Courses

36-hour Math/Electricity Basics for Photovoltaics
This class is a required prerequisite* to the 40-hour Introductory Photovoltaic (PV) Design and Installation class. Pre- and post-tests will be given. Those who pass the test at the end of the class will be able to register for the 40-hour Introductory PV class. Those who have not mastered the material will have to retake this class.
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40-hour Introductory Photovoltaic Design and Installation
Prerequisite: 36-hour Math/Electricity Basics for Photovoltaics class
This is the industry-wide accepted introductory class designed for individuals interested in entering the solar field, and is based on the NABCEP Task Analysis. At the conclusion of the class, CSE offers students the opportunity to take the NABCEP Entry Level Exam for $100. This entry level exam certifies that the student has achieved basic comprehension and application of key terms and concepts of photovoltaic (solar electric) system operations, knowledge that prepares him/her for an entry level job in the industry. (This differs from the Solar Installer Certification Exam.)
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Photovoltaic and Solar Thermal Systems Introductory CAD Design Lab
This 18 hour “Introduction to CAD” is a comprehensive beginners’ Computer Aided Drawing Class (CAD) for practitioners of the solar business. The class will focus on teaching the necessary computer drawing skills to help with the design of PV Systems and Solar Thermal Systems. The class will meet in a computer lab and use Turbocad Deluxe 16 software.
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Advanced Photovoltaics: Grid-Tied
Prerequisite: 40-hour Introductory PV class and NABCEP Entry Level Exam
For those who want a more in-depth study of grid-tied systems appropriate for the NYC area. Design an interconnected photovoltaic system, from site evaluation to commissioning.
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Advanced Photovoltaics: Dispatchable, Off-Grid & Microgrid Systems- with International Emphasis
Prerequisite: 40-hour Introductory PV class and NABCEP Entry Level Exam
Hands-on workshop with focus on small, 5 kW PV systems in off-grid developing world environments for those interested in taking this technology to developing countries where access to the grid is limited.
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Introduction to Sustainable Technologies and CSE Programs
This seminar is for people interested in moving into the world of sustainable technologies and plan to register for courses through the Center. The seminar will present a holistic look at several technologies and class offerings and how they relate to each other.
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Solar Professional Seminar: Getting a Job in the Solar Industry
This 3-hour seminar is a basic ‘101’ for anyone interested in learning what it takes to successfully enter the solar field.
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Solar Professional Seminar: Selling Solar in NY, NJ, and LI
Making the financial case for solar to your customers. This seminar will discuss the factors determining system size, how to calculate electric bill savings, determining rebates, tax credits, RECs (renewable energy credits), costs of permits and engineering, and determining financial payback and ROI (return on investment).
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Solar Professional Seminar: Navigating Through the Challenges of NYC Solar Photovoltaics
Obtaining permits, approvals and incentives. This 3-hour seminar is designed for solar contractors and sub-contractors looking to understand the process for obtaining permits, approvals and incentives for solar PV systems in NYC. The challenges are equal to the opportunities, and learning who to deal with and how to get it done will help your cash flow and ensure that your customers receive the full incentives available. Sample templates and tips for completing all the required documents will be included.
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How to Put Together a Solar Thermal Package
An A-Z for Realtors, Developers, Coop Boards and Homeowners that walks you through the process of commissioning and financing a solar thermal system.
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RETScreen Workshop
RETScreen is a powerful software program that allows users to estimate costs, analyze risks, and make decisions about solar installations. Professionals in the renewable energy business will benefit from having a thorough understanding of this program.
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Streamlining Solar Workshop
This unique, free one-day workshop is designed to streamline integrating solar into NYC by bringing together the experts who can help take you from plans to rooftop. Topics covered include:
Electrical code & NYC Property Tax Abatement (Department of Buildings)
Applying for incentives (NYSERDA
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