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Solar PV Design and Installation Basics

Based on the ten objectives contained in the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) Entry Level Program, this 40-hour class covers the basics of designing and installing both a grid-tied system and an off-grid system with battery backup.The course will cover system costs, NYSERDA, state and federal incentives and rebates, net metering and all system components including thin-film sheets and crystal panels, inverters, wiring, connections, roof and ground mounting options and hardware, battery backup and chargers and output monitoring devices.

Our instructors are able to give a "real world" view of the solar industry and answer your questions from their work experience. The equipment used in the class is in working order and of the latest technology. You will receive a manual and CD study guide to review curriculum and answer questions with practice tests for the NABCEP Entry level exam.  Students will be prepared to take the NABCEP Entry Level Exam. Participants will earn a Pace University Certificate of Completion.

Click here for the Spring 2016 information session and course schedule.

You Will Learn To

  • Adapt the design to a specific site
  • Understand both grid-tied and off-grid systems
  • Maintain and troubleshoot the system
  • Understand the national electric code

Who Should Enroll

  • Electricians
  • Homeowners
  • Contractors
  • Others who have an interest in Solar PV and wish to learn the basics of designing and installing a PV system.

*Participants must have a basic knowledge of electricity and must possess the ability work with hand tools.

Prerequisite: Electricity Basics for Solar PV Design and Installation Basics*

This 40 hour class requires fundamental electrical knowledge. A 12 hour prerequisite course Electricity Basics for Solar PV Design and Installation must be taken prior to attending the Solar PV Design and Installation class. This two day course will run in the weeks prior to the Solar PV Design and Installation class and will be prepared to successfully participate in the Solar Photo Voltaic Design and Installation Course.

*Licensed electricians and electrical engineers are not required to take this course.

Information Session Coming Soon

We hope you can spend a hour of your time with us as we walk you through what you will learn, how to register, and answer any important questions. Plus, by attending an information session you will receive a tuition discount!

Earn $100 off the cost of tuition just by attending one of our information sessions!

Pace University Downtown Campus
163 William Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY

Spring 2016 Course Schedule

Pace University Downtown
One Pace Plaza
New York, NY

March 19 - April 16, 2016
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Tuition: $1,500
Course#: 90413

Class Status: CLOSED

**Bill Me Later is NOT a payment option. Please call for assistance.**


Please contact Corey Getchell  at (212) 346-1164 or