The first challenge when entering the renewable energy industry is understanding how to design and install projects. These articles are dedicated to teaching you the basics of how to design and install solar PV, solar thermal, and geothermal projects.

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Click here to learn what is NABCEP and wether or not you should need to get the certification. If you’re serious about the solar industry and you want to get the NABCEP Certification, but you need to understand how exactly to apply, you can read more about getting the NABCEP Certification here.

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A Review of Solar and Geothermal Certifications, Licenses and Permitting
Solar Thermal Design and Installation Guide

Solar PV Design and Installation Guide
How to Design a Solar PV Array and Estimate Power Production
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Five Questions about Hydronic Heat Sources

The following is an excerpt from a course discussion board post in HeatSpring’s Mastering Hydronic System Design Course with John Siegenthaler.

About the Instructor:

John Siegenthaler is a licensed professional engineer, a mechanical engineer, Professor Emeritus of Engineering Technology at Mohawk Valley Community College, a Hall of Fame member of the Radiant Professionals Alliance and graduate of […]

3 Tax and ITC Considerations for Your Solar Project

In the article below, Chris Lord discusses three important solar tax and solar investment tax credit (ITC) considerations with students in our Solar Executive MBA Training. Chris Lord teaches Solar Executive MBA Training with Keith Cronin.

Both Chris Lord and Keith Cronin have deep expertise at the highest levels of solar business and are committed to being hands-on […]

3 Reasons Your PV System Load Profile is Overinflated and How to Fix It

The article below is a discussion from our course, Batteries in Solar PV Systems, led by Christopher LaForge. Christopher LaForge is the CEO of Great Northern Solar and a NABCEP certified photovoltaic installer. He has been designing, specifying, and installing systems since 1988.


The Energy Master Program is a great tool to work out a design for […]

Understand the Key Grounding and Bonding Standards for Commercial Solar PV Projects in Less Than 30 Minutes

What are the differences between grounding and bonding in solar design? What are the most recent codes? Where are the codes headed? What are some of the changes that have happened? What does it mean for you and your installations?

In this free 20-minute video lesson, Ryan Mayfield identifies the key 2014 NEC code sections for PV […]

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AC Coupling – How to Cost Effectively Add Battery Back-up to Existing Grid-Tied Solar PV systems

This is a guest article by Chris LaForge.

Chris is teaching an in-depth 6-week technical training on designing battery based solar PV systems that starts in September. You can read the full description and get a limited-time discount here. If you need to learn how to design, quote, and commission a battery based solar PV array, […]