How to Find a Job and Make Money in the Solar Industry

In this class you will learn

  1. The basics of how a solar PV system generates electricty
  2. Design principles; how to size an array, estimate power production, correctly size an inverter, basics to solar code.
  3. Basic financials: typical installed costs, financial returns of investing in a solar PV projects. 
  4. Industry Trends. What is driving the solar PV industry and where the jobs are
This course is for students, career changers or entrepreneurs looking to enter the renewable energy industry with a specific focus on solar PV. This course tech you the technical and financial basics of solar PV projects.
  • Solar PV 101

    The Delta

    W9th and Hamilton Ave
    Brooklyn, NY

    Each section of the class will be driven by

    • A short powerpoint and discussion
    • Worksheets and excel files. 
    • Example walkthroughs. 

    Part 1. Solar PV Basics. There will be a short lecture on electrical and solar PV basics. We will then walk through a series of examples to make sure the class understands the basic concepts. You'll leave with a book on solar PV basics for future reference. 

    In this section you wil learn

    • Electrical basics: Volts, Amps, Resistence. 
    • The relationship between temperature and voltage, irradiance and current
    • Solar PV Module Basics: Vmp, Voc, Isc, Ioc, Temperatuer coefficients and what the performance metrics mean

    Part 2. How to Design a Solar PV System. There will be a short lecture on the variables that determine solar PV system size. We will then walkthrough a complete design. All students will be given detailed documentation of how to design a system that they keep. 

    In this section, you will learn

    • How to estimate irradience for a given area
    • How to estimate iradience on a given roof
    • The impact of roof pitch, azmith, and shading on power production
    • How to determine the number of modules that can fit on a roof
    • How to estimate power production of an array
    • How to design an inverter
    • How to determine how many modules will be in each string and how to size conductors to meet code. 

    Part 3. The Financial Analysis of Solar PV system. This section will be driven by an excel model that will allow me to describe how different variables of each project impact installed costs and system IRRs for system owners. All students will be given the excel model so they can use it in the future. 

    In this section, you will learn

    • Typical installed costs for residential projects
    • How to determine the value of the solar output
    • What O+M costs
    • Typically IRRs for residential solar PV projects. 
    Wed, October 17th, 2012

    7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EDT

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Christopher Williams

Chris Williams has installed over 300kW of solar PV and holds a NABCEP Solar PV Certification

Chris is the CMO at HeatSpring Learning Institute, a national renewable energy training company. 

He still works in the field as a consultant to Voltaic Solaire in Brooklyn. Voltaic just completed the first 100% solar powered building that has been featured in:

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