18-hour Solar PV Boot Camp

Online

Approved for 18 hours of NABCEP Advanced PV Training

Instructor: Sean White

Subjects: Solar: Design and Installation, Solar: NABCEP, Solar: Certification Prep

Length: 6 modules

Description

Electricians, contractors, or career-changers: learn the fundamentals of solar PV systems and learn from an expert. You'll have access to an expert instructor, lecture videos and other useful resources.

The instructor for this course, Sean White, is one of HeatSpring's most popular and highest rated instructors. He is available to answer questions on the discussion board while you work through the course materials. He is extremely responsive and answers questions in great detail. He is an IREC Master Trainer, was named 2014 Clean Energy Trainer of the Year, travels around the world to teach seminars on solar technology, and recently published his 3rd book on solar design and installation.

To get the most out of this course, you should also buy a copy of Sean White's book: Solar Photovoltaic Basics. The book covers the basics of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and is a great resource for contractors, electricians, and business professionals who want to enter the solar PV industry. You can buy the book online for about $35, we provide a link in the course for some options.

Important - Does Not Qualify for NABCEP PV Associate Exam
This course DOES NOT qualify you to sit for the PV Associate exam. If you want to be able to take the PV Associate Exam you would need to take the Solar PV Bootcamp + NABCEP PV Associate Exam Prep course instead. NABCEP will only accept applications for the PV Associate exam from students who have completed that course specifically.

This course is approved for 18 hours of NABCEP Advanced PV Training for CEUs and recertification.

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Flexible Online Training for Industry Professionals

This online course is self-paced. You can begin instantly upon enrollment.

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 enrollment. 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

NABCEP Credential Advanced Hours for Exam Recertification CEU Hours NEC JTA RE Elective Building or Fire Code
PV Installation Professional Certification 18 18 5 18 18 2
PV Design Specialist Certification 18 18 5 18 18 2
PV Installer Specialist Certification 18 18 5 18 18 2
PV C&M Specialist Certification 18 18 5 18 18 2
PV Technical Sales Certification 18 18 0 18 18 0
PV Associate Credential 0 12 0 0 0 0

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Instructor

Sean White

2014 IREC Trainer of the Year

Sean White was the 2014 Interstate Renewable Energy Council Trainer of the Year. He is an ISPQ Certified Solar PV Master Trainer and has authored several books on solar. He contributed to the development of the NABCEP PV Installation Professional Job Task Analysis and has been a member of the NABCEP PV Installation Professional Technical Committee. Sean is a...[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
  • Set up email notifications and your student profile (Text)
  • Introduce yourself on the discussion board (Text)
  • Textbook: "Solar Photovoltaic Basics: A Study Guide for the NABCEP Associate Exam 2nd Edition" (Resource)
  • About this course vs. the other PV Associate Boot Camp (Text)
Module 1 - History of Solar, Markets and Applications for Solar PV, and Safety Basics

You'll learn about the beginnings of solar PV technology, current markets and applications for the technology, and the basic safety considerations and requirements for solar PV installers. Topics include: different types of PV systems, OSHA, National Electrical Code (NEC), arc flashes, overcurrent protection devices, fall protection, and lockout-tagout (LOTO).

  • Read Chapter 1 in "Solar Photovoltaic Basics" - PV Markets and Applications (Text)
  • Solar PV History (Video - 13:56 minutes)
  • PV Markets and Applications Part 1 (Video - 14:46 minutes) preview
  • PV Markets and Applications Part 2 (Video - 19:03 minutes)
  • PV Markets and Applications Part 3 (Video - 20:00 minutes) preview
  • Required Discussion Board Post #1 (Text)
  • PV Price Per Watt (Text)
  • Read Chapter 2 in "Solar Photovoltaic Basics" - Safety Basics (Text)
  • Safety Part 1 (Video - 22:22 minutes)
  • Safety Part 2 (Video - 24:37 minutes)
  • Required Discussion Board Post #2 (Text)
  • To view your test results (Text)
  • Module 1 Quiz (Quiz)
Module 2 - Electricity Basics + Solar Energy Fundamentals

This module covers concepts, definitions, terminology, and formulas related to electricity. It also lays out the science, data, and principles you must understand to grasp how solar energy is collected. Topics include: Ohm's Law, power, energy, voltage, current, batteries, multimeters, measurement, types of DC connections, transmission, insolation data, solar time, sun paths, shading, and solar radiation.

  • Read Chapter 3 in "Solar Photovoltaic Basics" - Electricity Basics (Text)
  • Electricity Fundamentals Video 1 (Video - 29:46 minutes)
  • Electricity Fundamentals Video 2 (Video - 21:20 minutes) preview
  • PV Math Quiz (20 questions) (Quiz)
  • Required Discussion Board Post #1 (Text)
  • Read Chapter 4 in "Solar Photovoltaic Basics" - Solar Energy Fundamentals (Text)
  • Solar Energy Fundamentals Video 1 (Video - 27:29 minutes) preview
  • Solar Energy Fundamentals Video 2 (Video - 29:43 minutes)
  • Solar Energy Fundamentals Video 3 (Video - 21:42 minutes) preview
  • Solar Energy Fundamentals Video 4 (Video - 28:47 minutes)
  • Solar Energy Fundamentals Video 5 (Video - 30:49 minutes)
  • Required Discussion Board Post #2 (Text)
  • Solar Energy Fundamentals Quiz (Quiz)
Module 3 - PV Module Fundamentals and System Components

This module covers how solar photovoltaic (PV) technology works, the materials used to make PV modules, module efficiency, important formulas, temperature and voltage considerations, and how to test a PV system. It also provides definitions for the primary components that comprise a solar PV system.

  • Read Chapter 5 in "Solar Photovoltaic Basics" - PV Module Fundamentals (Text)
  • PV Module Fundamentals - Part 1 (Video - 30:08 minutes)
  • PV Module Fundamentals - Part 2 (Video - 51:15 minutes)
  • PV Module Fundamentals - Part 3 (Video - 29:18 minutes)
  • Required Discussion Board Post #1 (Text)
  • Read Chapter 6 in "Solar Photovoltaic Basics" - System Components (Text)
  • System Components - Part 1 (Video - 55:11 minutes)
  • System Components - Part 2 (Video - 27:36 minutes)
  • System Components - Part 3 (Video - 44:05 minutes)
  • Thin Film PV Manufacturing YouTube Video (Resource)
  • Required Discussion Board Post #2 (Text)
  • Module 3 Quiz PV Module Fundamentals and System Components (Quiz)
Module 4 - PV System Sizing and Electrical Design

This module covers the factors to consider when sizing a grid-tied or off-grid system, system losses, tilt, factors that increase or decrease PV system output, single-line diagrams, ampacity, Ohm's Law, voltage drop, charge controllers, AC- and DC-coupled battery systems, battery charging stages, overcurrent protection devices, and determining voltage ranges.

  • Read Chapter 7 in "Solar Photovoltaic Basics" - PV System Sizing Principles (Text)
  • PV System Sizing - Part 1 (Video - 38:10 minutes)
  • PV System Sizing - Part 2 (Video - 38:56 minutes)
  • PV System Sizing - Part 3 (Video - 36:24 minutes)
  • PV System Sizing - PVWatts Part 1 (Video - 40:13 minutes)
  • PV System Sizing - PV Watts Part 2 (Video - 25:49 minutes)
  • Required Discussion Board Post #1 (Text)
  • Read Chapter 8 in "Solar Photovoltaic Basics" - PV System Electrical Design (Text)
  • PV System Electrical Design Part 1 (Video - 38:41 minutes)
  • PV System Electrical Design Part 2 (Video - 40:20 minutes)
  • PV System Electrical Design Part 3 (Video - 50:30 minutes)
  • Required Discussion Board Post #2 (Text)
  • Module 4 Quiz (Quiz)
Module 5 - Solar PV Components and Complete Systems

Beginning with a close-up look at each element of grid-tied and off-grid systems, including: modules, inverters, charge controllers, batteries and more, these elements are then configured into complete systems. We'll also cover series and parallel wiring for batteries, and interaction between charge controllers and batteries.

  • Read Chapter 9 in "Solar Photovoltaic Basics" - PV System Mechanical Design (Text)
  • PV System Mechanical Design - Part 1 (1 of 3) (Video - 39:33 minutes)
  • PV System Mechanical Design - Part 1 (2 of 3) (Video - 43:32 minutes)
  • PV System Mechanical Design - Part 1 (3 of 3) (Video - 20:44 minutes)
  • PV System Mechanical Design - Part 2 (1 of 2) (Video - 38:06 minutes)
  • PV System Mechanical Design - Part 2 (2 of 2) (Video - 37:24 minutes)
  • Required Discussion Board Post #1 (Text)
  • Read Chapter 10 in "Solar Photovoltaic Basics" - Performance Analysis, Maintenance, and Troubleshooting (Text)
  • Performance Analysis, Maintenance and Troubleshooting (Video - 54:05 minutes)
  • Required Discussion Board Post #2 (Text)
  • Module 5 Quiz (Quiz)
Module 6 - Voltage Temperature Calculations + Practice Exams

In this module, you'll learn about voltage temperature calculations, review some useful resources and take exams to see how well you've mastered the material presented during the course. These exams can be repeated here as many times as you want and are highly recommended to be used to prepare for the NABCEP PVA exam! Note: Since 2019, NABCEP has not had any voltage temperature calculations on their PVA exams.

  • Read Special Section - Voltage Temperature Calculations in "Solar Photovoltaic Basics" (Text)
  • String Sizing - Voltage Temperature Calculations Part 1 (Video - 35:41 minutes)
  • String Sizing - Voltage Temperature Calculations Part 2 (Video - 01:05:36 hours)
  • String Sizing Quiz (Quiz)
  • Resource: SolSmart Permitting (Resource)
  • Backfeeding the grid with a Tesla Model S (Video - 02:01 minutes)
  • Exam 1 70 questions (Quiz)
  • Exam 1 Answers with detailed explanations (Download .pdf)
  • Exam 2 75 Questions (Quiz)
  • Exam 2 Answers with detailed explanations (Download .pdf)
  • Exam 3 87 Questions (Quiz)
  • Exam 3 Answers with detailed explanations (Download .pdf)
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!

  • Introducing Bill Brooks! (Video - 14:40 minutes)
  • 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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