Solar Eductation

Need help with educating a class, group, or business on how solar energy works? Contact Austin Counts at austin@appvoices.org or (276) 679-1691. We offer freeĀ  in-person presentations, demonstrations, and workshops throughout the year.

Want to learn more about how solar energy works?

The National Energy Education Development Project (NEED) provides publicly available informative material such as the presentation below. This presentation will give you a basic rundown on how photovoltaic energy systems work while covering topics like basics of electricity, the chemistry of solar cells, net metering, and the pros and cons of solar energy.

Photovoltaics PowerPoint download

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TEDed, an award winning youth and educational platform, covers solar energy in the short video below. The video goes into detail about the chemistry behind solar energy, solar cell limitations, and discusses the potential benefits of solar energy across the world.

What to become an installer in SWVA?

Get certified through NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners). This certification program insures contractors and solar customers that you had received the training andĀ  qualifications to safely and effectively install a solar system. For information of certification requirements, certified installers in your area, or receive practice material see the link below.

http://www.nabcep.org/certification

Courses and NAPCEP prep:

Courses are available at Mountain Empire Community College (MECC) to help you on your way to becoming a solar installer in SWVA. MECC offers several courses that will teach you how to safely and effectively install solar panels and the electrical equipment needed for a solar system. The courses even include training for the NABCEP certificate and your first solar installation.

https://www.mecc.edu/programs/energy-technology-electrical-specialization/