Sustainable Technology - Solar Training Center

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

The solar industry is adding workers at a rate nearly 20 times faster than the overall economy, growing an astonishing 86% in the past five years! Training at Greenville Technical College in this high growth industry ranges from an 18-month Solar Technician Certificate program to standalone professional development courses that can be completed in less than 100 hours. Students who complete at least 80 hours of training are eligible to take the North American Board of Energy Professionals (NABCEP) Solar Entry Level Exam.

Greenville Technical College has been established as a South Carolina Solar Training Center, teaching North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) Entry Level skills. Solar Training Centers train and certify individuals to the NABCEP instructional criteria and credentials. Two of our instructors 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 as credit courses or through the continuing education division (see next section). Registration for continuing education courses do not require going through the college admissions process.
    

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.

Continuing education options

COURSES:

Solar Energy Technology Basics (SOL 120 Blended)      
Course Code:  ROG 655          Fee: $449     Course Length:  45 hours
Friday afternoons, Saturday and online
January 8 - 30, 2016  or  February 12 - March 5, 2016

If you are new to the field, start here!  In blended classroom and online format, this course includes fundamental concepts of solar energy and systems, site assessment, electrical and thermal energy, energy storage, return on investment and licensing requirements.

 

Solar Photovoltaic Systems (SOL 201 Blended)  
Course Code:  ROG 709          Fee: $699     Course Length:  96 hours
Friday afternoons, Saturday and online
January 4 - February 1, 2016  or  April 8 - June 4, 2016

This intermediate level course studies the installation and connections of solar photovoltaic (PV) components in residential or light commercial field applications. Students will design and install two complete solar PV systems during the class. Some strenuous activities required; must have the ability to lift 50 pounds and work above ground level.
PREREQUISITE:  SOL 120 or prior work experience in a related field 

 

Solar Photovoltaic Design and Installation (SOL 220)     
Course Code:  ROG 653          Fee: $699     Course Length:  78 hours
Next session starts September, 2016

An advanced exploration of solar photovoltaic (PV) specific design, code compliance, sizing calculations, cost analysis, inverter applications, safety, and component selections.
PREREQUISITE:  SOL 220 or prior work experience in a related field