Calhoun to Offer Solar Course


The Alabama Center for Excellence in Clean Energy Technology (ACECET)  at Calhoun Community College is offering a 40-hour course for those interested in learning the basics of Solar Photovoltaic Design and Installation.  The class will be offered in three Friday/Saturday sessions (February 10, 11, 17, 18, and 24th with the exam on the 25th).

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.

Major categories include PV Markets and Application; Safety Basics; Electricity Basics; Solar Energy Fundamentals; PV Module Fundamentals; System Components; PV System Sizing; PV System Electrical Design; PV System Mechanical Design; and Performance Analysis.

This class will be offered to select individuals at no cost for those who qualify for a scholarship.  If the class is not filled, others may attend at a cost of $500.

Scholarship Criteria:

The ACECET grant is written with an emphasis on providing training and financial assistance to the following people:

  • Dislocated Workers (Laid-off or terminated/will not return to previous occupation)
  • Incumbent Workers (Currently employed/will use training to enhance skills in current field)
  • Workers impacted by the National Energy and Environmental Policy
  • Individuals in need of updated training related to the Renewable Energy industry
  • Individuals impacted by automotive-related restructuring
Click here to find out more information and register!

For additional information, contact: Jerry Adams at 256-306-2642 or email:  

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.

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