Commercial Photovoltaic Installation Course

Commercial Photovoltaic Installation Course

Event Date(s): 
Organized/Hosted by: 
Office of Outreach, SUNY-ESF


408 Baker, SUNY ESF
1 Forestry Drive
New York
United States

For More Information:

(315) 470-6889

Commercial SPARE
1-day class (formerly called advanced)
In this class, participants will cover the issues associated with larger commercial PV installations which typically have three-phase electrical systems. Weight and wind loading play a major part in the design of large commercial installations, as most commercial buildings have expansive, flat roofs. The class will also look at issues for large, ground-mounted systems and review interconnection issues such as the necessary size of the local service, when a new transformer would be needed, when an entire substation would be needed and when the local utility might need the plant to provide reactive power (VAR support). The economics of these larger systems will also be reviewed. NABCEP requires that a "minimum of 40 of the 58 prescribed hours for certification must cover advanced solar PV installation and design principles and practices addressed in the NABCEP PV Installer Job Task Analysis". This class meets section 3.5.C.III as it is taught by an ISPQ certified instructor.

Commercial SPARE Prerequisites
Participants should have taken the Basic SPARE course or have similar knowledge of PV basics. Participants should have a calculator and the skills to operate it.

Course Hours
This course is in the process of being reviewed for PDHs (Professional Development Hours) for engineers and completes seven (7) hours of classroom instruction.

Trainings, Workshops, Courses and Seminars
Dr. Gay Canough
Course Instructor Credentials: 
ISPQ Independent Master Trainer Certification
UL-Certified PV System Installer
NABCEP PV Technical Sales Certification
NABCEP PV Installer Certification
Training Provider Credentials: 
Registered provider of the NABCEP Entry-Level PV Exam
Course Hours Count Toward: 
NABCEP Continuing Education PV Installer Recertification