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STCC offers course in solar energy

SPRINGFIELD As the use of alternative energy sources increases, career opportunities are expanding for those who are certified to install photovoltaic (PV) cells. The CBT will again offer this very popular training program during the upcoming term. This program is designed to prepare individuals seeking certification in this growing field. The Photovoltaic Practitioner Certificate Program is designed for architects, engineers, electricians, general contractors and those interested in developing a career in photovoltaics. This program is conducted by STCC's CBT in partnership with the George W. Gould Construction Institute (GCI), the Solar Energy Business Association of New England (SEBANE), a business association of solar energy companies based or doing business in New England, the STCC Assistance Corporation and renewable energy companies in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Vermont. Applications are now being accepted and this program is expected to be fully enrolled long before the start date. This course will provide a comprehensive coverage of stand alone, utility interactive and dedicated load applications for solar electricity. This program has been approved by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) and participants will receive a comprehensive preparation for the Entry Level PV Certificate of Knowledge exam offered by NABCEP a well as a detailed understanding of the types of photovoltaic (PV) cells and modules, the design of various PV Direct Current Source Circuits and their associated power electronics and switchgear. The 30 kW PV system that is installed on a roof at the STCC Technology Park will be utilized for field demonstration lessons. Interested individuals can get details by calling 755-4502 or 755-4225.

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