Creating and Implementing Your Solarize Campaign

 

Description

Audience

Community members interested in launching a Solarize campaign in Spring 2016.

Course Description

This PV Trainer's Network Solarize training prepares communities to implement a group purchasing campaign through the Community Solar NY initiative. Solarize programs are an effective way for communities to act together to accomplish clean energy goals. These programs simplify the process of going solar, educate the public, reduce the costs of going solar, and promote a strong sense of community. In this session, a pre-requisite for communities that wish to participate in the second round of Community Solar NY, Solarize experts will discuss how to create a successful Solarize campaign. This includes how to develop a strong campaign team and outreach strategy, tips for implementing a campaign over several months, and lessons learned from previous Solarize campaigns in New York State and nationwide.

Length

4 hours

Price

Free or low cost – Click here for upcoming Creating and Implementing Your Solarize Campaign sessions

Introduction to Shared Solar

 

Description

Audience

Any stakeholder that may have a role in a shared solar project including land owners, municipal officials, non-profit or community organizations, local businesses, solar developers or interested citizens.

Course Description

Community Distributed Generation, also known as shared solar, is New York’s newest regulatory mechanism to expands access to solar energy (and other renewable energy technologies) to all utility customers including renters, businesses, non-profits, and municipalities, among others. Under shared solar, utility customers who cannot site solar or other distributed generation technologies on their own property can participate in off-site solar projects through community net metering. This presentation will familiarize participants with the NY solar market and incentives; provide an overview of shared solar models, rules, and regulations, and the role and concerns of different stakeholders in developing and managing shared solar projects; and provide a successful case study of a shared solar project.

Length

1-2 hours

Price

Free or low cost – Click here for upcoming Intro to Shared Solar Workshops

Introduction to Solar Policy Workshop

 

Description

Audience

Local public officials who have a role in the planning, permitting, inspection or approval processes for PV systems.

Course Description

The Introduction to Solar Policy Workshop provides local policymakers with the basic strategies and best practices used to develop a regulatory framework to support a growing solar market. Participants in this half-day event will learn how to take advantage of economic development opportunities offered by solar development through smart policies and local programs. The workshop will review nationally accepted planning and zoning best practices, strategies to reduce administrative burdens through transparent and streamlined permitting processes, and programs that expand financing options and drive adoption of cost-effective solar projects. Policymakers that complete this course are eligible to receive Free or low cost one-on-one technical support in designing and implementing smart solar policy in their jurisdiction.

Length

4 hours

Price

Free or low cost – Click here for upcoming Intro to Solar Power Workshops

Land Use Planning for Solar Energy

 

Description

Audience

Planners, local officials, land use board members, municipal staff, and attorneys.

Course Description

This workshop will discuss basic strategies to develop a policy and planning framework that supports a growing solar market. Participants will learn about public engagement techniques to support solar policies, the legal process in plan making, and nationally accepted best practices and common features found in comprehensive and other local plans. Policymakers who complete this course are eligible to receive complementary one-on-one technical support in designing and implementing smart solar policy in their local jurisdiction.

Length

3-4 hours

CEUs

This course may qualify for credit hours toward meeting the NY State mandatory training requirement for local planning and zoning board officials.  Check with your municipality for further information.  Attendance certificates will be available.  Continuing Legal Education CEUs may also be available upon request.

Price

Free or low cost – Click here for upcoming Land Use Planning for Solar Energy workshops

Safety and Fire Considerations for Solar PV

 

Description

Audience

First responders such as fire fighters and rescue personnel.

Course Description

This course will provide first responders, such as fire fighters and rescue personnel, with a training on safety precautions and fire code considerations with respect to the recognition and disabling of PV systems. This training will include solar technology identification on the premises, disconnecting methods, and code requirements for roof coverage by modules. Additionally, this training will address access to safe walking space, access to ventilation, location and identification of disconnect switches, DC and AC system conduits and conductors, and battery backup systems.

Length

3 hours

CEUs

3 in-service hours from the NY Dept. of State Division of Building Standards & Codes under Topic 2 (Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code

Price

Free or low cost – Click here for upcoming Safety and Fire Considerations for Solar PV trainings

Solar Procurement for Local Governments

 

Description

Audience

Local public officials who play a role in developing policy around solar PV systems.

Course Description

Solar photovoltaic installations have the ability to lower municipal energy costs, saving taxpayers money while improving the environment. Many New York local governments, however, have not yet taken advantage of this cost-saving technology, despite well-established benefits. This two-hour training for local government leaders will introduce the basics of solar energy and review key strategies and considerations for developing local-government sponsored solar installations. Topics covered will include financing strategies, bid evaluation, solar site assessments and procurement pathways. Case studies of successful local government solar projects will also be reviewed.

Length

2 hours

Price

Free or low cost – Click here for upcoming Solar Procurement for Local Government workshops

Solar PV for Engineers

 

Description

Audience

Engineers, installers, and Architects (in some cases).

Course Description

This course will provide basic design and installation instruction for engineers and architects for PV systems including National Electric Code, International Fire Code, and International Building Code considerations (or similar code systems). Participants will receive in-depth and hands-on training on the equipment commonly found in PV systems as well as on utilizing local electrical and building codes in the design and installation of PV systems. This course is intended to provide information fundamental to the design and installation of code compliant PV systems, but should not be considered a course that will provide all the information that one may require in this field.

Length

6 hours

CEUs

  • NYSED (New York State Education Department): 6 Professional Development Hours for Professional Engineers
  • AIA (American Institute of Architects): 6 Learning Units/Health Safety Welfare
  • NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners): 5.5 Credit Hours
  • New York Department of State, Division of Building Standards and Codes (DOS BSC): 6 in-service training hour
    • Topic 1 (Code Enforcement and Administration) - 4 hours
    • Topic 2 (Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code) - 1 hour
    • Topic 3 (Energy Conservation Construction Code) - 1 hour

Price

Free or low cost – Click here for upcoming Solar PV for Engineers trainings

Solar PV for Architects: Evaluation and Design Fundamentals

 

Description

Audience

Architects and design professionals

Course Description

The accredited course will provide architects and design professionals with a basic understanding of PV system components, common system types and operating characteristics. Participants will receive training on important design considerations for specifying PV technology as well as structural, electrical, and fire code issues associated with site assessments. Additionally, this training will provide the tools required to evaluate the economic performance and energy output of a solar electric system. This should not be considered a course that will provide all the information that one may require in this field.

Length

4 hours

CEUs:

  • AIA (American Institute of Architects): 3 Learning Units/Health Safety Welfare
  • New York Department of State, Division of Building Standards and Codes (DOS BSC): 3 in-service training hours
    • Topic 1(Code Enforcement and Administration) - 2 hours
    • Topic 2 (Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code) - 1 hour

Price

TBA – Solar PV for Architects: Evaluation and Design Fundamentals

Solar PV Permitting and Inspection Methods

 

Description

Audience

Electrical and building code officials, including third-party contract inspectors.

Course Description

This course will provide in-depth training on the equipment commonly found in PV systems, and on utilizing local electrical and building codes in the permitting and inspection processes. The trainings will center on developing permitting and inspection checklists, reviewing photos and schematics of equipment installed correctly and incorrectly, and hands-on practice with PV equipment during training sessions. Some trainings may also include practice problems and discussion of solutions.

Length

6 hours

CEUS

  • 6 In-service training hours through the New York Department of State Division of Building Standards and Codes
  • 0.3 CEUs through UL
  • 6 hours from NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners)

    • PV Installation: JTA 6/6 or Elective 6/6PV 
    • Tech Sales: JTA 6/12 or Elective 6/6
    • SH Installer: JTA 0/6 or Elective 6/6

Price

Free or low cost – Click here for upcoming Solar PV Permitting and Inspection Methods trainings

Streamlining Solar Permitting

 

Description

Audience

Planners, building department employees and other local government officials involved in the permitting processes.

Course Description

This workshop is designed to provide local policy makers information on the benefits of adopting a streamlined solar permitting process. Attendees will gain knowledge of how to expedite and improve local solar permitting by adopting the NYS Unified Solar Permit and what the necessary steps are to receive incentive support for adopting a streamlined permitting process. This workshop is intended for planners, building department employees and other local government officials involved in the permitting process.

Length

90 minutes

Price

Free or low cost – Click here for upcoming Streamlining Solar Permitting workshops

Zoning for Solar Energy

 

Description

Audience

Planners, local officials, land use board members, municipal staff, and attorneys.

Course Description

This workshop will review strategies and best practices for developing a clear, comprehensive, and enforceable solar regulatory framework.  The workshop will present sample provisions for permitted uses, dimensional standards, development standards and definitions. In addition, optional provisions, such as solar access and solar ready home requirements will be reviewed.

 

Policymakers who complete this course are eligible to receive complementary one-on-one technical support in designing and implementing smart solar policy in their local jurisdiction.

Length

2.5 hours

CEUs

This course may qualify for credit hours toward meeting the NY State mandatory training requirement for local planning and zoning board officials.  Check with your municipality for further information.  Attendance certificates will be available.  Continuing Legal Education CEUs may also be available upon request.

Price

Free or low cost – Click here for upcoming Zoning for Solar Energy workshops

Ask Our Experts for One-on-One Assistance

The NY-Sun PV Trainers Network also offers an in depth Ask the Expert portal that will provide technical assistance to interested local jurisdictions on solar PV policy related topics such as:

-        Incorporating solar energy into the comprehensive plan

-        Drafting solar development regulations

-        Streamlining and troubleshooting support of solar permitting and inspection processes

-        Identifying local solar financing options

-        Procuring solar for municipal facilities