Introduction to Photovoltaic System Design & Construction (NABCEP PV Associate)

May 13 2019 - May 17 2019


Interested to get into the solar field but don't know where to start? This 40-hour 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.

*North Carolina ranks 2nd in the U.S. for solar energy capacity, view the recent report from SEIA.

*Read Home Power Magazines article, "Become a Solar Professional" for more information on the NABCEP Associate Program and what it can do for your career.NABCEP PV Associate

Early Registration Cost: $1,150 *
*Cost after April 22th: $1,250
Student in UNC System Early Registration Cost: $950**
**Student Cost after April 22th: $1,000
NEW in 2019, refer a friend and you'll each receive $50 off. Details here.

Location: Appalachian State University Campus, Reich College of Education, Room 013. Parking will be at College Street Parking Deck. See map below.
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), 40 PDH, 40 LU|HSW                               
All attendees will receive a Certificate of Completion

Note: Course materials will be provided electronically.


J.R. Whitley
Max Isaacs

J.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.

JR and Max workshop 

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