Solar Installation Course During Major Solar Show

Students will analyze and troubleshoot ground-fault and commissioning scenarios.

In conjunction with Solar Power International 2010, taking place Oct. 12-14 in Los Angeles — Solar Energy International is hosting a one-day solar installation course.

Intermediate Level PV System Installation on Oct. 11 will focus on National Electrical Code (NEC) requirements, best practices, and safe working procedures for installing and troubleshooting solar systems.

"Students will analyze and troubleshoot ground-fault and commissioning scenarios," course instructor Brian Mehalic says. "Class lectures are combined with individual problem-solving exercises covering a wide range of installation considerations."

Grid interface considerations, disconnects, system labeling requirements, and series fusing will be covered. The course also features a slideshow presentation documenting the best - and worst - installation practices and proper procedures for grid-direct systems, including potential safety hazards.

"Participants will learn how to do it right and avoid wasting time and money making common mistakes," says Mehalic, a North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners Certified PV Installer. Also on topic is ground-fault troubleshooting to help participants identify, locate, and troubleshoot ground-faults in PV systems. The one-day session wraps up with a Q&A to offer professional advice from experts in the solar installation field.

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