"I definitely walked away empowered technically, but the additional benefit of having a deeper context around the "why" of solar power, and its significance in our energy evolution. Your passion and commitment to the cause comes through in your delivery of the class, and your willingness to engage each of us, despite a variety of technical levels, really lowered the barrier to effective learning."Vince Weseli
"Thanks for offering the solar cert I just finished up a 8kW on grid/off grid system for a guy."
"We are very happy that we had chosen your Photovoltaic course in Newark. We learned so much from your course regarding photovoltaic cells , electricity generation , the technics of installation of panels etc in a very congenial , friendly and laid back atmosphere. Your great input in this field encouraged us to work on a small project at home on small solar cells."
Satyanarayana Kadim and
"Jay’s knowledge on solar and related topics, delivered effectively through anecdotal experience and his pragmatic approach, is inspirational. There are very few questions he is unable to answer or provide a reference for. His enthusiasm for our success never waned even when asked the same questions repeatedly. I look forward to attending more of Jay’s classes and know that I’ll come away with more than I paid for."Chris Kenney
"Jay’s solar power course was a refreshing introduction into the world of photovoltaics. I couldn’t have asked for a better instructor. He provides real-word experience that is thorough and relevant. Jay is well spoken and a gifted communicator. His class provides a solid framework from which to build knowledge and experience.
From the beginning, Jay measured each student’s background and technical understanding. Our class experience ranged from doctors and engineers to tradesmen and finally students. His material is well-organized and delivered in a way everyone can understand. He provides a mixture of lecture and hands-on instruction, building on each topic in a logical manner.
I’ve been a technical instructor for almost 20 years and Jay is at the top of the list of the best instructors I’ve witnessed. He engages the class from the beginning and answers the question:” Where we are…how we got there…and where we are heading?” Most importantly, Jay provides the tools and direction for each of us to make it happen."Dale Ramsey
Having taken numerous classes, I consider myself an expert on taking numerous classes.
Jay Warmke’s warm and thorough approach to the instruction of photo-voltaic installation exceeded my expectations in every way. His patience and perseverance left the entire class feeling as if no question was a stupid question and he complimented the classroom setting with his extremely funny sense of humor.
I whole heartedly recommend taking any of his or his wonderful wife Annie’s classes you may be interested in, with no reservations.
All I knew beforehand was that I wanted solar, now I know what I want, but more importantly, what I can afford.
Solar Electric (Photovoltaics) Workshops for 2014
Prepares Students to Sit for the ETA Level 1 PV Certification Exam
Want to learn how to install solar? Maybe you even want to become certified to work in the solar field. Now you can spend just five days of training (4 1/2 classroom instruction and 1/2 day taking the certification test) in a beautiful setting - not in a classroom - to realize your goal. We have quite a selection of courses set for 2014 - located across the state (and even one in Indiana)!
A recent study shows that Solar jobs are growing at a rate 10 times the national average - and that PV installers average starting salaries are in the $20-24 per hour range (about $40,000 - $48,000 per year).
ETA Examination fees (normally $150) and course materials (installation toolkit and student workbook - also valued at around $150) are included as part of the course fee.
The course will consist of lectures (about 50%) as well as hands-on labs (also about 50%). You will work with a working PV system, dismantling and reinstalling it, troubleshooting and ensuring its proper operation. During the course you will learn to size your system according to your electrical needs, select the type of system that works best for your situation, select all the components for your system, size the wiring and overcurrent protection, price the system, size and select the battery bank (if needed) - basically, when you leave you will be able to design from start to finish a residential solar PV system and install it as well.
Course Content Includes:
Basic Principles and Concepts of Power
Passive Versus Active Solar Systems
Basic Principles and Concepts of Photovoltaics
Photovoltaic system components
Standard system configurations
Designing a PV system
Testing, Maintenance and Troubleshooting
Registration is limited to 10 students. This course is offered in partnership with several not-for-profits. The fee for this one-week course is $970 and includes: Instruction, hands-on labs, textbook and lab material, installation tool kit, ETA examination, and (in most cases) lunch. This course is also eligible for VA and Americorps funding. Scholarships may also be available based on need. Contact us at 740-674-4300 for further details regarding the management of fees.
About the Instructor:
Jay Warmke is the author of a number of textbooks on renewable energy, including Green Technology: Principles and Practices (Marcraft), Solar Photovoltaic
Installer Certification Guide (Marcraft), Wind Turbine Installer Certification Guide (Marcraft), When the Biomass Hits the Wind Turbine (BRS Media),
Understanding Photovoltaics: A Study Guide for Solar Electric Certification Programs (BRS Media), and many more. Jay also serves as National Chairman:
SkillsUSA Sustainable Solutions Contest, Vice President: Green Energy Ohio, Committee Member: Electronic Technician's Association Renewable Energy
Committee. He also teaches renewable energy at COTC (Central Ohio Technical College), and the Train-the-Trainer program for Marcraft. Jay was also
named the 2013 ETA Educator of the Year.
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