Custom Training

ImagineSolar offers employee training programs for companies and organizations that are expanding products or services in the solar industry. We customize each training program to fit your workforce. We have a vast library of content, including best industry practices and the latest technological offerings. We can deliver courses from one day to one week in duration ensuring that your staff is fully trained.

Our Utility-Scale education includes project management, engineering workflow, field and assembly labor, and job-site safety. Our Distribution and Integration education includes PV market economics, and fundamentals of solar PV installation.

Our clientele list includes corporations, commercial clients, government agencies, schools and utilities. Below are some training projects that ImagineSolar has undertaken in the education sector.

 

First Community College Solar Training Program in Texas
Secured grant funding through an ImagineSolar proposal for the first community college solar training program in Texas; created all the course curricula and implemented the program; program implementation included program design, equipment specification and donation, and outreach to participants and partners; this project was funded by the U.S. Department of Energy through the Texas State Energy Conservation Office; we collaborated with the Austin Community College for this project;

Austin Independent School District
• Prepared solar lesson topics in alignment with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) requirements for K-12 science classes; this project was funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Solar America Cities program through the City of Austin; we collaborated with the Austin Independent School District for this project including conducting training for science teachers and sharing knowledge with curricula developers;

Solar Train-the-Trainer Program for Educators throughout Texas
• Conceptualized and implemented a solar train-the-trainer program for educators throughout Texas; this project was funded by the U.S. Department of Energy through the Texas State Energy Conservation Office and implemented through the Austin Community College; we collaborated, sharing knowledge and best practices, with educators from the colleges listed below:

  • Alamo Colleges, San Antonio, Texas
  • Amarillo College, Amarillo, Texas
  • Austin Community College, Austin, Texas
  • Cedar Valley College, Lancaster, Texas
  • Central Texas College, Killeen, Texas
  • Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD), Dallas, Texas
  • Kilgore College, Kilgore, Texas
  • Lamar Institute of Technology, Beaumont, Texas
  • Lee College, Baytown, Texas
  • Lone Star College, Tomball, Texas
  • Northeast Texas Community College, Mount Pleasant, Texas
  • South Plains College, Levelland, Texas
  • Temple Collage, Temple, Texas
  • Texas State Technical College, Waco, Texas
  • Texas State Technical College, Harlingen, Texas
  • Texas State Technical College, Marshall, Texas

Solar PV Installer Job Task Analysis
• Serves on the Solar PV Installer Job Task Analysis (JTA) Team for the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP). 2011 – Current;

Institute of Sustainable Power Quality (ISPQ) Advisory Board
• Serves on the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) Institute of Sustainable Power Quality (ISPQ) Advisory Board, 2010 – Current; 2012 marks IREC’s 30th year as a leader in the renewable energy community, known for connecting people, ideas and technology to produce measurable results. IREC, a non-profit corporation with tax-exempt status, has worked with industry, government, educators and other stakeholders to ensure that the broader use of renewable energies is possible, safe, affordable and practical for us all;

Energy Training Partnership Grant from the Department of Labor ARRA High Growth and Emerging Industries
• Conceptualized the grant proposal strategy, built the proposal team, and gathered the support to apply for an Energy Training Partnership grant from the Department of Labor ARRA High Growth and Emerging Industries (HGEI) grant program. We entered into a partnership with the Austin Electrical Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (AEJATC) and Workforce Solutions – Capital Area Workforce Board to create a Comprehensive-National Electrician Solar Training (C-NEST) initiative. Upon winning the grant, we implemented a solar and smart grid training program throughout a five-state region including Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, New Mexico, and Arizona. Also, in fulfillment of the grant and the C-NEST partnership, ImagineSolar was responsible for the following:

  1. Outreach potential trainees to provide technical information about solar electrical training;
  2. Case manage trainees, including training retention and tracking;
  3. Maintain applicant and trainee status on database for enrollment, training, employment, and job retention tracking purposes;
  4. Support the procurement process for training supplies and equipment as necessary to conduct project training;
  5. Consult for AEJATC to specify the grant-related equipment and supplies for the purposes of conducting procurements;
  6. Assist in the installation of equipment;
  7. Coordinate with utility-scale contractors to target appropriate training outcomes;
  8. Coordinate with local non-profits, public entities, and others for field experience installations;
  9. Coordinate with the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners to proctor the NABCEP Entry Level Exam and to support appropriate industry recognition for trainees;
  10. Provide training to eligible grant-funded individuals in solar and smart grid courses;
  11. Maintain best industry practices in terms of course quality and delivery per ISPQ guidelines and instructor capabilities per NABCEP recognition.
  12. Increase training capacity as required as trainees funded under the grant are enrolled
  13. Conduct surveys of trainees upon course completion and share results with AEJATC and Workforce Solutions;
  14. Assist with identifying employment opportunities for trainees;

Our performance on this grant gained recognition for promising practices from the Department of Labor as well as the Texas Workforce Investment Council, Office of the Governor. In addition to our training partners, we collaborated with staff and trainers from the following training centers:

  • Austin Electrical JATC, Austin, Texas
  • New Mexico Electrical JATC, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • North Texas Electrical JATC, Grand Prairie, Texas
  • Phoenix Electrical JATC, Phoenix, Arizona
  • Rio Grand Valley/Laredo JATC, McAllen, Texas
  • South Texas Electrical JATC, San Antonio, Texas
  • Texas Gulf Coast Electrical JATC, Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Topeka Electrical JATC, Topeka, Kansas
  • Tulsa Electricians JATC, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Western Oklahoma Electrical JATC, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • West Texas Electrical JATC, Amarillo, Texas
  • Wichita Electrical JATC, Wichita, Kansas