Solar Energy Training
Online Solar Energy Training
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Join California’s Booming Solar Energy Industry

Are you interested in building a career in the solar industry? SDSU Global Campus is offering an online entry-level Solar Energy Training course that is designed to empower you with the knowledge and foundational skills needed for success in the solar industry.

As you explore the world of solar photovoltaics (PV), discover the many environmental and economic benefits they bring—including growth factors like government policies and environmental concerns and the decreasing cost of solar panels.

Review and grasp fundamental components of solar PV systems such as panels, inverters, controllers, and batteries, and how they work together to efficiently capture, convert, and store solar energy.

During your PV training, you will gain a deeper understanding of electrical basics and safety protocols to ensure a safe working environment. By improving your comprehension of voltage, current, and power, you will have the confidence to overcome any challenges you may face during solar PV installation.

Prepare to become well-equipped to position yourself for new career opportunities in the thriving solar industry.

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Course Objectives

  • Learn the factors driving the growth and demand in the solar industry, such as government policies, environmental concerns, and the decreasing cost of solar panels
  • Discover the benefits and limitations of solar photovoltaics (PV)
  • Uncover the positive environmental impact, energy independence, and cost savings associated with solar PV systems, including the challenges and considerations that come with their installation and operation
  • Obtain knowledge of essential components of a solar PV system, including solar panels, inverters, charge controllers, and batteries
  • Understand how to size PV systems to ensure optimal performance and efficiency
  • Review electricity fundamentals and safety protocols to create a secure work environment and mitigate potential hazards on the job site
  • Develop electrical concepts to emphasize better safety practices, including voltage, current, and power, and how they relate to solar PV systems

Job Outlook for Solar Energy Professionals

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data, solar photovoltaic installers in the San Diego-Carlsbad, California, metropolitan area earn an annual median salary of $53,970, reflecting the promising economic prospects within the field.

The BLS reports that California ranks at the top state for the employment of solar photovoltaic installers, with over 4,700 PV professionals employed. The San Diego-Carlsbad metropolitan area ranks third among the highest employment levels overall for this field.

This robust demand is a testament to the increasing adoption of solar energy solutions across residential, commercial, and governmental sectors.

Meet the Instructor

Chris Boggiano
Chris Boggiano is a respected professional known for his expertise in engineering and education. Holding the position of President at Everblue, he leads the organization with a passion for innovation and a commitment to excellence.

Chris is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he cultivated strong leadership skills and a dedication to continuous learning. With a solid foundation in engineering, he has garnered extensive experience in the field, contributing significantly to various projects and initiatives.

In addition to his role as an engineer, Chris serves as Everblue's Head Curriculum Developer, showcasing his exceptional ability to design educational programs that inspire and empower. His innovative approach to curriculum development has earned him recognition, making a meaningful impact on the educational landscape.

Chris' dedication to shaping future generations through education and his rich background in engineering reflects his unwavering commitment to making a difference in the world of learning and professional development.

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What do solar energy professionals do?
Solar energy professionals design, install, and maintain solar energy systems. They assess energy needs, determine system requirements, and ensure the efficient and safe installation of solar panels, inverters, and other components. Additionally, they may advise on energy efficiency measures and stay updated on industry advancements to provide optimal solutions.

What are the top skills needed for a career in solar energy?
Solar installer skills include both hard and soft skills. Hard skills can include foundational knowledge of solar panel systems, general electrical skills, and overall good physical fitness. Soft skills might involve strong communication, problem-solving abilities, and the ability to work well as part of a team.

Are there prerequisites?
There are no prerequisites to take this course.

Do I need to start on a certain date?
No. This course is 100% online and you may begin at any time.

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