Solar Photovoltaic Systems Workshop

North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) has launched their certification program for PV installers. Future exam locations will be determined based upon geographical distribution of candidates to minimize travel time to exam sites. Farmingdale State University will be one of the exam sites. Applications for the exam can be found at NABCEP's web site at

The workshop introduces the fundamental concepts in Photovoltaic technology. It provides training in the design, installation and maintenance of grid connected residential photovoltaic systems. The course is developed based on Task Analysis of NABCEP. Topics covered include:

  • Overview of PV Systems
  • Sunshine basics
  • How PV works
  • Components of a PV systems
  • Setup, configuration and sizing
  • Wiring and controls
  • Relevant sections of NEC
  • Zoning laws and building codes pertaining to PV systems
  • Interconnection requirements in New York State
  • Specific parameters of concern to utilities in grid connected systems
  • Practical experiments and demonstrations of different aspects of PV
  • Site visit with detailed explanation of maintenance and troubleshooting
  • Actual hands on set-up of a small scale grid connected system

In addition, basic electrical concepts and safety issues related to PV installation and maintenance work will be covered. It is a 6-day, 48-hour training course that includes extensive hands-on experience and real world applications. The first day provides an introduction to basic electricity and PV concepts and it is optional for engineers and licensed electricians. Students are eligible to take the NABCEP Entry Level PV Exam after completing this course. (additional fee applies)

The Solar Energy Center at Farmingdale State College is accredited as a training institution and continuing education institution on solar energy by the Institute of Sustainable Power. This is the first such center to be accredited in the Northeast and the fourth in the entire USA. The center promotes education, applied research, training and public awareness in sustainable energy and in particular solar energy. Farmingdale State College is the site of the first utility scale photovoltaic demonstration project in the Northeast U.S. Three 20 kW units and one 20 kW unit were installed at various locations on campus in 1992 and 1993 respectively.

Upcoming Workshops:

  • June 15-19 + June 22-23, 2020
  • 8 AM - 5 PM
  • This course may be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Course details:

  • Location: Farmingdale State College: Lupton Hall Room 130A
  • Class limit: 20


  • The deadline for payment is one week prior to the selected workshop date.
  • Register before deadline: $795
  • Register after deadline: $895
  • NABCEP Associate Exam Fee: $125
  • Textbook included

Recommended for:

  • Electricians
  • Solar Contractors
  • Engineers
  • Architects
  • Home Builders
  • Contractors
  • Anyone who is interested in Solar PV systems

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renewable energy & sustainability center

Lupton Hall, Room 246F
Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm


Marjaneh Issapour
Director, Renewable Energy & Sustainability Center


Anna Godas
Instructional Support Associate


Zachary Licht
Instructional Support Technician