Solar Technician Associate Boot Camp

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Monday-Friday  |  Feb. 24–28, 2020  |  8 a.m.–5 p.m. 

This course will introduce you to photovoltaic (PV) design, installation, and maintenance of PV systems. The classroom theory and hands-on training will cover the following learning objectives:

• PV markets and applications
• Safety basics
• Electricity basics
• Solar energy fundamentals
• PV module fundamentals
• System components
• PV system sizing principles
• PV system electrical design
• PV system mechanical design and performance analysis
• Maintenance and troubleshooting

At the end of the course, students will be eligible to sit for the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) Photovoltaic Associate (PVA) Exam.
The PVA credential is intended for people who are currently working in, or seeking employment in, the renewable energy industry.

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This class is eligible for financial assistance through FastForward and FANTIC.


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Virginia has a growing solar energy industry. 

“The commitments to renewable energy included in this bill will catapult Virginia to the forefront of the clean energy movement and position the commonwealth as the most active state in the nation for new solar development,” said Devin Welch, co-founder of Charlottesville-based Sun Tribe Solar.

Source: “Governor signs sweeping utility overhaul affecting 3 million Virginia ratepayers,
Robert Zullo, Richmond Times-Dispatch, March 9, 2018

Bureau of Labor Statistics Job Outlook for Photovoltaic Installers:

Employment of solar photovoltaic (PV) installers is projected to grow 63 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. The continued expansion and adoption of solar panel installations will result in excellent job opportunities for qualified individuals, particularly those who complete photovoltaic training courses at a community college or technical school.