Introduction to Photovoltaic System Design & Construction

Monday, August 9, 2021 to Friday, August 13, 2021

Registration is closed. Details have been emailed to registered participants, if you did not receive the email please contact and I will send it to you. 

COVID-19: The Appalachian Energy Center will follow the guidelines currently in place at the time of the workshop by Appalachian State University and the State of North Carolina in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Please refer to this page for the latest updates in University operations.

Interested to get into the solar field but don't know where to start? This week long workshop will introduce participants to the fundamentals of solar energy, types of solar energy systems, system sizing principles, and the electrical and mechanical design of photovoltaic arrays. This workshop includes site visits to installed systems on the campus of Appalachian State.

The course will focus on the key competencies addressed in the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) Associate PV exam and includes the exam. Participants will have up to 6 months to take the test at a Castle Worldwide testing company at the testing location of your choice. Upon passing, you will receive the NABCEP Photovoltaic Associate Certification. The NABCEP Photovoltaic Associate Program is designed for individuals wanting to get into the solar field, and is a way to demonstrate achievement of a basic knowledge of the fundamental principles of the application, design, installation and operation of grid-tied and stand-alone PV Systems. Click here for more information on the NABCEP Associate Program.NABCEP PV Associate

North Carolina ranks 3rd in the U.S. for solar energy capacity, view the recent report from SEIA.

 Early Registration Cost: $1,150 *
*Cost after July 19: $1,250
Student in UNC System Early Registration Cost: $950**
**Student Cost after July 19: $1,000
Refer a friend and you'll each receive $50 off. Details here.

Location: Appalachian State University Campus, Reich College of Education, Room 127. Parking will be at College Street Parking Deck, the gate for the parking deck will be open.
Time: Monday through Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm

Continuing Education Credits Offered: 24 hours for the NCBEEC (covers CE requirement for a 3 year period), 37 PDH, 37 LU|HSW                                
All attendees will receive a Certificate of Completion
Note: Course materials will be provided electronically.


jr and maxJ.R. Whitley is a NABCEP Certified PV installer and a NC licensed electrician who has been working in the solar industry since graduating from Appalachian State University's Appropriate Technology program in 2006. He has been involved in all aspects of PV system design, installation, and maintenance. He currently owns 690 Electric and is an instructor for Solar Energy International.      

Max Isaacs is a NABCEP Certified Solar PV Installer and a NC licensed electrical contractor. He has served in all aspects of PV operations including design, commissioning, and troubleshooting. He is responsible for over two hundred solar installations and currently works as a Project Engineer.SEI