Solar PV


The U.S. Solar industry achieved another record year in 2014, growing by 34% over 2013 to install nearly 7,000 megawatts (MW) of solar electric capacity. Within the photovoltaic (PV) sector, over 6,200 MW of capacity was installed, led by the residential and utility segments, which grew by 51% and 38%, respectively. The concentrating solar power segment enjoyed its largest year ever with 767 MW of capacity installed. Together, the solar industry istalled 32% of all new electricity generating capacity in the U.S. – second only to natural gas. This growth is expected to continue, with an additional 20,000 MW of solar capacity projected over the next two years.

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Last Chance – NABCEP Recertification Requirements to Increase December 31

Time is running out to get your continuing education requirements completed before NABCEP increases the hours requirements on January 1, 2020. Current CEU requirements for the PV Installation Professional Certification are 18 hours, the new requirements will increase to a total of 30 hours.

A quick lesson from NABCEP instructor Sean White: Elementary math: 30 hours […]

December 3rd, 2019|Categories: Certification, NABCEP, Solar Design & Installation||

Interested in Offering Energy Storage? Demand is High, Prices Dropping

California’s recent public safety power shutoffs have sparked a sometimes desperate demand for batteries from utility customers who want backup power.

That has helped lower battery prices, making them more affordable for homeowners and businesses, says Sean White, instructor for HeatSpring’s NABCEP PV Certification Exam Prep and CEU Hours courses.

The most recent blackouts, by […]

3 Step Tool: Find your NABCEP CEU Requirements and Training Hours

Are you a NABCEP Certified professional? I am excited to introduce a new tool to help you sort through NABCEP’s new requirements for recertification continuing education (CEU hours), then see your course options to fulfill those training requirements.

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To use this tool start here and follow the 3 steps:

Select a NABCEP Certification or credentialReview […]

November 13th, 2019|Categories: Certification, Megawatt Design, NABCEP, Solar, Solar Design & Installation, Solar Plus Storage||

Free 2020 NEC Training for NABCEP Solar PV CEU Credit

The 2020 NEC has just been released and you should know all about it! Our new course Photovoltaics and the 2020 National Electric Code (NEC)  will be FREE for the rest of the year.

This course is approved for 2 hours of NABCEP CE and prerequisite credit. You will receive a digital certificate of completion with […]

October 16th, 2019|Categories: Certification, Free Courses, NABCEP, Solar Design & Installation, Solar Plus Storage||

Three Solar Industry Trends for Beginners–and Some Important Perspective on Them

If you’re new to the solar industry, you should keep an eye on three trends, says Sean White, instructor of HeatSpring’s 58-hour NABCEP Advanced Solar PV Training Series.

With prices of solar and energy storage dropping, it’s easy to get caught up in hype, or confused by ever-changing regulations, he says. In his course, White alerts […]

September 20th, 2019|Categories: Certification, Solar Design & Installation, Solar Sales & Marketing||