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PV – 301 Advanced PV Design and Installation

40 hours (Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm) – $1,495.00 -View Course Calendar


This very desirable course is a comprehensive and highly advanced 40 hour PV solar electrical power training course.  PV301 takes important subject matter learned in PV201 and expands the student’s solar educational experience by linking every task to the National Electric Code NEC 2011 and the Canadian Electrical Code CE 2009.

With the most comprehensive hands on training on the market USSI’s PV 301 students learn by building solar electrical producing systems based on real world plans and specifications.  This class is perfectly suited for electricians, journeymen electricians, electrical apprentices, electrical contractors, master electricians, general contractors, electrical inspectors, electrical plan reviewers, design and consulting electrical engineers, or anyone who truly wants to advance their knowledge and solar power systems by understanding solar power systems in accordance with both the National Electrical Code and Canadian Electrical Code.

PV301 is simply the best course on the market for people looking for green careers installing solar power systems.  This course truly prepares one for a career in solar by providing real world training in the photovoltaic energy and power industry.  In this course, the students actually learn the basics of the solar contracting and solar power installation process.  Students begin by opening a complete set of bid documents, plans and specifications.  They next lay out the installation plan in a safe step by step fashion in accordance with the Florida Building Code.  The students gain a working understanding of the entire permitting process, plan reviews, notice of commencement, lien law, rough-in inspection, final inspection, commissioning and owner training for several types of working solar installations.

This course is instructed and supported by solar electric education professors, Florida certified solar contractors, building officials, electrical engineers, electricians, electrical contractors, and electrical energy corporate professionals.  Anyone who works (or wants to) in the solar energy industry or simple desires a working understanding of installed solar electricity, electrical training, electrical contracting, photovoltaic electrical training, or any installation and contracting aspect of the solar energy and solar power industry must take this course.

Only the US Solar Institute prepares you for a true green career in solar power in a matter of weeks.  If you want to gain real world knowledge and skills in the photovoltaic industry you must come to US Solar Institute today.

We train some of the solar industry’s leading corporations, contractors, estimators, engineers, plan reviewers, inspectors, electricians, manufacturing specialists, sales, service and marketing professionals.  In this class you will:

  • Conduct comprehensive site analysis, inspections, energy and demand estimates.
  • Use of online tools, useful programs and software.
  • Estimate savings, cost and return on investment.
  • Actually design, estimate, submit and make permit applications for real world projects
  • Understand the project management skills required to build, pass inspections and complete permitted jobs.
  • Organize, plan and lay out a PV installation
  • Select and size all PV system components in accordance with NEC 2011
  • Size breakers, over current protecting and all conductors per NEC 2011
  • Construct PV arrays with proper consideration for hurricane zones
  • Understand NEC 690 2011 and CE 50 2009
  • Start up, commission and maintain Photovoltaic systems.

Although every state is different, this course is intended to prepare students for real world installation with class room simulated working experience through understanding the National Electric Code, photovoltaic plans and specifications as required by most states building departments.  This course is so comprehensive that most graduates will be sufficiently prepared to pass most state certified solar contractor license examinations.  Upon completion graduates are eligible to work as an intern or extern in PV-401.  See class photos on ourFacebook page!