Frostburg State University is offering an education program on design, installation, and maintenance of residential electric generation systems using photovoltaic (PV) solar modules and/or small wind turbines.
8-week online instruction and 2-day hands-on training prepare the participants for entry level certificate exam administered by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP). In addition, participants learn the fundamentals of wind powered small generation systems as described in the NABCEP Small Wind Installer Task Analysisi for systems under 100kW in size
During every week of the workshop, instructional materials will be posted on the course web site. The participants will have the flexibility to review the course materials and check their understanding at their own pace and schedule. In the end of the workshop, the course content will be reviewed and a cumulative assessment test will be given. Participants who complete the coursework and obtained a passing score in the online assessment test will receive a certificate of completion from the FSU Renewable Energy Center.
Participants will learn:
The basics of PV and wind generation systems, resource assessment, components of small PV and wind generation systems, setup configuration, sizing, wiring and controls,
Relevant sections of the National Electric Code (NEC), zoning regulations,building codes pertaining to P and /wind systems, interconnection requirements, available incentives
Practical experiments and demonstrations of different aspects of PV and /wind generation systems including a site visit to FSU WISE system and actual hands on set up of a small grid connected system
Prerequisite: High school diploma
Fall 2012 Dates
September 1st: Online registration starts
October 1st: Online registration ends
October 8th: Online instruction starts
November 30th: Online instruction ends
Saturday December 1st and Sunday December 2nd: Hands-on training
$1,000registration feeincludes access to online course materials, a comprehensive WISE Resource CD that wil be mailed to your address, two-day hands-on training.
Hilkat Soysal - Program Director
Department of Physics and Engineering
123 Compton Science Center
Frostburg State University
Frostburg, MD 21532