Photovoltaic Design & Installation - PV301

  • 04 Jun 2011
  • 8:00 AM
  • 25 Jun 2011
  • 5:00 PM
  • LEED Council, 1866 N. Marcey Street, Chicago, IL 60614
  • 3


This 32-hour course offers participants an advanced level of hands-on and lecture that will prepare them for field installations and other advanced workshops. Participants will revisit how to correctly design, size and select PV system components and identify and interpret National Electric Code (NEC) articles that pertain to the installations. While working on a training roof, participants will learn safety procedures, system design and layout, component selection and specification, electrical and mechanical integration techniques, and troubleshooting that take place on real job sites.

Prerequisites: RE100, PV101, PV201

This class will take place over 4 consecutive Saturdays in June at the LEED Council facility and will be taught by experienced professionals.


  • Demonstrate proper safety procedures when installing a PV system
  • Size and design a PV system to satisfy consumer demands, site specifics, and the NEC
  • Diagram a high voltage AC grid intertie system
  • Correctly mount and ground PV modules
  • Properly wire and connect a high voltage AC grid intertie system
  • Connect a PV system to the electric utility
  • Complete a testing protocol and activate a high voltage AC grid intertie
  • Conduct troubleshooting for each PV system type


  • Notepad
  • Pen or Pencil
  • Scientific Calculator
  • Work clothes
  • Work boots
  • Safety glasses
  • Hearing protection
  • Required Text: Photovoltaic Systems, 2nd Edition, by Dunlop
  • Recommended Text: 2011 NEC edition


Jim Gill, P.E., LEED AP and HERS rater
Jim is a licensed professional engineer with over thirty years experience in building, infrastructure and site construction, as well as environmental remediation.  He consults on energy efficiency and renewable energy systems for commercial and residential buildings.  He is also an ISEA Board member.

Matt Vester
NABCEP Certified PV and Solar Thermal Installer

Matt works as part of a highly skilled team designing and installing maintenance-free, high-efficiency solar thermal and photovoltaic solar systems. Responsibilities include all aspects of solar installations, including system design, supervision of proper installation, customer service, navigation of applicable codes and regulations, employee training, vendor relations, etc.

Chuck VonDrehle
NABCEP Certified PV Installer
Chuck is currently Vice President of Sales & Engineering at  He previously worked for one of the largest solar installers in the California market, Borrego Solar, managing their Silicon Valley office and the installation of photovoltaic systems in California.  Upon his return to Chicago, Chuck helped establish Harnetech as a leading solar energy installer in Chicago and worked as a Senior System Engineer for SoCore Energy.


ISEA Business Members   $845
Public   $945

The ISEA is in the process of investigating certification exams and how we can offer them to our students.

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