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CE Offers Solar Power Installer Training

March 1, 2010 – Collin College Continuing Education is offering its popular weeklong solar installer training March 22-26.

Class times are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Courtyard Center for Professional and Economic Development, 4800 Preston Park Blvd. in Plano.

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.

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

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.

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

The course costs $1,495. Call 972.599.3117 or visit for more information.

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.