Certification Prep

“Does this credential give me what I need to get into this field?” That’s by far the most common question we get from people interested in clean energy training. People are busy, money is tight, and no matter how bad they want to learn the information, students want a meaningful credential to show for the time they spend in the classroom.

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Protecting Firefighters and Solar Homes with Rapid Shutdown During Wildfire Season

When Sean White meets firefighters, he often asks what they do if they encounter solar homes during wildfires. Do they rush to protect the homes?

In the past, the answer was no, says White, instructor of HeatSpring’s 40-Hour NABCEP Advanced PV Certification and CEUs course. He’s the author of numerous books about solar and was the […]

New Standards Aim to Ensure Storage is Safe But Fail to Distinguish Among Battery Chemistries

A lithium-ion battery in a container near Phoenix owned by Arizona Public Service (APS) caught fire in April 2019, then other batteries in the container caught fire, releasing explosive gas and sparking an explosion that hurt several first responders.

Such battery fires, prompted by high temperatures resulting from mechanical failure, damage to the batteries or short […]

October 14th, 2020|Categories: Certification, NABCEP, Solar Design & Installation, Solar Plus Storage||

Democratizing Solar Energy with an ITC Refund

The solar industry is lobbying for measures to move solar energy forward during the ongoing pandemic and financial crisis–measures that could help bring solar to more people in the U.S., boost the economy and help meet greenhouse gas reduction goals.

The industry hopes Congress, in its efforts to create a new stimulus package, will pass some […]

October 14th, 2020|Categories: Certification, Solar Business Growth, Solar Finance, Solar Sales & Marketing||

Re-Thinking Wire Sizing Rules of Thumb for Solar PV

For many years, the solar industry has followed rules of thumb about oversizing wires to reduce energy losses in solar PV systems.

The rules of thumb call for the PV industry to oversize wires to ensure no more than a 2% voltage drop when transmitting power across conductors. As the energy is transmitted across conductors, power […]

September 24th, 2020|Categories: Certification, Megawatt Design, NABCEP, Solar Design & Installation||

The Quiet Revolution: Solar-Plus-Storage Gains Ground

In some parts of the country, the costs of solar-plus-storage are beating grid prices, which is good news for the solar industry and the environment.

For example, in Nevada, regulators in 2019 approved three solar-plus-storage power purchase agreements (PPA) for  Berkshire Hathaway Energy ranging from $31/MWh to $37/MWh. In comparison, levelized prices for grid power now […]

September 15th, 2020|Categories: Certification, NABCEP, Solar Business Growth, Solar Design & Installation, Solar Plus Storage, Uncategorized||