Foundations of Solar PV System Design & Installation

Foundations of Solar PV System
Design & Installation

$1295 – 48 Training Hours

  • 32 Onsite Training Hours
    • 8 week series
    • 4 hours in each Saturday session
    • Hands-on exercises in our Solar Lab
  • 16 Online Training Hours
    • Reading assignments, & downloadable resource materials
    • Online quizzes and exams

Course also includes:
- Photovoltaic Systems: 3rd Edition, by Jim Dunlop

*no international shipping; $70 refunded to international participants

NABCEP Registered Provider Photovoltaic Associate 300x279 Foundations of Solar PV System Design & Installation

• Registered NABCEP Photovoltaic Associate Exam Provider


Our Foundations Workshop Series is a gateway to all areas of the fast-growing solar industry. This course bridges participants form entry-level solar fundamentals to intermediate-level concepts of PV solar system design and installation.  This course is based on the NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) Photovoltaic Associate Exam’s Learning Objectives and the Task Analysis for the PV Installation Professional Exam. After completing this course, participants are eligible to sit for NABCEP‘s Photovoltaic Associate Exam. Click here to learn more.

Who is this class for?

No matter what your experience or background may be, you can use what you learn in our Foundations-level workshop 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 Solar Career Pathfinders at 512-443-5725 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.

  • System Requirements for our eLearning Campus

    System Requirements for our eLearning Campus

    Our elearning campus uses the Moodle learning platform. There are no download requirements to use Moodle. The following are the system requirements to access the ImagineSolar elearning campus and to interact with our online material.

    High-speed broadband Internet access is recommended.

    You access our elearning campus from a web browser on your PC/tablet/notepad. Windows and Apple devices are both supported.

    Browser Settings and Plug-ins:

    Minimum Browser for using Moodle: Firefox 4, Internet Explorer 8, Safari 5, Google Chrome 11, Opera 9;

    The operating system is not important;

    Java Runtime Environment 1.4 or higher;

    JavaScript Enabled;

    Cookies Enabled;

    Pop-Up blocking Disabled;

    Moodle uses a Flash Player for viewing videos that is compatible with all PC-based and Android devices;

    If you are using Apple computers, install “Adobe Player for Mac” or its equivalent to view the video lectures;

    For Apple iPads, install Photon Flash Player for iPad or the Puffin Web Browser or the equivalent;

  • 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.
    • Access to ImagineSolar’s online campus

How to Register and Enroll:

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