The USSolar Institute

Advanced PV Design & Installation



This very desirable course is a comprehensive and highly advanced 40 hour PV solar electrical power training course. PV301 takes important subject matter learned in PV201 and expands the student’s solar educational experience by linking every task to the National Electric Code NEC 2011 and the Florida Building Code – the two most comprehensive codes in the world.

With the most comprehensive hands on training on the market, USSI’s PV 301 students learn by building and developing solar electrical producing systems based on real world plans and specifications. This class is perfectly suited to further develop those who work (or plan to) in the solar PV industry as installing electricians, solar and electrical contractors, master electricians, general contractors, electrical inspectors, design and consulting engineers, or anyone who truly wants to advance their knowledge, earn their personal certification(s) as photovoltaic installers of solar power systems by understanding solar power systems in accordance with both the National Electrical Code and Florida Building Codes.

PV301 is simply the best course on the market for people looking for green careers installing solar power systems. This course truly prepares one for a career in solar by providing real world training in the photovoltaic energy and power industry. In this course, the students actually learn the basics of the solar contracting and solar power installation process.

Students begin by opening a complete set of bid documents, plans and specifications. They next lay out the installation plan in a safe step by step fashion in accordance with the Florida Building Code. The students gain a working understanding of the entire permitting process; plan reviews, notice of commencement, lien law, rough-in inspection, final inspection, commissioning and owner training for several types of working solar installations.

This course is instructed and supported by solar electric education professors, Florida certified solar contractors, building officials, electrical engineers, electricians, electrical contractors, and electrical energy corporate professionals. Anyone who works (or wants to) in the solar energy industry or simple desires a working understanding of installed solar electricity, electrical training, electrical contracting, photovoltaic electrical training, or any installation and contracting aspect of the solar energy and solar power industry must take this course.

Only the US Solar Institute prepares you for a true green career in solar power in a matter of weeks. If you want to gain real world knowledge and skills in the photovoltaic industry you must come to US Solar Institute today.

We train some of the solar industry’s leading corporations, contractors, estimators, engineers, plan reviewers, inspectors, electricians, manufacturing specialists, sales, service and marketing professionals. In this class you will:

  • Conduct comprehensive site analysis, inspections, energy and demand estimates.
  • Use of online tools, useful programs and software.
  • Estimate savings, cost and return on investment.
  • Actually design, estimate, submit and make permit applications for real world projects
  • Understand the project management skills required to build, pass inspections and complete permitted jobs.
  • Organize, plan and lay out a PV installation
  • Select and size all PV system components in accordance with NEC 2011
  • Size breakers, over current protecting and all conductors per NEC 2011
  • Construct PV arrays with proper consideration for hurricane zones
  • Understand NEC 690 2011 and CE 50 2009
  • Start up, commission and maintain Photovoltaic systems.

Although every state is different, this course is intended to prepare students for real world installation with class room simulated working experience through understanding the National Electric Code, photovoltaic plans and specifications as required by most states building departments. This course is so comprehensive that most graduates will be sufficiently prepared to pass most state certified solar contractor license examinations. Upon completion graduates are eligible to work as an intern or extern in PV-401.

Note: This is a 40 hour course that runs from Monday – Friday from 8am to 5pm. This class exceeds any existing course or national standard for entry level knowledge of Photovoltaic systems. *All lab materials and safety gear are included in the cost of the course.*

There are two required textbooks for this class titled “Photovoltaic Power Systems for Inspectors & Plan Reviewers” and “NFPA70 2011 National Electric Handbook”

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