Sustainable Technology - Solar Training Center

Now is the time to get started in this ground breaking industry.

Solar Training Centers train and certify individuals to the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) instructional criteria and credentials.

Greenville Technical College has been established as a South Carolina Solar Training Center, teaching NABCEB Entry Level skills. Gene Wilson and Ed Abraham have been Solar Train the Trainer qualified to lead the charge into the new "Green Jobs" for South Carolina to help move America into a more Sustainable future.

Solar Technician Certificate

Our Solar Certificate in Applied Science program prepares students to appropriately size and recommend solar energy system types for specific situations. Students will also be prepared for practical application of the installation protocol for photovoltaic and solar domestic hot water systems. Courses may also be taken individually, and registration through the continuing education division does not require going through the college admissions process.
    

Program courses

SOL 120 Solar Energy Technology Basics
(Equivalent CE Course Code: ROG655)

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. Prerequisites: SOL 101 or equivalent.

SOL 201 Solar Photovoltaic Systems
(Equivalent CE Course Code: ROG651)

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. Prerequisite: SOL 120 or equivalent.

SOL 202 Solar Thermal Systems
(Equivalent CE Course Code: ROG654)

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. Prerequisite: SOL 120 or equivalent.

SOL 220 Solar Photovoltaic Design and Installation
(Equivalent CE Course Code: ROG653)

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. Prerequisite: SOL 120 or equivalent.

SOL 230 Solar Thermal Design and Installation
(Equivalent CE Course Code: ROG658)

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. Prerequisite: SOL 202 or equivalent.