KCC offers a Solar-Photovoltaic certificate and specialization track in the Electrical Technology program.
The Introduction to Solar-Photovoltaic Technology course, ELTR 2334, explores the design, installation and use of solar-photovoltaic power systems for consumer and commercial applications. Students will receive hands-on lab experience, sizing, installing and maintaining solar-photovoltaic electrical generating systems.
The solar-photovoltaic course prepares students:
- For entry-level work as a designer, installer, troubleshooter, and maintenance technician for solar-photovoltaic power systems.
- To perform successfully on the NABCEP PV Entry Level Exam.
- To perform successfully on the MREA PV Solar Site Assessment Certificate Exam.
North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners certification is the gold standard for photovoltaic and solar heating installation. NABCEP is the most respected, well-established, and widely recognized certification organization for North American solar professionals in the field of renewable energy.
At the end of the photovoltaic course, students will take the NABCEP PV Entry Level Exam. Passing the NABCEP PV Entry Level Exam demonstrates basic knowledge of the fundamental principles of the application, design, installation and operation of photovoltaic systems.
MREA site assessment certificate
The Midwest Renewable Energy Association site assessment certificate is a valuable credential that establishes an entry-level competency valuable to renewable energy employers. It serves as an add-on certificate to other principle skills or credentials in the green jobs industry, including systems design, installation, sales, finance, research, and policy.
Site assessors evaluate the energy consumption of a household or business, as well as the solar or wind resource at the location. They help clients understand system options and their benefits and recommend the site and size of the solar or wind systems. Site assessors also estimate system production and identify the cost, incentives, and financing options available.