Calhoun to Offer Course in Basic Solar PV Design & Installation and Building Analyst Professional Training
Basic Solar PV Design and Installation Course
The Alabama Center for Excellence in Clean Energy Technology at Calhoun Community College is offering a 40-hour course for those interested in learning the basics of Solar Photovoltaic Design and Installation. Class dates will be August 10, 11, 17, 18, 24. The exam will be offered after class on the 24th.
This class targets the individual seeking entry level knowledge in the rapidly growing field of electricity generated from the sun. The course content covers principles and design of photovoltaic (PV) systems. Upon completion of the course, students should have demonstrated a basic understanding of PV markets and applications; safety basics; electrical and mechanical design; performance analysis; and maintenance and troubleshooting. This course is designed to prepare the student to take the NABCEP PV entry level exam. Though highly recommended, taking the exam is not a mandatory requirement of the course.
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Building Analyst Professional Training
The Alabama Center for Clean Energy Technologies at Calhoun Community College is offering Building Analyst (BPI BA) Professional Training Monday-Friday, August 6-10 (Friday reserved for field exams).
This training covers the basics of building science, diagnostic equipment usage, proper improvement techniques, and health and safety protocols. Instruction will include classroom, hands-on demonstration, and in-field practice. Students will learn to use the blower door, duct leakage tester, and combustion safety test equipment. Course instruction will equip students to challenge the BPI computer and field exams. Material covered will go beyond what is required for the exams to prepare students to ascend the energy efficiency career ladder.
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The Alabama Center for Excellence in Clean Energy Technologies is funded by a $3.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The grant represents 64% of the total project funding.