Academics

    SOL

    SOL 101  Solar Building Fundamentals  (3-0-3)
    Offered Fall Semester
    Prerequisite:  Placement into MAT 101 and ENG 165
    This course is an introduction to building materials, fundamental building techniques, and building systems specific to the solar industry.

    SOL 120  Basic Solar Energy Technology  (3-0-3)
    Offered Spring Semester
    Prerequisites:  SOL 101 (or Building Science Qualifying Exam) and MAT 101
    This course is a study of the fundamental concepts of solar energy and systems, site assessment, electrical and thermal energy, energy storage, return on investment, and licensing requirements. Additional topics include relevant codes, permitting, orientation, solar irradiance, energy analysis, active and passive solar systems and their appropriate uses for residential and light commercial applications. 

    SOL 201  Solar Photovoltaic Systems  (3-3-4)
    Offered Summer Semester
    Prerequisite:  SOL 120 or equivalent
    This course studies the installation and connections of solar photovoltaic (PV) components in residential or light commercial field applications. Students will be required to perform code compliant installations in field-simulated conditions and will design and install two complete solar PV systems during the lab portion of this class. Some strenuous activities will be required to complete this course. Students must have the ability to lift 50 pounds and work above ground level to install solar systems.  

    SOL 202  Solar Thermal Systems  (3-3-4)
    Offered Summer Semester
    Prerequisite:  SOL 120 or equivalent
    This course is a study of entry-level solar thermal concepts to include solar panel types and methods, as well as pump controls, sizing, connections, and installation. Students will be required to design and install two complete solar thermal systems during the lab portion of this class. Some strenuous activities will be required to complete this course. Students must have the ability to lift 50 pounds and work above ground level to install solar systems.

    SOL 220  Solar Photovoltaic Design and Installation  (3-3-4)
    Offered Fall Semester
    Prerequisite:  SOL 120 or equivalent
    This course is a study of solar photovoltaic (PV) specific design, code compliance, sizing calculations, cost analysis, inverter applications, safety issues, and associated component selections. Students will be required to perform two solar PV installations as part of the class coverage. Students will be required to purchase and utilize their own tools and small components to assist them in the solar industry.

    SOL 230  Solar Thermal Design and Installation  (3-3-4)
    Offered Fall Semester
    Prerequisite:  SOL 202 or equivalent
    This course is a study of solar thermal specific design, cost analysis, and installation requirements. Students will be required to perform two thermal installs as part of their lab work. Students should be prepared to purchase tools and equipment necessary to perform thermal installs. The ability to climb and lift equipment and solar components is required.