Solar 101 for residential and small commercial applications

For non-technical employees

Do your employees need basic solar energy training?

Solar 101 is a basic introduction to solar photovoltaic (PV) power systems and the industry around them, with a focus on residential systems.  This 6-hour course is specifically designed for new employees working in or around the solar industry, who need to understand the basics and the terminology in order to do their jobs effectively.  This course is ideal for administrative, customer service, sales, marketing, team managers, project developers, and even installers.

Class topics

  1. Solar photovoltaic (PV) growth trends and statistics
  2. Answers to the most frequently asked questions about PV systems
  3. Basic terminology used in the solar industry
  4. Solar PV vs solar water heating vs passive solar design
  5. The nature of solar panels and how they work
  6. Recent improvements and new upcoming product breakthroughs
  7. Net metering: What it is and how it works
  8. Basic system configurations and the three inverter topologies
  9. The economics of solar energy systems and the incentives available
  10. Ownership options and the pros and cons of each
  11. Financing solar PV systems
  12. The possible contractual obligations associated with leases and PPAs
  13. Adding energy storage batteries to a PV system
  14. Understanding the most appropriate solar panel mounting system for a site
  15. Solar performance monitoring systems
  16. Warranties and insurance for PV systems
  17. Site and design considerations
  18. Installation and commissioning considerations
  19. Maintenance requirements and the most common causes of failure
  20. Software tools used in the industry

About the instructor

Jeff Gilbert is a 27-year veteran of the solar industry who has been leading solar education and training courses for much of these 27 years.  Jeff holds a BS is mechanical engineering, and is one of only eleven people nationwide to have received the full NABCEP certification for both PV and Solar Thermal systems.  Jeff has personally created all training materials for this course and will deliver 100% of this training.

Money back guaranty:  If you take this course, and for any reason are not completely satisfied we will refund your money.  No hard feelings.

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Hourly Schedule


09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Jun 29, 2023
Eastern Time (US and Canada)
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Jun 30, 2023
Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Jun 29 - 30 2023


9:00 am - 12:00 pm


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