knowledge" exam. It is not intended to meet or replace the requirements for a Licensed Electrician.

Course Goals

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

• Demonstrate knowledge of and apply key solar electric system terms and concepts

• Size and design a simple photovoltaic system

• Mount, ground, position, install, wire and connect a photovoltaic system

• Test voltage generated by photovoltaic system

Course Learning Objectives

• Describe markets and applications for photovoltaic systems and discuss potential grants and rebates available

• Identify legal requirements from Building Codes and the role of a Licensed Electrician

• Identify safety hazards of photovoltaic systems; identify practices and protective equipment during photovoltaic system installation and maintenance

• Define basic electrical terms and calculate simple circuit values

• Define and demonstrate solar energy fundamentals

• Explain and calculate photovoltaic module fundamentals

• Describe purpose and operation of photovoltaic system components

• Calculate photovoltaic system sizing

• Understand photovoltaic system electrical design

• Understand photovoltaic system mechanical design

• Describe photovoltaic system performance analysis and troubleshooting

Upcoming Course Dates: TBA

Other Information

Students who successfully complete the course will receive an Entry Level Solar Panel Installer Certificate and 5.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from NJIT.