Introduction to Photovoltaic System Design & Construction (NABCEP Entry Level)

May 15 2017 - May 19 2017

*Registration link coming soon!


This 40-hour workshop will introduce participants to the basic concepts, tools, techniques and materials needed to design and construct both battery-based and grid-direct photovoltaic systems. The course will focus on the key competencies addressed in the NABCEP Associate PV exam and includes the fee for the test. Participants will have up to 6 months to take the test at a Castle Worldwide testing company, at one of these locations: Apex, Boone, Cary, Charlotte, Cullowhee, Durham, Fayetteville, Greensboro, Hudson, Morrisville, Raleigh, or Wilmington. 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.

This workshop includes site visits to installed systems on campus including Raley PV Array, E3 House PV Rooftop Array, and Kerr Scott Hall Array.

Early Registration Cost: $1,150 *
Cost after April 28th: $1,250
Student in UNC System Early Registration Cost: $950**
Student Cost after April 28th: $1,000

Location: Appalachian State University Campus, Reich College of Education. See map below.
Time: Monday through Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm

Continuing Education Credits Offered: 24 hours for the NCBEEC, 40 PDH, 40 LU|HSW                               
All attendees will receive a Certificate of Completion


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.
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828-262-7514 (Appalachian Energy Center)
828-262-6553 (fax)

401 Academy Street
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ASU Box 32131
Boone, NC 28608


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