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Jun 29

Solar Training for Installers, Solar Designers, Sales and Business - Summer Specials - Low Cost Solar Courses Now Available

POSTED BY Jeremy Webb in solar training , PV Installer , NABCEP Exam

ONTILITY Solar Training Educates Professionals to Enter The Solar Workforce
Solar Energy Workforce Training has never been more affordable than it is today. Lower prices, more class locations and pre-packadged courses will save you money and provide the solar business education you need to grow our business into the Solar Industry.
Nationally recognized ONTILITY Solar Training has launched two solar PV installer training courses: Online Solar Fundamentals Course and the Advanced Solar Electric Training. Both of these course will be offered for one low price of $1595, and they include a variety of training formats: Online Streaming Video, Home Reading and Study Assignments and Live-Onsite Instructor Lead Classes.
"ONTILITY is well positioned to meet the higher education requirements for NABCEP PV Installer Certification. We have long been a strong supporter of NABCEP and its certification programs and we welcome the opportunity to increase installer readiness and the skills of solar installation professionals with our solar training courses." says Ken Whiteside, ONTILITY Director of Education.
These two courses combined satisfies the education requirements for eligibility to take the NABCEP PV Installer Certification Exam. The eligibility requirements are now more stringent for the NABCEP Certified PV Installer designation. NABCEP changed the amount and type of PV installer training and the number of PV installations required. The changes went into effect on January 13, 2012. All candidates will have to document more hours of training then before: a total of fifty eight (58) hours of advanced PV training that follows the NABCEP PV JTA and installers will have to complete an OSHA-10 course. The minimum number of installations has increased in quantity and size from two to three for some applicants and from two to five for applicants with less experience.

Oct 05

Solar Training in New Orleans

POSTED BY Ruben Salinas in solar training , Solar PV Training , solar pv , Solar Jobs in New Orleans , solar jobs , Solar Foundation , Solar Electric Training , Solar Electric , Solar Careers , ONTILITY Solar Training , ontility , New Orleans Solar Training , National Solar Job Census , NABCEP PV Installer certification , NABCEP Exam , NABCEP

ONTILITY Responds to Solar Jobs Growth

Nationally recognized solar training company ONTILITY and will offer its Solar Electric Training on October 24-28, on the campus of the University of New Orleans in New Orleans, Louisiana. Recent research findings show continued very strong growth in solar electric job growth nationwide.

Solar Electric Trainingprovides students with basic knowledge of solar photovoltaic (PV) cells, modules, and system components; electrical circuits; PV system design, estimation, and code requirements; solar electric products and applications; an understanding of energy conversion from sunlight to electricity, and how to work with solar conversion equipment. The course is based on the photovoltaic installation job task analysis developed by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners, NABCEP. The course focuses on real-world, site-specific knowledge. Hands-on training covers site surveys; mechanical and electrical design, safety and construction issues; tool and test equipment use; best-practice construction skills; national code and local inspection issues.

The course is suitable for anyone interested in solar energy. Those looking for new career opportunities have found it valuable as have entrepreneurs, electricians, electrical, mechanical and general contractors and others in the building trades who are interested in business opportunities in solar.

In a preview of its soon to be released, "National Solar Jobs Census 2011: A Review of the U.S. Solar Workforce", the Solar Foundation announced recently that the number of Americans working in the solar energy industry has topped 100,000 and that between August 2010 and August 2011, 6,735 new workers have been hired in all 50 states; an increase of 6.8% in the number of U.S. solar workers.

Jobs in the economy overall grew by only 0.7% during that same time period, and the fossil fuel electric generation sector lost 2% of its workforce.

Andrea Luecke, executive director of The Solar Foundation said, "The National Solar Jobs Census series provides a definitive measure of the U.S. solar workforce and its growth over time. It proves where smart solar energy policies are having the most impact both in terms of states and across the vast solar supply chain."

"Solar is a job-creating phenomenon in an economy that is flat-lining, with near 7% year-on-year increase in the number of Americans working in the industry," said Danny Kennedy, president of residential solar installer Sungevity and member of The Solar Foundation's board of directors. "This is a sign of a thriving industry - due to the demand for lower cost, clean electricity that creates value in America."

The full 2011 National Solar Jobs Census examines employment throughout the solar industry, including installation, sales and marketing, solar training, wholesale trade, manufacturing and other fields. It is highly detailed and includes state-by-state growth rates and job numbers for 31 separate occupations.

“The rapid growth of the solar market demands a well-trained workforce and is a key element in the long-term success of the solar industry,” according to ONTILITY Director of Education, Ken Whiteside. He continued, “A comprehensive introductory solar energy course which includes system design and installation is a great way for anyone to get started in solar.” The upcoming 40 hour ONTILITY class consists of five days of training, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day. Those who complete the course are eligible to sit for the NABCEP PV Entry Level Exam. The 40 credits earned by completing the class also satisfy the education requirement for NABCEP PV Installer certification.


In just over one year, ONTILITY has grown from a start up to a 60M Solar Distribution, Solar Training and Solar Projects Enablement leader. ONTILITY supplies top quality PV panels, inverters, mounting hardware and other solar products to solar integrators and other qualified solar contracting firms. Additionally, ONTILITY is one of the nation's largest solar training organizations, featuring NABCEP, DOE and IREC courses. To complement its distribution and training divisions, ONTILITY offers a full portfolio of solar project support services. ONTILITY is one of the largest solar players in the U.S. with a leading market share in many of the top solar markets.

ONTILITY is committed to the solar market and solar industry development. Learn Solar through our professional training. Buy Solar from our stocking warehouse of superior products at competitive prices. Accelerate Your Solar Business with our full range of partner support services including engineering and design consulting, due diligence and financial support, custom training and educational consulting. ONTILITY brings you best-in-class solar training, energy efficiency training, solar products distribution and support for solar installers, dealers and integrators.
  • Solar Products - Over 120 Manufacturers / Maintains over 20M in Monthly Inventory
  • Solar Training - NABCEP and IREC Training Courses and Certification Programs
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Aug 05

NABCEP PV Certification Exam is Approaching

POSTED BY Ruben Salinas in solar training , solar scholarships , NABCEP Exam , NABCEP entry level course


The Fall 2011 date for the NABCEP PV Installer Certification Exam is just around the corner. September 24th will be here before you know it.  

ONTILITY is launching our semi-annual NABCEP PV Installer Certification Exam Prep Course in six cities nationwide, starting August 25, 26 in Milwaukee. If you are working in the solar industry (and you certainly must be if you’ve been approved to take the NABCEP test), you’ve probably heard from those who have taken the exam how rigorous it is. Brian Cunningham, ONTILITY Solar Instructor, Design Engineer and NABCEP Certified PV Installer, puts it this way, “I took the Solar PV Installer test this past March. I have to say that it was probably one of the harder open-book tests that I’ve taken. Now I’m not trying to scare anyone, but you need to be very well prepared if you want to pass. NABCEP certification has become the de facto standard for installing solar (thermal and PV) in the US. If it’s already not required to install solar in your area, it soon will be. You need to be certified.” Brian continues, “When I walked out of the exam room, I realized that I was not as ready as I had thought. I had studied every resource and practice exam that I could find to prepare, but in the end the actual exam looked like none of what I had studied. Yet I managed to pass. Why? I think because I had spent so much time trying to solve the problem of passing the test that I practiced the very skill that is the key to passing the test – Problem Solving. And that seems to be the crux of what NABCEP is looking for.

When you look at the NABCEP Certified PV Installer Job Task Analysis, you’ll see six major content domains covered and that everything in that document involves finding the best solution to a problem. Whether it’s identifying the correct way to deal with potential hazards, finding the best location for equipment or even selecting the best tools for a job, problem solving is required. That’s why the itemization of tasks is so extensive and comprehensive, covering every aspect of PV system design, project management and installation, electrical components, commissioning, operation, maintenance and troubleshooting.

So how can you better prepare for the test?

Five key things will greatly increase your chances of passing the exam:
Read everything on NABCEP’s reading list. Spend some extra time with the NEC, 2008 edition. Even if you are an experienced electrician, review the sections which pertain to solar and memorize where things are. Other than a calculator, the code book is the only resource available to you during the 4-hour test. And you do not want to spend extra time trying to figure out what part of the code applies to the problems. Review the details of every PV project you’ve ever worked on, no matter how minor those details may seem. Think about issues you had to solve both during design and on-site. The kinds of problems you’ve solved before may show up on a 60 question test in September.

Attend the ONTILITY NABCEP Exam Prep Class. If you are a licensed electrician or hold certification in any trade, you probably didn’t take that exam without a test prep session. Don’t try it with the NABCEP exam. ONTILITY is offering its two-day prep class in seven cities in August and early September: Boston, Houston, New Orleans, Philadelphia, St. Louis and Muskegon, Michigan. Classes are held on Thursday and Friday in most locations and on Friday and Saturday in a couple of places.

Improve you problem solving ability, as Brian said, “…it is the key.” Being able to think through complex problems quickly, find the information you need efficiently and draw sound conclusions. This is precisely the reason that ONTILITY designed its AS210 - NABCEP PV Installer Certification Exam Prep class the way it did. Two days of design challenges, installation problems and code issues. Two days of intense problem solving, lively discussion and instruction from one of ONTILITY’s Solar Instructors, all NABCEP Certified PV Installers, so they know what they’re talking about, that’s how you can prepare for the test.
Jun 30

Solar Training Scholarship

POSTED BY Ken Whiteside in solar training , solar scholarships , NABCEP Exam , NABCEP entry level course

Solar training just got less expensive for a select group of St. Louis folks.ONTILITY announced this week that it is granting scholarships to its upcoming NABCEP solar training on July 18-22, at Graybar Electric’s St. Louis district office.

These scholarships, $800 each, are available to unemployed or displaced construction workers who are interested in a career in the rapidly growing solar industry.

The solar market in Missouri is taking off in a big way. Financial incentives from the federal government and local power companies are helping. The Missouri Clean Energy Initiative requires that 15 percent of the state's electrical power come from renewable sources by 2021. Ahead of that deadline, electric power companies are offering financial incentives to customers who help them meet that goal. Those incentives, added to the 30 percent federal tax credit, can reduce the initial cost of a solar installation by up to two-thirds, according to Erin Noble, of the Missouri Coalition for the Environment.

In such a strong and growing solar market, the biggest challenges are well trained solar energy businesses and access to an adequate number of skilled, trained, solar installers. To help meet that challenge and to further ensure that the solar industry in Missouri becomes self-sustaining and continues to provide good paying permanent employment opportunities, ONTILITY is offering scholarships amounting to 50% off the cost of Solar training.

Attending ONTILITY’s solar training is the first step on the path to join the solar industry. This class provides the basic knowledge of solar photovoltaic (PV) cells, modules, and system components; electrical circuits; PV system design and code requirements. Students learn how to work with solar equipment and perform various installation tasks. This fully accredited professional training is based on the photovoltaic installation job task analysis developed by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners, NABCEP, and focuses on real-world, hands-on training.

The 40 hour class consists of five days of training, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day. Those who complete the course are eligible to sit for the NABCEP PV Entry Level Exam. Completing the class also satisfies the education requirement for NABCEP PV Installer certification.

It is highly appropriate for ONTILITY to focus on the removal of barriers to entry for those who are interested in solar energy careers; Training and workforce development are in the company’s DNA. ONTILITY began as a training company and since 2008 it has trained more than 1,000 solar professionals, displaced workers, contractors and entrepreneurs. Through its three part approach to industry and business development: solar training, solar business support services and wholesale distribution, ONTILITY is wholly focused on removing barriers and helping solar businesses succeed. So it is very fitting that ONTILTY offers a scholarship for Solar training, once again providing an opportunity for those who want to join the most exciting new industry to emerge in decades.

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