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Intro to System Advisor Model (SAM) (PV 430.02) ONLINE

Intro to System Advisor Model (SAM) (PV 430) ONLINE

Ended Oct 16, 2023

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Prerequisite(s): PV 101 or NABCEP credential 
Total Course Hours: 5 

Course Instructor: Paul Gilman


Course Description: This five-hour course introduces participants to the System Advisor Model (SAM). SAM is a free software for techno-economic modeling of renewable energy projects provided by the U.S. Department of Energy National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and is used by project developers, system designers, researchers, and others involved in making technical and financial decisions about renewable energy projects.  


Participants will work through examples of a residential/commercial rooftop PV system and cover assumptions for system design, retail electricity rates, and building loads, and analyze model results such as performance ratio, net present value (NPV), and payback period.  


Live Zoom sessions with instructor Paul Gilman are Fridays 12:00 -1:30 pm CT (9/29, 10/6) & 12-12:30 pm CT (10/13). Attendance is not required but is highly encouraged to get the most from the course, since SAM will be demonstrated in real-time. Sessions will be recorded for those who cannot attend. 


A completion certificate is issued when the coursework is submitted on or before the end date and the two assignments have received passing grades. 



Approved for Continuing Education By: NABCEP 

This course is approved by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) for the following credentials, certifications, categories, and hours: 

  • 4 PV Installation Professional Exam (JTA)  

  • 4 PV Commissioning & Maintenance Specialist Exam (JTA) 

  • 4 PV Technical Sales Professional Exam (JTA) 

  • 4 PVIP Recertification (JTA & RE Elective) 

  • 4 PVDS Recertification (RE Elective) 

  • 4 PVIS Recertification (RE Elective) 

  • 4 PVCMS Recertification (JTA & RE Elective)

  • 4 PVTS Recertification (JTA & RE Elective) 

  • 4 SHI Recertification (RE Elective) 

  • 4 PV Associate Renewal 


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