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PV330: Advanced Solar Workshop - PV Project Experience

Assess | Plan | Design | Install | Hands-On Labs | Austin, TX | $1095

PV330: Advanced 3-Day Solar Workshop

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About Our Advanced Solar Workshop

This workshop is intended for individuals who want to add a hands-on solar PV system design and  installation training experience to our online courses. Our instructors have years of experience as solar industry professionals and have achieved NABCEP certifications. We conduct our workshops at our solar training facility in Austin, Texas.

  • 20 Advanced Training Hours
  • Lectures and Exercises on Designing String Inverter, Microinverter, and DC Optimizer PV Systems
  • Multiple Labs & Solar Technology Demonstrations
  • Real World Tips on PV System Inspections

Upcoming Dates:

May 30th - June 1st, 2020

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August 29th - August 31st, 2020

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This workshop prepares you to plan, design, and implement solar PV projects. The hands-on labs and demos feature leading solar technologies such as:

  • Battery-Based Microinverter PV System (Enphase Energy)
  • Rail-Less Installation Lab (Ecolibrium Solar EcoX , Canadian Solar, UL2703 Compliant)
  • Grid-Tied Commercial Flat-Roof PV Installation & Commissioning Lab with DC Optimizers (Mission Solar Energy, SolarEdge, Ecolibrium Solar)
  • Rail-Based Shingle Rooftop Flashing and Mounting Lab (SnapNrack, Canadian Solar)
  • Rail-Based Metal Rooftop Mounting Lab (SnapNrack, Canadian Solar)
  • Site Assessment Lab (Solar Pathfinder, Solmetric SunEye)

Recommended Prerequisite:

We recommend that you have begun studying our solar technologies course PV201e: Principles of Solar PV System Design and Installation. You can take the online course and the workshop concurrently.

Our Solar Field Lab:

We have updated our equipment since we shot this video. However, the video still captures the ImagineSolar experience!

Project Planning & Assessment; Designing PV Systems

  • Terms and Resources
  • Dynamics of Photovoltaic System Installation
  • Dynamics of Photovoltaic System Design
  • Planning: the PV Project Decision Roadmap
  • Review of PV System Technologies, Components & Configurations
  • The Solar Resource and Site Assessment
  • EXERCISE: Solar Resource Comparisons
  • Site Assessment Tools: Online Tools, Solar Pathfinder, Solmetric SunEye
  • HANDS-ON TRAINING LAB: Conduct a Site Assessment
  • EXERCISE: Site Assessment Analysis
  • IFC Access & Setback Requirements
  • EXERCISE: PV System Design
  • ONLINE DESIGN TOOL DEMO: Performance Estimation

Mounting Labs, Grid-Tied PV Installation & Commissioning Lab with DC Optimizers

  • Safety Practices and Equipment
  • HANDS-ON TRAINING LABS: Rail-Based Flashing & Mounting Labs
  • HANDS-ON TRAINING LAB: Grid-Tied PV Installation & Commissioning Lab with DC Optimizers; wiring management;
  • ONLINE MONITORING DEMO: SolarEdge Monitoring Portal
  • ONLINE DESIGN TOOL DEMO: SolarEdge Designer

PV System Design, New Mounting Technologies

  • PV Module Specifications compared to the National Electrical Code (NEC)
  • PV System Three Line Wiring Diagrams
  • EXERCISE: Voltage Calculations
  • ONLINE DESIGN TOOL DEMO: String Sizing Software
  • Rapid Shutdown Requirements
  • Rail-Based versus Rail-Less Mounting Systems
  • HANDS-ON TRAINING LAB: Rail-Less Installation Lab
  • ONLINE DESIGN TOOL DEMO: Ecolibrium Solar EcoX Estimator

The NEC and PV System Inspections

  • Important Changes in the NEC
  • Field Inspection Guidelines for PV Systems
  • Inspections of PV Systems: Best and Worst Practices

Microinverters & Battery-Based PV Systems

  • Enphase Energy Microinverters & IQ Batteries
  • LAB DEMO: Microinverters & IQ Batteries
  • Update on PV Industry Growth and Dynamics
  • The Qualified Solar Pro: NABCEP Certifications
  • Implement solar PV projects from assessment to planning to design to installation to commissioning to inspection;
  • Calculate key design parameters based on the 2017 National Electrical Code;
  • Understand the design differences among string inverter PV systems, DC-optimizer based PV systems and microinverter PV systems;
  • Understand the advantages and the design parameters of the new battery-based PV systems;
  • Install new PV system mounting technology for both rail-based and rail-less designs;
  • Implement PV installation best practices including wire management;
  • Use online PV system design tools and calculators;
  • Understand PV industry trends and expectations for the future;
  • Understand licensing and certification requirements for PV industry professionals;
  • Entrepreneurs, Contractors, Builders, Roofers, and Remodelers
  • PV System Designers and Installers
  • Solar Industry Employees
  • Electricians and others skilled in the Construction Trades
  • Business Owners and Facility Managers
  • Engineers and Architects
  • Project Managers, Sales & Marketing Professionals
  • DIY Homeowners
  • Everyone else who wants to become a Solar Industry Professional

Included Materials

  • Solar Industry Catalog and Design Guide
  • ImagineSolar’s PV Workbook Binder based on the 2017 NEC
  • Guide to the 2017 NEC PV system labeling requirements

What to Bring

We recommend that you bring a water bottle, sunglasses, a hat, and sunscreen. You must wear closed-toe, closed-heel shoes. Work boots are best. Causal dress is recommended. Shorts and T-shirts are fine. Computers are not required but we do have free Wi-Fi and you may bring a computer if you like.


There are several restaurants and fast food options in the neighborhood. You are also welcome to bring your own lunches.

What we Provide

  • We will provide gloves and eye protection.
  • We will provide meters and tools.

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.

ImagineSolar operates a solar lab facility inside the The Austin Electrical Training Alliance building in Austin Texas. Hands-on training takes place indoors, outdoors, ground-level and on the top of the 4000 sqft training facility. Photovoltaic module technologies include crystalline silicon, amorphous silicon, and copper indium gallium di-selenide ranging in size from 60W to 72-cell 300W PERC modules. Inverters include grid-tied, off-grid, bi-modal hybrid, microinverter and bi-polar. Mounting system technologies include rail-based shingle and metal rooftop, rail-less shingle rooftop, and ballasted commercial flat-roof.

One of the Best Courses

“This is one of the best courses I have ever taken (30+ years as an engineer and thermographer with lots of continuing educations classes). Lots of practical information and examples – all the instructors are knowledgeable and have tons of experience in the industry.”

Complete Snapshot

“The course provided a complete ‘snapshot’ of how to work and install solar. Great presentation! Mike Kuhn’s love for solar came through his explanations, and allowed for open discussions among the class participants.”

Valuable Real-Life Experiences Conveyed

“Valuable real-life experiences conveyed to the class. Online resource is very helpful. I liked the discussions regarding application to actual installation situations.”

Wonderful Instructors

“Wonderful instructors with great information and insight into the solar industry.”

Multiple Instructors

“I enjoyed the opportunity to ask questions and especially the time taken (by each instructor) to provide a thorough response. I also like that multiple people taught the class – this allowed different perspectives to be appreciated.”

Good Mix

“Verbal and written material was very exemplary, well organized! Good mix of reading, video, problems, lab, exercise, lecture, etc.”

Very Knowledgeable Instructors

“All the instructors were very knowledgeable in all aspects of the industry. The hands-on approach was very important!”

Time to Jump In

“All questions answered, logical order, love the handouts; I was curious as to how the industry has changed in twenty years – I think it is time to jump in!”

Very Helpful and Extremely Intellectually Stimulating

“The workshop was very good overall. It was much more intense than I anticipated, but was also very helpful and extremely intellectually stimulating!”

Pathway to NABCEP Certification

“ImagineSolar provided not only a pathway to the NABCEP Certification Exam, but also in-depth installation experience on cutting-edge solar technology including AC-coupled bimodal systems, micro-inverters, dual-axis trackers, and cylindrical CIGS modules as well as traditional solar technology.”

Very Informative Workshop

“I thought the workshop was very informative. I would recommend it to everyone that is interested in learning more about solar power.”

Very Intensive and Instructive

“The workshop is very intensive and instructive. Considering the amount of material, it seemed like it was a two week workshop. The book is very explanatory and I will continue to use it for further learning.”

Very Informative

“I found the workshop very informative. There was a lot of info that was presented and it was in a way that was easy to learn and understand.”

Helped Reinforce Textbook Learning

“I feel much more confident with theory and application after this week. I had already read a good portion of the textbook previous to class, but the classroom instruction and hands on training really helped to reinforce learning.”

High Stars!

“I’ve had the chance to attend the 40-hour solar training program for Imagine Solar – – They have a great course/training program that prepares you for the NABCEP Exam which certifies you to install solar panels. The course is thorough and I’d recommend it to anyone. High stars!”

A Lot More Than Expected

“The class was certainly a lot more than I expected. I really liked the way we were introduce to the science of solar power in that we covered mathematics, theory, electrical calculation brush up, solar system layout pertaining to the earth and the sun, the advances in solar power especially in other countries (Germany, Japan) and the need to take advantage of such an abundant source. I really appreciated the opportunity to do the hands on portion with the knowledgeable instructors around especially with equipment new to us. The breaking up into groups to perform the difference phases of installations, calculations and equipment introduction was an excellent idea. All three instructors did a great job and seemed really enthused with their work. I really think that the NJATC needs to look closely at inserting some solar power training into the apprenticeship program as I can see the need for qualified and safety orientated personnel being of great demand in the future if not now.”

I learned so much more in one week

“I had studied PV quite a bit before this workshop. However, I learned so much more in one week that I will gain the cost of the workshop back in a very short time as I ramp my business into solar.”

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