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Basic Photovoltaics (23 PV 101.04) - ONLINE

Time limit: 30 days

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Full course description

Prerequisites: None 
Total Course Hours: 8 

Time to Complete: 30 days 

Instructor: Jenny Heinzen 




This is the first of the three courses required if you are pursuing your NABCEP PV Associate Credential.



Course Description: This eight-hour course addresses and explores the basics of solar electricity. Participants will learn how photovoltaic (PV) cells, panels, and systems work, compare and contrast different PV system types (grid-tied or battery-based), identify system components, and understand the best applications for each system type.   


Other topics covered include power and energy calculations, conservation and efficiency, solar resource terminology, basic PV system sizing methods, mounting options, and financial considerations like net metering policies, tax credits, and incentive programs. Students can work through recorded presentations and exercises at their own pace. If the coursework is finished within 30 days, a completion certificate is issued.  


Office Hours are available Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12-1 p.m. CT via Zoom. This time is available for you to ask questions and talk to an instructor in real time if desired.



Approved for Continuing Education by the Wisconsin Department of Safety & Professional Services (DSPS) for 7.5 Credit Hours for the following licenses: 

  • Commercial Electrical Inspector 
  • Dwelling Contractor Qualifier
  • Journeyman Electrician (including Industrial & Residential)
  • Master Electrician (including Residential)
  • Registered Electrician
  • UDC-Electrical Inspector


Why Get NABCEP Certified?
It's hard knowing where to start in the PV Industry. MREA's NABCEP training helps ease the way. NABCEP Credentials like the PV Associate (in the center of the Career Pathways) are designed to prepare people for careers in the renewable energy industry. For many people, this is the first step toward working in the PV Industry.


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