Solar Design and Installation

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This intensive course will provide homeowners and aspiring professionals with the broad knowledge needed to make informed decisions regarding the design and installation of a solar electric system, as well as the skills necessary to be actively involved in the system’s implementation. The course will start by introducing the fundamentals of photovoltaic technology, the types of solar electric systems and components, and basic elements of site evaluation and design. Students will tour several residential PV systems, discuss incentive programs and code compliance, and perform financial analysis. Participants will complete a hands-on installation of a small solar electric system on a mock roof. And finally, instructors will help course participants size and select equipment for their own solar electric systems. Each student will leave the class with the knowledge necessary to assist a licensed solar professional in designing and installing an appropriate solar electric system for their home.

At the end of the course, students will have the opportunity to take the NABCEP PV Associate Credential Exam for an additional fee.


AIA Credit Courses, Building Systems Design and Building Science


Beginner, Intermediate


  • Sterling College: 2 Continuing Education Units ($260 additional)
  • American Institute of Architects (AIA): 35 HSW Learning Units

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