Foundations Online: Solar PV System Design & Installation

Foundations Online:
Solar PV System Design & Installation
$695 – 60 Credit Hours
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6 Month All-Access Pass:

  • 6 months access to e-learning campus, open 24 hours a day. 60 hours of Online lesson material:
    • Extensive design exercises and interactive problem sets. Immediate feedback and grading
    • Instructional videos of instructors showing problem set and exercise solutions
    • Custom slidesets and video lectures
    • Reading assignments, & downloadable resource materials
  • 6 months access to Instructor Support through email and Q&A Forum
  • 6 months access to Online LIVE Topic Series with ImagineSolar instructors

Our Foundations Online: Solar PV System Design & Installation course is designed to provide you with the knowledge you need to launch your career in the fast-growing solar industry. You will gain the in-depth understanding of PV systems essential for virtually any role in the solar industry;

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Course also includes:
- a coupon to attend the 1-day Solar Lab Workshop
- textbook: Photovoltaic Systems by Jim Dunlop

*no international shipping; $70 refunded to international participants

Want to train hands-on at our Solar Lab? Consider the Advanced PV Power Package


This course is based on the NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) Entry Exam Learning Objectives and the Task Analysis for the PV Installation Professional Exam. After completing this course, participants are eligible to sit for NABCEP‘s Entry Level Exam. Click here to purchase the NABCEP Entry Level Exam.

Live instructor support by email and telephone, as well as biweekly Online LIVE sessions give students access to guidance and expertise while taking the course.

This online, self-paced course is incredibly content-rich: stocked with webinars, animations, slidesets, instructional videos, downloadable materials for offline study, as well as quizzes (more than 150 questions) and exam problem sets (more than 140 exam problems) with immediate feedback and grading. The exam problem sets are similar to what you can expect on solar certification exams.

To gain hands-on experience to complement your online learning, enroll in our Advanced One Day Lab which takes place in our state-of-the-art solar field lab. You can take the lab before, during, or after your online course as it is a stand-alone workshop, providing 8 hours of advanced credit.

Who is this class for?

No matter what your experience or background may be, you can use what you learn in PV201e to launch your career in the solar PV industry or to determine if an investment in solar is right for your property. This course is designed for:

  • Home Owners, Business Owners, and Facility Managers
  • Electricians, Engineers, and Architects
  • Entrepreneurs, Sales & Marketing professionals
  • Contractors, Builders, and Remodelers
  • All other who want to become solar industry professionals

Not sure if this course is right for you? Check with our enrollment advisors at 888-514-1972 or email us at

Had an excellent follow-up interview last Thursday, and a KEY item that impressed him was the PV201 course. Thanks again! –Chris Jones 1/19/15

“Thank you, very informative course.” –Daniel  Smith 1/1/15

“It was an amazing experience taking this course online. I am very confident to be successful in PV installation and design market. Thanks.” –Guy Koloko 11/3/14

“With a [megawatt] already under my belt , this course was still very informative and I learned that you can never know enough about a subject. thank you very much. I look forward to taking the entry level test and advanced class in the spring.” –Charles Cameron 8/21/14

Course Details:

  • Instruction Topics
    • The Photovoltaic Industry and the Qualified Solar Pro
    • Basics of Electricity
    • The Solar Resource
    • Site Assessments
    • Tools for the Solar Professional
    • System Components and Configurations
    • Cells, Modules, and Arrays
    • Batteries and Charge Controllers
    • Inverters: Types and Specifications
    • System Sizing and Design
    • Mechanical Integration
    • Electrical Integration
    • Utility Interconnection
    • System Installation and Commissioning
    • Performance and Troubleshooting

  • About Our Instructors

    ImagineSolar has trained thousands of individuals who have gone on to be an integral part of the solar industry. Our course teaches best practices using the most current technologies and methods for the solar industry. Our course instruction is continuously updated with the latest developments as the solar industry evolves. Many of ImagineSolar’s consultants, instructors, and lecturers have obtained one or more NABCEP certifications. To view their credentials please click here.

  • About Our Online Courses

    ImagineSolar Online allows you to learn at your own pace, on your own schedule, and from anywhere – all with live instructor support. In addition to the great course content, videos, readings, and problem sets, students can communicate with ImagineSolar instructors via live videoconferencing, forums, email, and by phone.

    Visual learners will benefit from the various charts, videos, images, animations and graphics.
    Auditory learners will benefit from recorded lectures, narrative video and recitation.
    Tactile learners will benefit from the worksheets, writing repetition and note-taking.

    As an ImagineSolar Online student, you will have access to bi-weekly office hours. These interactive online meetings occur every other Wednesday, 6pm-7pm CST. Our ImagineSolar instructors are available during this time to answer questions, review ImagineSolar course material, and cover solar industry developments. For an introduction to our immersive Online Live learning environment, check out our free Online Live Short Course.

  • About the Online LIVE sessions

    Online LIVE Topic Sessions take place on a biweekly schedule. They are an optional support resource, giving participants a place to interact with instructors, ask questions, work problems, and discuss course material.  The Online LIVE classrooms for the Foundations Online course take place every other Wednesday, 5pm-6pm CST.

    To the right, you can watch our Senior Instructor, Doug Soester, conduct an Online LIVE short course on Ungrounded PV & Non-Insulated Inverters.

    Our Online LIVE Topic Sessions use GoToMeeting. GoToMeeting is a web-hosted service created and marketed by the Online Services division of Citrix Systems. It is an online meeting, desktop sharing, and video conferencing service that enables our instructors to conduct classes via the Internet in real time.

    The first time that you join GoToMeeting, you will be prompted to run the Citrix Launcher. For mobile devices, you will download a free app from the relevant app store.

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  • System Requirements

    Supported Browsers:

    Firefox 3.6 or higher
    Internet Explorer 7 or higher
    Firefox 3.6 or higher

    Browser Settings and Plug-ins:

    Java Runtime Environment 1.4 or higher
    JavaScript Enabled
    Cookies Enabled
    Pop-Up blocking Disabled

  • Provided and Recommended Materials
    • Textbook: Photovoltaic Systems by Jim Dunlop from American Technical Publishers. 3rd edition.
      * Please note that international shipping is not available. Contact us for the International discount code before registration, or $70 will be refunded after registration.
    • CD-ROM of resource material. Includes Quick Quizzes®, Illustrated Glossary, Media Clips, reference material, several solar resources.
    • Access to ImagineSolar’s online training site containing lessons, video lectures, slideshows, quizzes and additional materials for 6 months

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