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PV 401.04 Advanced Photovoltaic Installation

Course Description

This four-day installation course offers participants an advanced level of lecture and hands-on learning as they install a permanent 5.145 kW utility-interactive ground-mounted PV system. Participants will learn about sizing, component selection, system layout, NEC calculations and requirements, and real world installation techniques.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify system components and characteristics
  • Describe system types and relevant UL IEEE and NEC issues
  • Explain the use of each component
  • Demonstrate installation techniques for systems
  • Identify code issues
  • Install the PV array
  • Install the Balance of System (BOS)
  • Explain commissioning protocol
  • Explain system completion checkout
  • Demonstrate system inspection
  • Identify common mistakes

Course Instructor: 

Craig Buttke, North Wind Renewable Energy

Required Course Materials:

  • Notepad
  • Pencil or pen
  • Calculator
  • Lunch
  • Personal Safety Glasses
  • Personal Hearing Protection
  • Work gloves
  • Close-toe boots or shoes
  • Long sleeve shirt and pants
  • Text: NEC 2011
  • Text: Photovoltaic Systems

Continuing Education Units:

  • NABCEP recognizes advanced-level training by ISPQ Accredited training organizations to meet NABCEP CE requirements. MREA is an ISPQ accredited training organization. See or contact NABCEP at 800-654-0021 for more details on recertification.


  • PV 301 Photovoltaic Design and Installation Lab or PV 701 Photovoltaic Technology Instructor Institute or comparable training from an ISPQ accredited training institute (please email Chris at if you have comparable experience to discuss details)

Site Logistics:

Erin Schneider, the site owner, has put together some information about local accommodations.

Being an Individual Membership gets you $20 off of each course. Not a member, but want to be? Simply go to the membership page to become one.

July 8th, 2013 9:00 AM   through   July 11th, 2013 5:00 PM
S850 Hiedrich Rd
Hilltop Community Farm, LLC
LaValle, WI 53941
United States

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Phone: 715-592-6595
Non-Member Price $ 850.00
Member Price $ 830.00

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