Solar Instructor Series

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The Southern Mid-Atlantic Provider of Solar Instructor Training  (SMAPSIT) is a Train the Trainer program funded by the US Department of Energy and administered by the NC Solar Center at NC State University. Its mission is to establish an advanced training program for Local Education Institutions (LEI) to address a critical need for high-quality, local, and accessible training in solar electric system design, installation, sales, and inspection.

The Program encompasses five jurisdictions:

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina

 Click here to see our partner institutions.

Recognizing the need for highly skilled and knowledgeable individuals to join the array of career paths in the solar workforce, the Solar Center is offering a variety of workshops and online tools to help K-12 teachers, community college instructors, college professors, and local inspectors incorporate solar fundamentals into the classroom.

Targeted teaching disciplines:

  • Construction trades such as electrical and roofing
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math
  • Economics, Policy, Finance, and Marketing
  • Authorities Having Jurisdiction- inspectors, code officials

 

Expected Outcomes*:

  • Development of solar (PV) programs for either credit or non-credit courses
  • Integration of solar topics into existing curricula
  • An increase in the number of students in the classroom knowledgeable in solar topics

 

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* We are required to collect measurable data on the types of classes and number of students taught by participants of our instructor series.  A successful applicant must commit to providing us with this data in the form of several metrics instruments, developed by DOE.

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Workshops under the Solar Instructor Series

Click on the title to learn a little more about each workshop.

 

To Apply to the Program:

Complete the online application process and sign this agreement.

 

FREE WORKSHOPS/ WEBINARS

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Online REPV:Renewable Energy Generation with Photovoltaic Systems

March 18 -April 24, 2014       Tuesday and Thursday from 12PM- 2:30 PM

This 40 hour workshop, part of the Renewable Energy Technologies Diploma Series, covers solar fundamentals, load analysis, system siting, system components, types, and applications as well as best practices in installation, troubleshooting and maintenance of residential PV systems. Battery –based and grid-tied systems are explored. Successful applicants gain access to online tools to help develop and teach PV fundamentals. Instructors must take and pass the NABCEP Entry Level exam.  Click here to learn more.

 

1 Day Hands-On PV lab

April 25, 2014

This one-day class is for those who have taken a 40 hour course on the basics of design and installation of PV systems (REPV). It dives right into the installation of a grid-tied system, from installing the photovoltaic modules to commissioning the system.

 

REPV: Renewable Energy Generation with Photovoltaic Systems

May 12-16, 2014   in Raleigh,  NC

This week-long workshop, part of the Renewable Energy Technologies Diploma Series, covers solar fundamentals, load analysis, system siting, system components, types, and applications as well as best practices in installation, troubleshooting and maintenance of residential PV systems. Battery –based and grid-tied systems are explored. Successful applicants gain access to online tools to help develop and teach PV fundamentals.Instructors must take and pass the NABCEP Entry Level exam.  Click here to learn more.

 

REPV(A) – Advanced Design and Installation of Photovoltaic Systems

June 2-6, 2014

A continuing education workshop for instructors who want to go deeper into the design of PV systems, this 40-hour course examines details of PV electrical standards and codes. You must have taken an entry-level PV class to take this course. Click here to learn more.

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Designing PV worksheets and activities: A workshop for Technical Instructors and STEM Teachers.

June 11, 2014

This one-day facilitator led collaborative workshop will guide teachers, especially in the science and math disciplines, to design worksheets and activities that introduce their students to photovoltaic concepts through basics of electricity principles.

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REPV: Renewable Energy Generation with Photovoltaic Systems

September 15-19, 2014   in Raleigh,  NC

This week-long workshop, part of the Renewable Energy Technologies Diploma Series, covers solar fundamentals, load analysis, system siting, system components, types, and applications as well as best practices in installation, troubleshooting and maintenance of residential PV systems. Battery –based and grid-tied systems are explored. Successful applicants gain access to online tools to help develop and teach PV fundamentals.Instructors must take and pass the NABCEP Entry Level exam.  Click here to learn more.

 

Online REPV:Renewable Energy Generation with Photovoltaic Systems

October 28- December 4, 2014       Tuesday and Thursday from 12PM- 2:30 PM

This 40 hour workshop, part of the Renewable Energy Technologies Diploma Series, covers solar fundamentals, load analysis, system siting, system components, types, and applications as well as best practices in installation, troubleshooting and maintenance of residential PV systems. Battery –based and grid-tied systems are explored. Successful applicants gain access to online tools to help develop and teach PV fundamentals. Instructors must take and pass the NABCEP Entry Level exam.  Click here to learn more.

 

1 Day Hands-On PV lab

December 5, 2014

This one-day class is for those who have taken a 40 hour course on the basics of design and installation of PV systems (REPV). It dives right into the installation of a grid-tied system, from installing the photovoltaic modules to commissioning the system.

Integrating Solar in Existing Curricula

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This free webinar, presented by Andrew McMahan, North Carolina Director of the Energy CIP, will walk you through the process of how North Carolina is integrating alternative energy into curricula of existing degree programs.

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How to Land Your Green Energy Dream Job

This free webinar and workshop will help you and your students understand where they might fit in this rapidly growing industry.

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REDUCED FEE  WORKSHOPS:

PV Training for Inspectors

December 11,2013

This class is intended for AHJs – code officials and inspectors and instructors teaching inspectors and installers who need to familiarize themselves with code compliant photovoltaic systems.  A PV Online Training (PVOT) course for inspectors is also available as a resource. Download flyer.

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Certificate in Renewable Energy Management (CREM)

March 13-May 15, 2014

This unique 40-hour workshop caters to the non-technical side of renewables. It offers an overview of renewable energy technologies,  policy and finance and helps the individual navigate the often complicated waters of renewable energy project development. This is a hybrid onsite and online class offered from mid-July to end of September 2012. Instructors need to be present for the first two days and last day of class. The rest of the sessions are offered or available online. This course is intended for those in a position of policy, finance or project development or those involved in teaching policy, finance or project development. Click here to learn more.

 

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Overview of Renewable Energy Technology and Project Development

March 13-14, 2014

Part of the Certificate in Renewable Energy Management but offered as a stand-alone, this 14-hour course includes topics on how technologies work, market trends, siting projects, choosing the right technology and products for a project, and fundamentals of project development.

 

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Overview of Solar Policy and Financial Modeling

April 9, 2014

Part of the Certificate in Renewable Energy Management but offered as a stand-alone, this  8 hour online/onsite class provides an overview of policies that create the renewable energy market as well as a comprehensive financial modeling tool that offers payback models on PV projects. Click here to learn more.

 

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Practical Aspects of Renewable Energy Project Development

May 21, 2014.

This half-day class, part of the CREM program, reviews policy and contracts to help manage and assess risks of project development, and covers topics on contract structuring and documentation.

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To Apply to the Program:

Complete the online application process and sign this agreement.
For more information, contact Lyra Rakusin at lyra_rakusin@ncsu.edu or 919-513-7769 or Maria O’Farrell at maria_ofarrell@ncsu.edu or 919.538.8287.

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Learn More

United States Department of Energy

ARRA Recovery Website

SMAPSIT Program Overview

Solar Instructor Series Program Fact Sheet

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