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PV201e: Principles of Solar PV System Design & Installation

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PV201e: Principles of Solar PV System Design & Installation


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This course is designed to teach the principles of solar design and installation. It is suited for individuals who want to gain the knowledge needed to work on solar projects, or in the solar industry. Completion of this course prepares individuals to sit for the NABCEP PV Associate Exam.  A PV Associate credential benefits individuals by informing employers, customers, and other stakeholders that an individual has knowledge of the fundamental principles of application, design, installation, and operation of photovoltaic energy systems.

Course Description PDF

The learning materials include:

webinars, slide sets, instructional videos, downloadable materials for offline study, exercises, 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 the NABCEP PV Associate Exam.

Recommended Prerequisite:

There are no recommended prerequisites for our solar technologies course.

Benefits of taking an online solar course:

  • The price includes James Dunlop’s Photovoltaic Systems Textbook 3rd Edition.
  • Immediately access the course upon registration.
  • Work through the learning materials at your own pace.
  • 12 months of access
  • Ability to watch videos and review content as many times as you want.
  • Participate in Online LIVE instructor support (more details below).

Sample Lecture Video

The course outline follows the format of the Photovoltaic Systems textbook.  The course begins by introducing solar terms, uses, and components. As the course moves forward, you will begin to understand more complex concepts such as solar system design, analysis, and installation. By the end of this course, you will have an in-depth understanding of what solar is, how it works, and where it can be implemented.

  • Course Introduction
  • Math Formulas and Conversions
  • Lesson 1: PV Markets and Applications (JTA Domain I: Application)
  • Lesson 2: Working Safely with PV Systems (JTA Domain I: Application, JTA Domain IV: Installation)
  • Lesson 3: Basics of Electricity and Photovoltaics (JTA Domain III: Design)
  • Lesson 4: Solar Energy Fundamentals and the Solar Resource (JTA Domain III: Design)
  • Lesson 5: Site Surveys and Preplanning
  • Lesson 6: PV System Components and Configurations (JTA Domain III: Design)
  • Lesson 7: PV Cells, Modules and Arrays (JTA Domain III: Design, JTA Domain IV: Installation)
  • Lesson 8: Batteries (JTA Domain III: Design, JTA Domain IV: Installation)
  • Lesson 9: Charge Controllers (JTA Domain III: Design, JTA Domain IV: Installation)
  • Lesson 10: Inverters (JTA Domain III: Design, JTA Domain IV: Installation)
  • Lesson 11: PV System Sizing Principles (JTA Domain III: Design)
  • Lesson 12: PV System Mechanical Design and Integration (JTA Domain III: Design, JTA Domain IV: Installation)
  • Lesson 13: PV System Electrical Design and Integration (JTA Domain III: Design, JTA Domain IV: Installation)
  • Lesson 14: Commissioning, Performance Analysis, Maintenance and Troubleshooting (JTA Domain IV: Installation, JTA Domain V: Maintenance and Operation)
  • Lesson 15: Sales and Economics (JTA Domain II: Sales and Economics)
  • PV Associate Exam Prep

Depending on your level of knowledge before starting the course, it may be completed with 18-40 hours of study time.

Will I still have access to the course once I complete it?

If you completed the course before your 12 months of access has expired (starts on the purchase date), then yes, you will still have access to review all of the learning materials as many times as you need.

This online solar course is designed for individuals or companies interested in beginning or supplementing their career in the solar industry. The following people can benefit from this course:

  • Property Owners, Business Owners, and Facility Managers
  • Electricians, Engineers, and Architects
  • Entrepreneurs, Sales & Marketing professionals
  • Contractors, Builders, and Remodelers
  • Students (business/engineering degrees) pursuing a renewable energy career
  • Anyone who wants to become a solar professional

ImagineSolar has trained thousands of individuals who have gone on to be an integral part of the solar industry. Our solar course teaches best practices using the most current technologies and methods for the solar industry. Our online 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.

The special Online LIVE Topic Sessions are an optional support resource for our online solar training program, giving participants a place to interact with instructors, ask questions, work problems, and discuss course material

Online LIVE Sessions

Online LIVE Sessions will be held on Sundays from 4pm to 5pm CST on the following dates using the application named GoToMeeting.

  • December 10, 2017
  • January 14, 2018
  • January 28, 2018
  • February 11, 2018
  • February 25, 2018
  • March 11, 2018
  • March 25, 2018
  • April 8, 2018
  • April 22, 2018
  • May 6, 2018
  • May 20, 2018
  • June 3, 2018

Our online solar courses use 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.


Access our online courses from a web browser on your PC/tablet/notepad. Windows and Apple devices are both supported.

Minimum Browser for using Moodle:

  • Firefox 4
  • Internet Explorer
  • Safari 5
  • Google Chrome 11
  • Opera 9

The operating system is not important.

Browser Settings and Plug-ins:

  • Java Runtime Environment 1.4 or higher with the following settings:
    • 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.

For 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.

Our Online LIVE Sessions are accessed through GoToMeeting. The first time that you join GoToMeeting from a computer, you will be prompted to run the Citrix Launcher. For mobile devices, you will download a free app from the relevant app store.

Equipment Requirements for ImagineSolar Online LIVE Sessions:

  • Internet connection (broadband is best)
  • Microphone and speakers (built-in or USB headset)
  • Computer or Mobile Device:
    • Windows computer
    • Mac computer
    • iOS device (iPod, iPad, iPhone) with free GoToMeeting App from App Store
    • Android device with free GoToMeeting App from Google Play Store
    • Windows 8 & Windows RT mobile device with free GoToMeeting App from Windows Store

Most computers have built-in microphones and speakers, but you will get much better audio quality if you use a headset or handset. You can also make calls on your landline or mobile device.

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