Solar Power Professional

In this online program, you'll learn the fundamentals of photovoltaic "PV" solar powered energy systems, gaining the knowledge you'll need for an entry level position with a dealer, installer, or other photovoltaic industry company.


Upon completion of this program you'll be able to:

  • Describe the history of PV technology and industry
  • Describe markets and applications for PV
  • Describe types of PV systems and their features and benefits.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of electrical and solar terminology 
  • Identify safety hazards, practices, and protective equipment used during PV system installation and maintenance
  • Define basic electrical terms 
  • Describe the use of a digital multi-meter
  • Calculate simple circuit values 
  • Define basic solar terms 
  • Describe basic solar movement and effect of earth tilt
  • Predict solar position using solar path diagrams
  • Describe angular effects on the irradiance of solar array 
  • Identify factors that reduce or enhance solar irradiation
  • Explain how solar cells convert sunlight into electric power
  • Label key points on an IV curve 
  • Illustrate effect of series and parallel connections on IV curve
  • Define measurement conditions for solar cells and modules


Get the renewable energy training you need as you learn the basics of solar systems, their benefits, and their many applications. Examine the history of photovoltaic solar power, and gain a sense for where the PV industry is headed. We'll start with basic safety, including how to avoid potential accidents and how to create a safe work environment as well as the use of protective equipment. You'll master the fundamentals of electricity and solar energy, including how to calculate simple circuit values and predict solar position using solar path diagrams. Upon completion of this program, you'll have a thorough understanding of PV applications, working safety as it pertains to this field, basic electricity, and PV module fundamentals.

Upon registering, you're given three months to complete this program. 

  • Registration + Fees

    Begins: Open enrollment | REGISTER

    Course: OSPX800.01

    Tuition: $2,195

  • Outline

    1. PV markets and applications
        1. How to work safely around operational and non-operational PV systems
    2. Basics of electricity
        1. Electricity terminology
        2. Using a digital multi-meter
        3. How to calculate simple circuit values
    3. Solar energy fundamentals
        1. Solar terminology
        2. Describing solar movement and earth tilt
        3. Predicting solar position
    4. PV module fundamentals
        1. How sunlight is converted to usable power
        2. Understanding module output values
    5. Computing electrical output and comparing characteristics of various module technologies

  • Requirements

    The text book Photovoltaic Systems is included in the price of tuition.

    Computer Requirements:

    High-speed Internet is recommended. This program is compatible with the Windows XP and later operating systems and IE 7 and later browsers.

    *Please note: AOL, MSN, Opera, Safari, and Camino browsers are not supported.

    You also need to have the latest version of Adobe Flash and Adobe Reader to properly view all course content.

    This program cannot be taken on a Mac.


    There are no specific prerequisites to take this program, but you should have basic skills or knowledge of keyboarding (typing), using computer programs and the Internet, and a good command of English grammar and punctuation. No previous experience is required.

    This program is for you if you want to learn the skills required for an entry level position with a dealer, installer, or other photovoltaic industry company.

  • Instructor

    Adam Zellhoefer is a NABCEP certified solar installer and brings a wealth of knowledge in solar design and physics. Adam has spent the past few years working as a teacher’s assistant with the solar power program at Cabrillo College in California. Adam served as an assistant to Joe Jordan, a pioneer in renewable energy.

  • FAQs

    1. Can I register for programs if I am an international student?

    Yes, because ed2go programs are online you never have to actually travel to the school. Most schools offer telephone or online registration.

    2. How long does it take to complete a program?

    All of our programs are self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start them when you want and finish them at your own pace. Upon registering, you're given three months to complete this program.

    3. Do I have to buy additional materials?

    All the materials you'll need are included, and their cost will be covered by your tuition. ed2go will ship all materials ground service upon enrollment.

    4. Can I get financial assistance?

    ed2go courses are non-credit courses, so they do not qualify for federal aid. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses.

    5. What happens when I complete the program?

    Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a certificate of completion.

    6. Am I guaranteed a job?

    ed2go programs will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. We don't provide direct job placement services, but our facilitators and career counselors will help you build your resume and are available to give advice on finding your first job. Facilitators will also be available to use as a professional reference upon completion of the program. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

    7. What jobs will the training prepare students to fill?

    This program provides students with the knowledge required for a career at multiple levels of solar businesses, including: Sales, Assembly, Installation, Engineering, Manufacturing, Administration, Storage, Research and Development, Marketing, and much more!

    8. Who will be my instructor?

    Each student is paired up with a facilitator for one-on-one interaction. The facilitator will be available (via e-mail) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our facilitators are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach.

    9. What software or hardware do I need in order to take online programs and what are the system requirements?

    In order to take our online programs, you must have access to a computer and the Internet. You can access the program contents from any Web-enabled computer. You don't have to use the same computer to log-in to the program every time. We recommend that you have a word-processing program (Microsoft Word is best) and the latest version of Internet Explorer.

    10. Can I use a Mac?

    No, you must access this program from a PC or IBM-compatible computer.

    11. How can I get more information about the program?

    If you have questions that are not answered on our website, please feel free to contact us via LIVE chat (click the button toward the top of the page). If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please feel free to send us a question using the "Contact Us" form to the right. You may also call us at 1-855-520-6806. We will answer your questions promptly.

    12. When can I start the program?

    Our programs are all open enrollment. You can register and start the program as soon as you are ready.

    Please note: Once the program curriculum is accessed online or through submission of a material shipment confirmation, refunds cannot be issued.

    13. What if I don't have enough time to complete my program within the time frame provided?

    The time allotted to complete your program has been calculated based on the number of hours for each program, so don't worry too much about not completing in time. If, after a concerted effort, you are still unable to complete, your Student Advisor will help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that a fee may be charged for an extension.