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Choosing a Solar Installer 101

The U.S. is growing in residential and commercial solar PV installations – and fast. If you’re a home or business owner, owning and paying for a solar PV system is easier than ever, but there are guidelines for potential solar PV owners to make the process successful – starting with who you choose to install your PV system. When you enter solar installer search criteria into your search engine you’ll get a long list to choose from. So how can a home or business owner tell who is, or isn’t, a competent professional installation company?

First, at least one person with the contracting company must be a licensed general contractor or licensed electrical contractor to legally write a contract for the PV installation. Also, it’s a good bet that if an installation company has been in business for a few years, they’ll have at least one NABCEP Certified Installation Professional on their team. A NABCEP Certified Installation Professional has been through many hours of advanced solar training, has experience installing and designing PV systems, and has passed a demanding nationally recognized exam. Ask questions. Reputable solar installation companies won’t mind answering them.

The solar training an installer gets can mean the difference between a qualified, competent installation professional and an installer who is less qualified, or just out for the money. Ask the company representative where they received their solar installation or solar sales training.

A solar training program that is IREC Accredited, or a trainer who is IREC Certified as a Master Trainer has achieved the highest level of quality and excellence in the solar industry today.  If the team you’re interested in isn’t NABCEP certified, it’s a good idea to make sure they were trained in an IREC Accredited program, or by an IREC Certified Master Trainer.

Of course, there is also word-of-mouth. Join Facebook solar groups where you can ask other PV system owners about their experiences. Solar is a long-term investment in your home, your business, your future and your family.  Doing your homework before contracting with a solar PV installation company could mean the difference between an installation that is reliable or one that requires expensive troubleshooting.

Leigh Hamilton
Solairgen School of Solar Technology

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Solairgen Announces PV-221 Advanced Design and Analysis Training


Solairgen, a leading national solar PV installation training organization is pleased to announce its new solar training class, PV-221 Online Advanced Design and Analysis.

Dahlonega, Georgia (Vocus/PRWEB)February 04, 2011 — Solairgen’s Online PV-221 Advanced installer training class covers PV system performance analysis, in-depth troubleshooting, and system integration. It provides the student with a thorough understanding of advanced PV system technology, giving the PV designer an understanding of all parameters affecting a system’s performance. The class provides its students with the ability to design larger arrays, or commercial systems, with competence.

Mr. Kelly Provence, Solairgen’s CEO, said, “We are excited about offering PV-221 online. Our goal is not just to bring skilled career individuals into the solar market through our introductory training class, PV201 Online Design and Installation. We saw a gap in training, between introductory classes and those individuals who want to include solar installations in their long-term career path. We bridge that gap by providing students with superior skills as PV system designers. Our students get in the industry, stay in the industry, and achieve a greater degree of expertise for larger, more complex commercial system design and installation.”

About Solairgen:
Solairgen provides photovoltaic (PV) panel installation training classes for the solar energy industry through a complete program of NABCEP approved installation training courses, beginning with its IREC/ISPQ Accredited PV-201 Online Design and Installation training. Next, Solairgen’s PV-203 is an advanced, forty hour solar training class covering advanced topics of solar installation.  Additional classes offered by Solairgen are PV-311, NABCEP Exam Prep – an intensive study class to help students pass the NABCEP Certification Exams. Solairgen is also an approved provider of the NABCEP Entry Level Achievement Exam, and provides NABCEP approved classes that meet NABCEP’s training requirements for the PV Technical Sales Exam and the Certified PV Installer Exam.

Taking Solairgen’s full program, PV-203 System Design and Installation, PV-221 Advanced Design and Analysis and PV-311 NABCEP Exam Prep prepares students to pass the NABCEP Certified PV Installer or PV Technical Sales Certification exams – and to excel in the solar industry.

Please check Solairgen’s website for training class dates and times by following the link: Solar Training Classes

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Five Things You Should Look For In A Solar Training Course

As time goes on, more and more people are starting to look for alternative means of power for their homes. Some consumers are simply tired of the rising costs of energy, some are driven by a desire to reduce our carbon footprint on the planet – almost all are motivated by both reasons.

Solar panel installation is growing in popularity as a career and the job market for technicians with solar training certification is growing along with it. So, the proper training, from introductory classes to advanced education and career preparation is critical for a successful career. Does anyone really want an installer without the best training and expertise to tie new technology into their home’s power grid without specialized training?

Since now is a great time to get into the Solar Energy market, here are the minimum criteria to look for from a training provider to get the best possible training in the industry:

1. Research the training provider and their classes. All Solar Training courses should be fully accredited by IREC/ISPQ.

2. The class you choose should provide students with hands-on training at an IREC accredited training facility.

3. The instructors should have many years of experience in Solar Panel Installation, and be NABCEP Certified Installers themselves.

4. The training company should have a good reputation. If possible, get references from those who took their classes and have “made it” in the solar energy industry.

5. The company should have a long history of training technicians and installers, and be well known within the solar training industry.

If they meet all five tests, then you will have found a Solar Training provider that you can trust.

You should check your state’s laws for contractors’ requirements. Some states have specific laws or certification requirements for solar power installers to meet. Most states require the participation of a fully licensed electrician during the installation process.