Solar panels

Green energy doesn’t appear to be losing popularity anytime soon. Harnessing the power of the sun, wind, water, and other clean and accessible resources just seems to makes sense as it continues to become more commonplace. The solar and green energy industry is booming, with solar panel installer job growth projected to increase by 105% by 2026! This shift in energy sources has made solar power a hot commodity, and everything from large industrial buildings to residential homes are looking to have panels installed for greater efficiency. Penn Foster recognizes this seachange, and has created three new certificate programs to help those with a trades background benefit from the solar energy trend.

If you have prior experience in skilled trades, now may be a great time to consider adding solar installation credentials to your resume or small business. As the price of fossil fuels continue to  increase, more and more people are considering the investment of solar panels. This creates a need for those with the ability to install, maintain, and repair solar photovoltaic and thermal systems. Penn Foster has designed three programs around these very needs to help anyone learn how to fill in the gaps of the solar industry online and around his or her schedule.

The Solar PV Installation Skills Certificate Program
Our Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Installation Skills Certificate Program takes you step-by-step through three courses ranging from solar fundamentals, components of solar PV systems and modules, PV inverters, standalone PV systems & BOS, solar panel system sizing, design, and layout, troubleshooting, and connecting the PV array with a program completion time of as little as two months. This option is great for those with a prior background as an electrician.

Solar Thermal Installation Skills Certificate
Our Solar Thermal Installation Skills Certificate Program takes you step-by-step through three courses ranging from the components of a solar thermal heating system to calculating the size of the system you’ll need for each project. Expand your expertise by learning how to troubleshoot and identify problems, make repairs, and install modern solar heating systems with a completion time of as little as two months. This options is great for those with a prior background in HVACR and plumbing.

Solar PV and Thermal Installation Skills Certificate
Cover all your bases: learn best practices for installing, troubleshooting, and repairing solar photovoltaic and thermal heating systems in residential and small commercial buildings with a completion time of as little as three months. This program combines the two programs above for one comprehensive training course.

With a background in a skilled trade, you can add a new service to your portfolio to attract potential employers or new customers with a solar skillset. Learn more about this cool industry, and consider how gaining solar installation skills can benefit you.