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PHOTOVOLTAIC (SOLAR) SALES PROGRAM

PV100: Solar Design & Installation

This in-person workshop provides you an overview of the basic PV system applications. You will learn the fundamental concepts required for working safely with PV systems and designing residential-sized, code compliant, battery-less, grid-tied and stand-alone systems.

The goal of this session is to create a fundamental understanding of the core concepts necessary to work with both residential and commercial PV systems. Topics include: system components, site analysis, PV module criteria, mounting solutions, safety, and commissioning. You will learn the fundamentals of sizing a residential battery-less grid-tied system, wire sizing, over-current protection, and grounding. This session also reviews fundamental design criteria for off-grid stand-alone systems including specifying batteries, controllers, and battery-based inverters.

Plan to leave being able to:

  • Calculate power and energy needs.
  • Perform a load analysis for off-grid and battery-less grid-tied systems.
  • Implement electrical efficiency measures to reduce system size.
  • Diagram an array and battery bank in series and parallel configurations.
  • Obtain and apply module specifications.
  • Assess module performance and array performance given various conditions.
  • Determine the azimuth and altitude angle of the sun and evaluate shading potential.
  • Outline the pros and cons of different mounting structures.
  • Interpret and apply data from equipment specification sheets.
  • Size a residential battery-less grid-tied system including the inverter, array, wiring, and over-current protection.
  • List the order of commissioning/decommissioning and the potential safety hazards of PV systems. 
  • Draw a block diagram and list the pros and cons of different system types.
  • Identify the proper safety protocols for working with batteries.
  • Define battery depth of discharge, days of autonomy, equalization and efficiency.
  • Identify the pros and cons of using valve regulated lead acid (VRLA) versus flooded batteries.
  • Specify a charge controller.
  • Specify a battery-based inverter given certain parameters.
  • Determine acceptable voltage drop for system circuits.
  • Perform detailed site analysis utilizing commercially available tools.

     

      Enrollment is Limited

      Monday-Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm

      Register Now!

 

PV200: Advanced Solar Design & Compliance

Here you will learn to apply the National Electric Code (NEC) to solar-electric systems and specify design criteria for both residential and commercial systems. This classroom focuses on the National Electric Code (NEC), including grid interface calculations, grounding considerations and wire sizing. Participants evaluate system performance under various operating conditions. Commercial system design elements, including inter-row shading, inverter selection, and data monitoring solutions, are covered. In-person lectures are combined with system design exercises. Project time, cost and scope management, as well as quality management of system installations are covered in this course. This in-person workshop consists of five days of classroom lecture with hands-on class labs.

Plan to leave being able to:

  • Review time, cost and scope of each installation.
  • Perform NEC service-panel bus-bar calculations.
  • Calculate and diagram appropriate series fusing.
  • Determine NEC required workspace clearances.
  • Size appropriate disconnects and overcurrent protection.
  • Calculate spacing between modules to eliminate inter-row shading Perform uplift force and lag bolt strength calculations.
  • Identify all required NEC labeling for solar-electric systems.
  • Size grounding wires and grounding electrode conductors to NEC standards.
  • Draw a three-line diagram of a residential grid-tied system and a residential battery-based system.
  • Identify the sizing considerations for stand-alone systems.
  • Perform sizing calculations for a battery-based system.
  • Calculate maximum charge rates for batteries.

     

      Enrollment is Limited

      Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm

      Register Now!

 

PVS 250: Photovoltaic (PV) Sales

This 40 hour course provides a fundamental working knowledge to solar sales professionals of the sales process and the non-installation aspects of commissioning residential and light commercial solar electric systems. The student will be prepared to perform site analysis, financial analysis, initial system design and an ethical, accurate presentation of the PV systems’ electrical, financial and environmental performance projections.

Plan to leave being able to:

  • Determine the appropriateness of a prospective solar electric system following an evaluation of the client’s site and needs
  • Address any specific concerns over owning, operating and maintaining a PV system
  • Assess the prospects’ anticipated budgetary expectations and financial capacity to purchase or lease a PV system
  • Prepare and deliver the ball park estimate
  • Perform an electrical service inspection
  • Identify system component locations
  • Evaluate the structural integrity of potential mounting locations
  • Quantify the location’s solar resources
  • Establish a conceptual design to accurately estimate the cost of a PV system during the sales process
  • Review project goals against various design considerations
  • Determine the net cost and savings of a project in order to analyze its economics
  • Use project cost, location, incentive availability and local utility to provide a total system cost, net system cost after incentives are applied and estimated electric bill savings
  • Provide a financial benefit analysis and clear understanding of financing methods/options in order to give the client the economic rationale necessary to evaluate an investment in a PV system
  • Understand the non-financial motivations for a client’s interest in a PV system and effectively communicate the benefits of solar electricity to the customer
  • Estimate and explain initial and over-time system production and performances
  • Deliver a proficient and competent proposal that clearly states realistic power production, contract cost, equipment specifications, financial calculations, incentives, and any other important site specific or local jurisdictional information pertaining to buying a solar energy system


      Enrollment is Limited

      Monday-Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm

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LEED GREEN ASSOCIATES PROGRAM

LGA100 LEED Green Associate Course

This 32-hour, LEED Green Associate Program is designed to give participants a comprehensive course focusing on sustainability, green building practices and the intricacies of the LEED Rating Systems.

The course format will include presentations, exercises, videos, practice exam questions, and light homework assignments. At the end of the last session participants will take a full 2-hour mock LEED Green Associate practice exam.

Plan to leave with an understanding of:

  • Sustainability big picture
  • Integrative design
  • Costs and benefits of green building
  • LEED Rating Systems
  • Determining Project Feasibility
  • Basic LEED Project Info
  • Sustainable Sites
  • Water Management and Efficiency
  • Energy and Atmosphere
  • Materials and Resources
  • Indoor Environmental Quality
  • Innovation in Design / Operations
  • Regional Priority
  • Project Site Factors
  • Project Systems and Energy Impacts
  • Acquisition, Installation & Management of Project Materials
  • Stakeholder Involvement in Innovation
  • Project Surroundings and Public Outreach     


      Enrollment is Limited

      Saturdays, 8:00am - 5:00pm

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LGA100 LEED Green Associate Accelerated Course

This 16-hour, LEED Green Associate Program is designed to give participants a comprehensive course focusing on sustainability, green building practices and the intricacies of the LEED Rating Systems.

The course format will include presentations, exercises, videos, practice exam questions, and light homework assignments.

Plan to leave with an understanding of:

  • Sustainability big picture
  • Integrative design
  • Costs and benefits of green building
  • LEED Rating Systems
  • Determining Project Feasibility
  • Basic LEED Project Info
  • Sustainable Sites
  • Water Management and Efficiency
  • Energy and Atmosphere
  • Materials and Resources
  • Indoor Environmental Quality
  • Innovation in Design / Operations
  • Regional Priority
  • Project Site Factors
  • Project Systems and Energy Impacts
  • Acquisition, Installation & Management of Project Materials
  • Stakeholder Involvement in Innovation
  • Project Surroundings and Public Outreach


      Enrollment is Limited

      Fridays and Saturdays, 8:00am - 5:00pm

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SOLAR THERMAL PROGRAM

SHW100 Introduction Solar Thermal & Solar Domestic Hot Water

This course provides a fundamental working knowledge of the varied aspects of solar thermal collection and its use as a domestic heating source. As our student, you will be prepared to design, install, operate and maintain the most common solar domestic hot water systems (SDHW).

You will significantly increase your plumbing skills to include solar thermal and the design/installation/operation of domestic hot water systems. This course also covers solar thermal site analysis, collector roof mounting, safety, code issues, as well as an overview of solar pool and solar space heating.

Plan to leave being able to:

  • Recognize solar thermal opportunities and define solutions for various scenarios.
  • Conduct a solar thermal needs assessment to properly size a system.
  • Apply solar thermal radiation principles to complete an initial site analysis for a solar thermal application.
  • Use industry-approved tools to perform a site shading analysis.
  • Analyze a site's solar thermal output using software tools.
  • Distinguish solar thermal collectors based on factors such as intended use, design, construction, fluid flows, climate suitability, and performance.
  • Identify solar thermal safety practices, standards and codes.
  • Explain the SRCC rating and certification system for solar thermal components.
  • Identify the proper use of Balance of System components used in a SDHW solution, including freeze protection best practices.
  • Describe the various types of residential hot water systems and how they may be incorporated into a solar domestic hot water system.
  • Outline collector mounting options for various roof constructions.
  • Complete system documentation and provide client education on safety, operation, maintenance, and emergency shutdown.
  • Demonstrate the methods to analyze and troubleshoot solar thermal systems.

     

      Enrollment is Limited

      Monday-Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm

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SHW 125: Domestic Solar Thermal Installation Lab

This laboratory experience is designed to provide you detailed, hands-on experience of the various components, installation, and operation of domestic solar thermal systems.

The goal of the course is to create a fundamental understanding of the core concepts necessary to work with all solar thermal systems including:  design, installation (including permitting), operation, and maintenance of the two most common solar domestic thermal systems (drainback & closed loop glycol).

Plan to leave being able to:

  • Physically identify the various components of two types of solar thermal systems (Drainback & Glycol based) including collectors, tanks, pumps, temperature sensors, controllers, storage tanks, and heat exchangers.
  • Be capable of properly installing each component.
  • Pressure test system.
  • Complete both fluid charge sequence and procedure for proper system start – up.
  • Identify typical operating parameters.
  • Review various system faults and complete troubleshooting including repair/resolution.
  • Be capable of executing an emergency shutdown procedure.
  • Demonstrate proper shutdown for vacation and/or maintenance.
  • Be capable of fluid change out as required.
  • Complete fully system documentation and provide client education on safety, operation, maintenance, and emergency shutdown.

     Prerequisite:
     Participants must have completed the SHW100 workshop before enrolling in this course.

      Enrollment is Limited

      Monday-Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm

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SHW175: Domestic Solar Thermal Pool & Active Space Heating

SHW175: Domestic Solar Thermal Pool & Active Space Heating. This course provides a more detailed working knowledge of the varied aspects of domestic solar thermal pool and active space heating. The course further prepares you design, permit, install, operate and maintain most common solar domestic thermal pool and active space heating systems.

You will continue to increase your plumbing skills including a more detailed understanding of solar thermal pool and active space heating design/installation/operation.

Plan to leave being able to:

  • Outline the various aspects of solar thermal pool and active space heating opportunities.
  • Identify the various types of solar thermal collectors including use, design & construction, fluid flows, and performance.
  • Define each classification for SD pool/spa heating systems, and how it is used.
  • Execute procedures for the design, installation, operation, and maintenance for the above mentioned pool/spa systems.
  • Identify the various types of active, solar domestic space heating systems.
  • Describe the numerous plumbing components used in each application including function, construction, installation, operation, and maintenance.
  • Conduct analysis for properly sizing a pool, spa, or active space heating system.
  • Design and install piping, electrical, and all other systems necessary to complete a safe, permitted, and operational pool or space heating system.
  • Complete full system documentation and provide client education on safety, operation, maintenance, and emergency shutdown.

     Prerequisite:
     Participants must have completed the SHW100 & SHW125 workshop before enrolling in this course.

     Enrollment is limited
     Monday – Friday, 8am-5pm

      Register Now!

BPI ANAYLST & WEATHERIZATION TECH PROGRAM

BPI100 Analyst: Introduction to Building Science

Building science is the integrated approach to assessing, correcting and building residential structures based on the "House as a System" concept. This energy audit approach considers the interactions among the building design, location, climate, materials, mechanical systems, and other factors. It recognizes that features of one component in the house can greatly affect how efficiently energy is being used.

Building science incorporates physics, chemistry, biology and engineering to better understand how to construct or renovate homes that are more comfortable, durable, healthy, and energy efficient. This course prepares students for the Building Performance Institute (BPI) Building Analyst certification exams.

Further, it introduces the purpose of an energy audit, the basic skills required and the equipment needed to perform pressure diagnostics, combustion safety testing and calculation of minimum ventilation requirements for indoor air quality.

Plan to leave being able to:

  • Use building construction terminology common to home performance contracting.
  • Define the basic principles of energy.
  • Explain and calculate the different types of heat flow.
  • Apply the first and second laws of thermodynamics in residential construction.
  • Qualify thermal performance in diverse building assemblies.
  • Perform combustion safety testing to meet BPI Standards.
  • Identify heating and air conditioning system types.
  • Recognize common HVAC issues.
  • Test envelope and duct leakage using a blower door and pressure pans.
  • Apply construction math measurements and calculations.
  • Test appliance annual kWh usage.
  • Identify potential health and safety issues that commonly impact home performance contracting.
  • Explain diagnostic test findings to homeowners.
  • Use a gas leak detector, CO probe, static pressure probe, and monometer.
  • Identify causes of pressure imbalances.
  • Determine the effectiveness of insulation.
  • Diagnose air leakage and determine optimal repairs.

     

      Enrollment is Limited

      Monday–Saturday, 8:00am-5:00pm daily

      Register Now!

 

WX150: Weatherization Techniques

The course is an excellent complement to the BPI 100 because it provides both classroom and in-the-field components to introduce students to weatherization industry standards and cost effective strategies to improve the health, safety, durability and energy efficiency of residential buildings. This is where you will get the hands-on training and practice of how to do the needed repairs.

You will determine which products should or should not be installed in different residential applications, and learn to interpret the MSDS for products that are installed. An emphasis will be placed on learning how to read and to write scopes of work for repairs and renovations based on testing and diagnostic results.

Plan to leave being able to:

  • Apply the fundamentals of air, heat and moisture flow in remodeling existing homes.
  • Distinguish energy efficiency improvements that are cost effective and not cost effective.
  • Execute techniques for proper duct sealing.
  • Identify changes that often occur in building materials and that impact energy efficiency improvements.
  • Examine how federal, state, and local laws regarding asbestos and lead based paint impact weatherization work.
  • Recognize priorities for air sealing.
  • Calculate and install ventilation solutions.
  • Install insulation according to basic principles.
  • Identify optimal applications for air sealing, including attic by-pass, air handlers, windows, fireplace chimneys, large cracks and holes.
  • Perform electrical and gas appliances energy consumption testing.
  • Define drainage planes to prevent water intrusion.
  • Prevent carbon monoxide health hazards.
  • Use personal protective equipment.
  • Solve problems caused by pressures imbalances.
  • Determine most effective weather-stripping for doors and windows.
  • Implement common mobile home weatherization techniques.
  • Explain landscaping for shade and low water use in desert environments.
  • Implement post-repair testing to determine if weatherization goals were achieved

     

      Enrollment is Limited

      Monday–Saturday, 8:00am-5:00pm daily

      Register Now!

PHOTOVOLTAIC (SOLAR) INSTALLER PROGRAM

PV100: Solar Design & Installation

This in-person workshop provides you an overview of the basic PV system applications. You will learn the fundamental concepts required for working safely with PV systems and designing residential-sized, code compliant, battery-less, grid-tied and stand-alone systems.

The goal of this session is to create a fundamental understanding of the core concepts necessary to work with both residential and commercial PV systems. Topics include: system components, site analysis, PV module criteria, mounting solutions, safety, and commissioning. You will learn the fundamentals of sizing a residential battery-less grid-tied system, wire sizing, over-current protection, and grounding. This session also reviews fundamental design criteria for off-grid stand-alone systems including specifying batteries, controllers, and battery-based inverters.

Plan to leave being able to:

  • Calculate power and energy needs.
  • Perform a load analysis for off-grid and battery-less grid-tied systems.
  • Implement electrical efficiency measures to reduce system size.
  • Diagram an array and battery bank in series and parallel configurations.
  • Obtain and apply module specifications.
  • Assess module performance and array performance given various conditions.
  • Determine the azimuth and altitude angle of the sun and evaluate shading potential.
  • Outline the pros and cons of different mounting structures.
  • Interpret and apply data from equipment specification sheets.
  • Size a residential battery-less grid-tied system including the inverter, array, wiring, and over-current protection.
  • List the order of commissioning/decommissioning and the potential safety hazards of PV systems. 
  • Draw a block diagram and list the pros and cons of different system types.
  • Identify the proper safety protocols for working with batteries.
  • Define battery depth of discharge, days of autonomy, equalization and efficiency.
  • Identify the pros and cons of using valve regulated lead acid (VRLA) versus flooded batteries.
  • Specify a charge controller.
  • Specify a battery-based inverter given certain parameters.
  • Determine acceptable voltage drop for system circuits.
  • Perform detailed site analysis utilizing commercially available tools.

     

      Enrollment is Limited

      Monday-Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm

      Register Now!

 

PV150: Solar Installation Lab

This hands-on workshop gives you three (3) days (8am-5pm) of supervised installation practice on solar-electric systems,  focusing on how to safely install, test and commission solar-electric systems. Practical labs for installation of source electrical include: ac/dc disconnects, inverters, meter base, combiner boxes, utility interconnects.

You will dissect and install components of the two (2) grid-tied systems most commonly used in the Arizona.  Class includes hands on labs for installation of panels/rails/mounts (s-tile, composite shingle and mission tile).

This course will provide an overview of the three basic PV system applications, primarily focusing on grid-direct systems.  The goal of the course is to create a fundamental understanding of the core concepts necessary to work with all PV systems including:  system components, site analysis, PV module criteria, mounting solutions, safety and commissioning.  The course will also cover the basics of sizing a residential and commercial grid-direct system, wire sizing, overcurrent protection and grounding.

Plan to leave being able to:

  • Analyze net metering and other incentives that affect the final cost of PV system.
  • Diagram an array of in-series and parallel configurations.
  • Size appropriate disconnects and overcurrent protection .
  • Analyze specifications for a given module and determine a module's performance given various environmental conditions.
  • Evaluate performance of an array/system based on irradiance changes or for array orientation and tilt angle at a given site.
  • Determine the magnetic declination, find the orientation and altitude angle of the sun, and evaluate the shade potential for a given site.
  • Interpret equipment specification sheets to determine the critical information needed in system design.
  • Size a residential grid-direct system including the inverter, array, PV source and inverter output circuit conductors (basic) and overcurrent protection.
  • Determine the number of modules that can fit on a given roof space.
  • Identify the following wires and components on a three-line diagram of a residential grid-direct system:  the array, disconnects, inverters, the equipment grounding conductors, ungrounded conductors, grounded conductors, the grounding electrode(s) and the system grounds.
  • List the order of commissioning and potential safety hazards for grid-direct systems.

 

Prerequisite:  Participants must have completed the Pv100 workshop before enrolling in the PV150: Residential Solar Installation Lab

      Enrollment is Limited

      Three Saturdays, 8:00am - 5:00pm

      Register Now!

 

Optional: PV200: Advanced Solar Design & Compliance

Here you will learn to apply the National Electric Code (NEC) to solar-electric systems and specify design criteria for both residential and commercial systems. This classroom focuses on the National Electric Code (NEC), including grid interface calculations, grounding considerations and wire sizing. You will evaluate system performance under various operating conditions. Commercial system design elements, including inter-row shading, inverter selection, and data monitoring solutions are covered. In-person lectures are combined with system design exercises. The in-person workshop consists of five days of classroom lecture with hands-on class labs.

Plan to leave being able to:

  • Perform NEC service-panel bus-bar calculations.
  • Calculate and diagram appropriate series fusing.
  • Determine NEC required workspace clearances.
  • Size appropriate disconnects and overcurrent protection.
  • Calculate spacing between modules to eliminate inter-row shading Perform uplift force and lag bolt strength calculations.
  • Identify all required NEC labeling for solar-electric systems.
  • Size grounding wires and grounding electrode conductors to NEC standards.
  • Draw a three-line diagram of a residential grid-tied system and a residential battery-based system.
  • Identify the sizing considerations for stand-alone systems.
  • Perform sizing calculations for a battery-based system.
  • Calculate maximum charge rates for batteries.

     

      Enrollment is Limited

      Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm

      Register Now!

 

PHOTOVOLTAIC (SOLAR) SYSTEM DESIGNER PROGRAM

PV100: Solar Design & Installation

This in-person workshop provides you an overview of the basic PV system applications. You will learn the fundamental concepts required for working safely with PV systems and designing residential-sized, code compliant, battery-less, grid-tied and stand-alone systems.

The goal of this session is to create a fundamental understanding of the core concepts necessary to work with both residential and commercial PV systems. Topics include: system components, site analysis, PV module criteria, mounting solutions, safety, and commissioning. You will learn the fundamentals of sizing a residential battery-less grid-tied system, wire sizing, over-current protection, and grounding. This session also reviews fundamental design criteria for off-grid stand-alone systems including specifying batteries, controllers, and battery-based inverters.

Plan to leave being able to:

  • Calculate power and energy needs.
  • Perform a load analysis for off-grid and battery-less grid-tied systems.
  • Implement electrical efficiency measures to reduce system size.
  • Diagram an array and battery bank in series and parallel configurations.
  • Obtain and apply module specifications.
  • Assess module performance and array performance given various conditions.
  • Determine the azimuth and altitude angle of the sun and evaluate shading potential.
  • Outline the pros and cons of different mounting structures.
  • Interpret and apply data from equipment specification sheets.
  • Size a residential battery-less grid-tied system including the inverter, array, wiring, and over-current protection.
  • List the order of commissioning/decommissioning and the potential safety hazards of PV systems. 
  • Draw a block diagram and list the pros and cons of different system types.
  • Identify the proper safety protocols for working with batteries.
  • Define battery depth of discharge, days of autonomy, equalization and efficiency.
  • Identify the pros and cons of using valve regulated lead acid (VRLA) versus flooded batteries.
  • Specify a charge controller.
  • Specify a battery-based inverter given certain parameters.
  • Determine acceptable voltage drop for system circuits.
  • Perform detailed site analysis utilizing commercially available tools.

     

      Enrollment is Limited

      Monday-Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm

      Register Now!

 

PV200: Advanced Solar Design & Compliance

Here you will learn to apply the National Electric Code (NEC) to solar-electric systems and specify design criteria for both residential and commercial systems. This classroom focuses on the National Electric Code (NEC), including grid interface calculations, grounding considerations and wire sizing. You will evaluate system performance under various operating conditions. Commercial system design elements, including inter-row shading, inverter selection, and data monitoring solutions are covered. In-person lectures are combined with system design exercises. The in-person workshop consists of five days of classroom lecture with hands-on class labs.

Plan to leave being able to:

  • Perform NEC service-panel bus-bar calculations.
  • Calculate and diagram appropriate series fusing.
  • Determine NEC required workspace clearances.
  • Size appropriate disconnects and overcurrent protection.
  • Calculate spacing between modules to eliminate inter-row shading Perform uplift force and lag bolt strength calculations.
  • Identify all required NEC labeling for solar-electric systems.
  • Size grounding wires and grounding electrode conductors to NEC standards.
  • Draw a three-line diagram of a residential grid-tied system and a residential battery-based system.
  • Identify the sizing considerations for stand-alone systems.
  • Perform sizing calculations for a battery-based system.
  • Calculate maximum charge rates for batteries.

     

      Enrollment is Limited

      Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm

      Register Now!

 

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Enrollment is limited

Workshop Materials

The fee for the workshop includes all course materials. You will receive a workshop notebook and a textbook upon your arrival (depending upon workshop).  Bring a calculator and Sun Screen creme.  Casual attire.

Enrollment

Enrollment Classes are open on a first-come basis. Class size is limited. You can check with our main office to confirm available space at 480.235.8353.

To reserve a seat, complete the Registration form (physical form should be faxed to 866.378.3878) with your tuition. Once submitted, your seat will be reserved.