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Caribbean Green Technology Center Offers PV Technician Training

The  Caribbean Green Technology Center Workforce Program offers training consisting of a 40-hour (one week) class with the measurable objective to train technically-minded students to pass the NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) entry level exam after completing the class, which will be held at University of the Virgin Islands — Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning Center(UVICELL).

 

The main objective is to have students learn to become photovoltaics (PV) technicians or to be able to train others with a sufficient new understanding to safely and efficiently build, operate and maintain PV systems in their communities. Photovoltaics are best known as a method for generating electric power by using solar cells to convert energy from the sun into electricity.The course will focus on the key competencies addressed in the NABCEP Entry level PV exam.

 

Passing the exam is a way for candidates to demonstrate they have achieved a basic knowledge of the fundamental principles of the application, design, installation and operation of grid-tied and standalone PV systems in North America. This achievement demonstrates that the participant has passed an industry-designed, NABCEP-issued exam.

 

The Caribbean Green Technology Center (CGTC) serves as a vibrant intellectual hub for learning, networking and innovation in and across the Caribbean in all areas pertaining to green technology. Its main purpose is to foster research, education and public service on sustainability; to promote Caribbean inter-Island cooperation; to advance interdisciplinary investigations and learning; to collaborate with governmental agencies and industry partners; and to research, develop, demonstrate and monitor green technology.

 

CGTC will provide custom NABCEP-directed curriculum to meet NABCEP and the Virgin Islands’ needs. The materials will be provided in the form of a USB stick by UVI. We will provide the book “Photovoltaic Systems” (J. Dunlop ATP press) and optionally the National Electric Code (NEC) 2011 or 2014 to each student.

 

In order to support the objective to have the students pass the NABCEP test, CGTC will provide one month of after-class support (review homework, answer questions in preparation for tests) for each student (via e-mail).

 

PV Entry Level Learning Objectives Include Ten Knowledge Content Domains:

1. PV Markets and Applications 
2. PV System Sizing Principles 
3. PV System Electrical Design 
4. PV System Mechanical Design 
5. Performance Analysis and Troubleshooting 
6. System Components
7. Safety Basics
8. Electrical Basics
9. Solar Energy Fundamentals
10. PV Module Fundamentals
 

 

Source: www.stcroixsource.com



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