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Learn How to Install Residential Solar Power Systems

By Megan Shepherd, graduate assistant in the ETHOS Center

The ETHOS Center is sponsoring a Residential Solar Installation Design Course that will be offered online with a one-day in-person lab component this fall, from September 1 - October 11. This course is taught by Jay Warmke, a renewable energy instructor and author of several textbooks on renewable energy. He is co-owner of Blue Rock Station, a sustainable living community in rural Ohio that draws thousands of visitors from around the world. This course is open to the public, and current UD students will get a discount on the course. 

This six-week online course is tailored to those who would like to enter the industry, to design and install their own residential solar PV systems, or to understand how this technology works. In addition, the course prepares students to take the test to become certified as a Level 1 PV Installer. The course includes:

  • 40-hour online Residential Solar Installation and Design Course.
  • Textbook and all study materials.
  • Two instructor-led Zoom sessions per week for six weeks.
  • Instructor availability via email.
  • Hands-on lab at MeLink Corporation in Milford, Ohio on October 10th or 11th. All social-distancing protocols will be followed. 
  • Possibility of a remote hands-on lab if students cannot attend the in-person lab. 
  • Remotely proctored ETA Level 1 PV Installer certification exam with exam fees covered. 
The cost for the entire course is $599, and UD students can get a $50 discount. For more information and to register, please visit the course website here.
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