Visit the first Earthship built east of the Mississippi
Virtual Tour of Blue Rock Station
Check out the Cool Buildings of Blue Rock Station
Updated PV Design & Installation Manual Now Available
Completely rewritten and updated to current codes and standards!
Builds upon foundation from entry-level Understanding Photovoltaics book and online course!
UPDATED August 2022! This textbook is designed to prepare solar installers to take the ETA Level 2 certification exam or the NABCEP installer/designer exam. It is the advanced-level study guide that builds upon lessons learned in the introductory text, Understanding Photovoltaics.
This textbook and study guide builds upon a foundation of knowledge in residential solar PV installation and expands into the field of commercial project design & installation and project management.
This text is designed to help prepare students who wish to sit for industry-accepted certification programs such as the ETA Level 2 PV Certification or the NABCEP PV Installer or Designer Certification Program.
Build Your Own Solar Generator Video Now Available for FREE
A solar generator is great for emergency power backup, remote sites and camping. But they can cost a bloody fortune. So why not build one yourself from parts you can find at your local hardware store?
This comprehensive video will walk you through the theory as well as the practical process to build your own small solar generator. You can also obtain a detailed book with step-by-step instructions at https://solarpvtraining.com/solar-books/ if you are so inclined.
This Week’s Solar News: Week of Jan 23-29, 2023
Upcoming Earthship Tours:
Please note that we are only open for specific events – we are not open to the public unless arranged for in advance.
Tentative 2023 Tour Dates (all Saturdays): (I guess in the age of Covid and global warming, everything is tentative)
Online Solar PV Course Now Available
This course is designed for those new to solar. Ideal for folks wishing to install a system on their home or business, understand what they are getting into if they wish to hire someone to install a system, or enter the rapidly growing PV industry as a career.
This course tracks with the provided textbook (Understanding Photovoltaics). It is organized into 11 chapters, 71 major topic areas – with 11 review quizzes, 25 lab projects, over 550 narrated slides, dozens of integrated videos, links to online resources and materials for added comprehension and more.
This curriculum has been approved by ETA as preparing persons interested in obtaining the PV Level 1 Certification. It has also been approved by for 35 hours of LA CES health, safety, and welfare Professional Development hours.
Updated PV Textbook now Available!
The most complete and up-to-date solar PV residential design and installation manual on the market today. Expanded by 30% – same affordable price. Updated to include changes in the 2020 NEC. 398-page textbook, chapter review questions, 25 hands-on labs, hundreds of illustrations and tables, easy-to-read narrative
Now Available… FREE Roadmap to Living the Simple Life short course
Many of us dream of chucking it all and building our little cabin in the woods… raising a few goats… growing what we need.
Well, what you may not realize (or maybe you know it… but don’t really KNOW it) is that living a carefree simple natural life can be a lot of work.
The intention of this quick course is to share some of our ideas and insights in how to make this possible. It is free because the best things in life generally are.