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Solar training course offered

Solar training course offered

Posted: Monday, February 27, 2012 11:10 pm

A free course in the basics of solar installation and photovoltaic technology will be offered March 26-30 at the University of Memphis Fogleman Conference Center, which is located at 330 Innovation Drive in Memphis.
The 40-hour course is sponsored by the Tennessee Solar Institute and will be held from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Lunch will be provided.
The training course will focus on different aspects of the solar photovoltaic field, including photovoltaic history and market developments, solar concepts and terminology, on-site photovoltaic system configurations and components and photovoltaic safety.
Participants in the course will take an entry-level certificate of knowledge exam at the conclusion of the course. The exam is endorsed by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners.
Those planning on participating in the course must be Tennessee residents and must pre-register. No walk-ins will be admitted.
A prerequisite for course registration is completion and appropriate scoring on the Career Readiness Exam, according to a news release.  Participants in the course must have scored a gold rating in the math and reading portion of the exam and a sliver rating in the location information portion.
Information about the exam is available at local Tennessee Career Centers or from Patricia Wells at the UT Center for Industrial Services. She can be reached at (615) 253-6371 or online at
The local Tennessee Career Center is located at 126 East Main St. in Union City. The telephone number for the local office is 884-2621
The Tennessee Solar Institute is part of the Volunteer State Solar Initiative, a comprehensive solar energy and economic development program that was established using $62.5 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 funding.


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