The Midwest Renewable Energy Association

PV 201.04 PV Site Assessor Training

Participants in this one-day course will learn how to perform a PV site assessment for a home or small business. The course will cover site assessment tools, load analysis, energy efficiency recommendations, array placement options, basic system sizing, cost estimates, and evaluating existing infrastructure on site. Participants will learn how to access online tools for solar resource analysis, PV system performance calculators, and incentives.To receive the MREA PV Site Assessor Certificate, participants will need to complete this course, two practice site assessments, pass the written test, and pay a $50 exam fee.

Course Instructors

Kurt Nelson, SOLutions

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  •     Use site assessment tools
  •     Size a PV system
  •     Recommend a PV system type to meet a home or owner's goals
  •     Identify and recommend steps for energy efficiency
  •     Perform a load analysis
  •     Identify and recommend array placement options
  •     Quantify the solar resource
  •     Provide a general cost estimate
  •     Write a PV site assessment report
  •     Use web-based performance calculators
  •     Provide installer and equipment vendor information


  • PV 101 Basic Photovoltaics and basic computer skills

Continuing Education Units

  •     8.0 continuing education credits for NABCEP PV Installer Certification
  •     6.5 learning units for American Institute of Architects (AIA) - HSW/SD
  •     BPI Recognized for 3.75 CEU Credits
  •     8.0 credit hours for WI Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification


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