This 3-12 day workshop allows each student to be the lead installer on one system - which can be used to meet North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) systems installation experience requirements. The lead installer will review the site assessment and ensure the safety and system performance as they lead system siting, installation, testing, and activation.

In this on-site installation workshop, participants will be involved in various steps in the installation of two solar air heating systems, including mounting collectors and balance of systems components. Participants will also learn about solar air heat benefits and limitations, site assessment, installation tools and safety, installation procedures and best practices, system sizing and design, BTU production and outcome verification, and solar air heat system sales.

This two-day workshop explores system design considerations, including collector sizing and configuration, pipe sizing, component sizing, solar fluid volume estimation, heat storage, heat delivery, code considerations, troubleshooting, and maintenance. Participants will apply design elements while working through five case study systems, including space heating, commercial, and process heat applications.

In this one-day workshop, students will learn the basics of liquid-based solar thermal space heating systems with emphasis on northern climate installations. Presentations and discussion will cover system types, heat storage methods and strategies, heat exchange methods, boiler and furnace integration, high mass systems, system sizing and large and split array collector mounting strategies. Participants will examine case studies of installation and discuss approaches to siting, sizing, and integrating solar space heating in a variety of residential and small commercial settings. This class will also address the basics of solar hot air heating systems.

In this on-site installation workshop, participants will be involved in various steps in the installation of a solar hot water system, including mounting collectors, plumbing and insulating copper pipe, and installing a storage tank, heat exchanger, circulation pump, and other components.

In this 24-hour course, students will learn the basics of how to properly install two solar domestic hot water heating systems suitable for northern climates. The hands-on workshop includes both theory and installation practice. Participants will work as a group to install both a drainback and pressurized closed-loop system on a training roof. This class will qualify you to be on the Focus on Energy Full Service Installer List and has 21 NABCEP Continuing Education Credits.

In this 24-hour course, students will learn the basics of how to properly install two solar domestic hot water heating systems suitable for northern climates. The hands-on workshop includes both theory and installation practice. Participants will work as a group to install both a drainback and pressurized closed-loop system on a training roof. This class will qualify you to be on the Focus on Energy Full Service Installer List and has 21 NABCEP Continuing Education Credits.

This course leads participants through the background information required to perform a solar thermal site assessment for a home or small business. Participants will learn how to assess a site for its potential for a solar thermal system. Students will learn how to define a site’s solar window, interpret solar radiation and temperature data, size a system, identify system components, and determine the best location for collectors. Prerequisite: ST 101 (Solar Domestic Hot Water Systems)

This course leads participants through the background information required to perform a solar water heating assessment for a home. Participants of this course will learn how to assess a home for its potential for a solar domestic hot water system. Students will learn how to define a site’s solar window, interpret solar radiation and temperature data, size a system, identify system components, and determine the best location for collectors. Prerequisite: SDHW.

In this course, students will learn the basics of how solar domestic hot water heating systems (SDHW) work and their economic impacts with emphasis on northern climate systems. This class will prepare students for entry level work in the solar water heating field and will help facilities managers, architects, planners, home owners, and government officials to understand the workings and benefits of solar domestic hot water systems.