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19 September 2011

Solar PV classes offered this fall at HACC

Train for opportunities in green tech jobs

HARRISBURG – HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, is offering three courses this fall that focus on solar photovoltaic (PV) systems used in today’s green economy.
The courses meet industry standards set by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners, with successful graduates prepared to sit for the NABCEP entry level exam.
HACC has scheduled two separate sections of the 60-hour solar PV electric systems training course, both will be held in Room 108 on the first floor of Campus Square, 1426 N. Third St. in Midtown Harrisburg.
Students can choose to attend classes in the morning with Section 70730, which meets from 7-11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oct. 4-Nov. 15. Or, students can choose to attend classes in the evening with Section 70731, which meets from 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oct. 4-Dec. 8.
Students will learn about solar PV markets and applications, safety and electrical basics, solar energy and PV module fundamentals and system components, PV sizing principles, PV system electrical and mechanical design, and performance analysis, maintenance and troubleshooting. The course costs $1,200 per student and includes books, classroom theory, hands-on application and the NABCEP Entry-Level Test.
The third course, a 40-hour entry level solar PV electric systems training, is an intensive one-week course that meets from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, Oct. 24-28, at Energy Systems and Installation, 451 Jonestown Road, Jonestown. The $825 cost of the course includes text, materials and the testing fee. The NABCEP test will be offered 6-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28. The fee for the test only is $110.
Students will learn the fundamentals of PV system design and installation in this workshop designed for those interested in the expanding PV industry – including builders, electricians, architects, code officials, construction- and energy-related business owners, teachers, attorneys and elected officials.
For more information and questions about accommodations in the vicinity, contact Cheryl Deitz, coordinator, HACC Workforce and Economic Development Division, at 221-1338 or via e-mail at To register, contact noncredit registration at 717-780-2414 or 717-780-2616.

Cheryl Deitz, Coordinator, HACC Workforce and Economic Development Division, 717-221-1338

Pamilla Saylor
Office of College Advancement, HACC

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