Solar Energy International, Mayfield Renewables launch new solar + storage training courses


The cooperative relationship between solar training organization Solar Energy International (SEI) and PV design firm Mayfield Renewables goes back decades. This year, the two organizations are collaborating on two training courses developed by Mayfield Renewables that will be hosted on SEI’s online educational platform.

The two new courses, NEC 2017 and 2020 Solar-Plus-Storage Requirements and NFPA 855 and Fire Code Requirements for Energy Storage Systems, are pre-recorded and self-paced. NABCEP has certified both courses for CEUs (2-hours each) upon completion.

“The partnership between Solar Energy International and Mayfield Renewables represents a renewed path toward collaboration between two of the top educators in the solar industry,” stated SEI’s Executive Director Elizabeth Sanderson.

Mayfield Renewables’ solar-plus-storage program director Justine Sanchez led the course development effort. Justine has worked with SEI as an instructor since 1998, and was a technical editor for Home Power for more than a decade.

Inspired by the renewed collaboration between Mayfield Renewables and SEI, Justine explains the driving force behind the development of the two online courses:

“With the rapid increase in interest and deployment of solar-plus-storage systems, electrical, fire, and building codes require frequent updating to keep up with new markets, equipment and design innovations, and of course fire protection goals. As a result, new codes are released every three years. Along with this effort comes a push from industry stakeholders, system designers, and integrators to understand the implications these new requirements will have on the systems they’re designing and installing.”

This 2-hour Continuing Education class is an excellent pre-curser to SEI’s 6-hour courses for 2020 and 2017 NEC Code which take a deep-dive into the details of each version of the code.

SEI’s courses were developed by Brian Mehalic, SEI PV Developer and Trainer with extensive experience in design and installation of over 150 systems ranging from residential off-grid to commercial grid-interactive, advising on quality assurance inspections, commissioning and troubleshooting for top companies in the solar industry.

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