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CE Offers Solar Power Installer Training

August 24, 2009 – The sun is a ball of heat and energy. Collin College Continuing Education is teaching individuals how to use that energy for everyday use.

This fall, Continuing Education will offer Solar Installation Training on two different dates.  The first offering runs Monday-Friday, Sept. 14-18. The second offering runs Monday-Friday, Nov. 2-6.  Class times are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily.

The course will entail basic knowledge of solar photovoltaic (PV) cells, modules and system components; electrical circuits; and PV system design estimation and code requirements.

The courses follows the Institute for Sustainable Power Quality (ISPQ) standards and North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) Photovoltaic Entry Level Certificate of Knowledge (COK) of PV Systems Learning Objectives and task analysis including recommended safety procedures, system design, electrical code and industry standard practices.

“With the cost of electricity going up, people are increasingly interested in alternative sources of power,” Jim Merritt, program director for Collin College Continuing Education, said. “More and more people are looking to the sun as a source of energy.”

After completion, students will be eligible to take the NABCEP Entry Level Certificate of Knowledge Exam.

“This training can help individuals and contractors take their skills and business to the next level and in anticipation of future installations of solar energy systems,” Merritt said.

The course costs $1,495. All sessions will be at the Courtyard Center for Professional and Economic Development, 4800 Preston Park Blvd. in Plano.

For more information, call 972.599.3117 or visit

Collin College serves more than 46,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.