This class is available at-your-own-pace. Take as long as you like to complete it – you will be emailed an invite upon purchase. Take it during instructor office hours to qualify as a live program. Includes live voice and text chat with the instructor.
Intended Audience – Architects, Engineers, Contractors, Solar Installers, NABCEP, Home and Business Owners, College Students, New Hires
Benefits for Attendee – Learn solar power fundamentals as well as design techniques. Course recordings and handouts are provided to paid registrants in our instructor-interactive Discord classroom.
Length: 4 Hours HSW/PDH/LU
Course Summary/Description/Overview – Design Your Solar Roof is a four hour crash course in rooftop solar design. Get behind the desk of a solar installer using free, manufacturer-provided, and commercial design software to understand how a solar project is conceived from conceptual design to project permitting.
This is an introductory course designed to be the first few hours of solar training for architects, engineers, project managers, or contractors interested in adding solar power to their existing skillset. Experienced solar installers enjoy the review of software capabilities as well as the project development discussion.
Multiple strategies are discussed to implement cost-effective onsite power management – even in regions where solar buyback rates are low. This is essential learning for anyone planning a solar project, and additional project support can be found within our chat community.
Learning Objectives / General Outline
Estimate solar array production and compare against facility energy use.
Consider array layout strategy to benefit density, aesthetics, or safe installation.
Understand 3D shade analysis techniques to understand irregular object shading (such as trees) can be modeled into performance estimating
Use manufacturer sizing tools to finalize designs and convert into material list for bidding.
Walk through the site evaluation process to develop a computer-generated single line diagram.
Learn cable management techniques to improve construction and operational safety.
Evaluate right-sizing to optimize utility rate structures for onsite renewables and storage.
Understand how digital controls and monitoring can add value to energy infrastructure and planning.