PV 201 (PV Site Assessment)
The Site Assessment Certificate Program is a program of the MREA offered through the Illinois Solar Energy Association (ISEA), a recognized training provider. The MREA/ISEA Site Assessment Certificate Program trains individuals to provide site-specific renewable energy assessment and consumer education. Since August of 2012, the PV Site Assessment Certificate Program has been accredited by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC).
The MREA /ISEA Site Assessor Certificate provides skills training needed by professionals engaging consumers in renewable energy systems for their homes and businesses. Site assessors evaluate the energy consumption of a household or business, as well as the solar or wind resource at the location. They help clients understand system options and their benefits. They work with clients to recommend the site and size of the solar or wind system that will best fit their needs. Site assessors also estimate system production and identify the cost, incentives, and financing options available.
Participants in this eight-hour course will learn how to perform a PV site assessment for a home or small business. The course will cover site assessment tools, load analysis, energy efficiency recommendations, array placement options, basic system sizing, cost estimates, and evaluating existing infrastructure on site. Participants will learn how to access online tools for solar resource analysis, PV system performance calculators, and incentives.
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
• Use site assessment tools
• Size a PV system
• Recommend a PV system type to meet a home or owner's goals
• Identify and recommend steps for energy efficiency
• Perform a load analysis
• Identify and recommend array placement options
• Quantify the solar resource
• Provide a general cost estimate
• Write a PV site assessment report
• Use web-based performance calculators
• Provide installer and equipment vendor information
Basic PV (PV 101) or equivalent
For ISEA members: $265
For non-members: $295*
*You can become an ISEA Individual Member for $45 a year to receive the member rate, in addition to other membership benefits. Learn more by clicking here.
Fees must be paid PRIOR to attending the class.
**PLEASE BRING A LUNCH**
This course requires an additional $75 fee per practice report (two required) for the Certificate.
PV 101 is a prerequisite for this course.
Please bring your laptop with you to class as all of the course work will be online.