Solar for Electricians is designed specifically for electricians and electrical contractors who want to explore solar energy business opportunities. Offering solar energy systems to their customers provides electricians with a significant means for business expansion. The course provides the industry information and solar energy knowledge required to make sound business decisions. The workshop emphasizes the electrical aspects of system design and installation and addresses system electrical components, wiring design best practices and installation procedures, utility interconnection, electric code and permitting.
The class, while open to anyone with an interest in installing solar PV systems and who has some experience in the electrical trades, is designed to address the needs of professional electricians and electrical contractors. It is assumed that all students have a full understanding of electricity fundamentals, building wiring practices, industry standards and jargon and a general knowledge of the National Electric Code. There is no prerequisite coursework and no solar industry experience is assumed.
A growing number of utility company incentive programs, as well as those sponsored by state and local jurisdictions require NABCEP certification. ONTILITY offers a path to certification. Solar for Electricians partially satisfies the education requirement for NABCEP PV Installer certification. For more information, visit the NABCEP Website.
It is expected that students will attend scheduled classes regularly and on time. If an absence occurs, it is the responsibility of the student to make up all missed work. Students, who must withdraw from a class, will receive credit for work completed and may complete the course at a later date with instructor approval. Attendance will be tracked and maintained for various reporting purposes.
To receive Continuing Education credit, 100% attendance is required. Students who desire credit are required to present a photo ID and sign in at the beginning of the course and sign out at the end. An official class roster is provided for sign-in and sign-out. Attendance is monitored by the instructor and absences are noted and recorded.
The curriculum for this course is based on the NABCEP Solar PV Installer Job Task Analysis. In keeping with industry standards for course accreditation, students are encouraged to provide informal feedback throughout the course. A survey is distributed to students on the last day of class whereby students are asked to evaluate the class and the instructor. This feedback is used to create an on-going professional development plan for instructors and to inform course improvements.
This institution complies with Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Students with disabilities who seek accommodations must make their requests knows when registering for a course or workshop. If a disability is identified after class has begun, a non-retroactive accommodation plan will be developed.