Welcome to the Solar Workforce Training Program! If you have been shared this page, you are officially a part of our April 2023 cohort. Below is a breakdown of our certificate programs with links to training videos, content, and quizzes.


About the Program:

IDEAS For Us is teaming up with 15 Lightyears to educate the next generation of solar installers! We are offering FREE educational classes and events that offer exclusive certificates in solar energy. All courses are offered separately, you can achieve between 1 and 7 certificates based on your interests in the field. Six of the courses are offered online, and the final certificate will be given at an in person solar installation at Infinite Zion Farms in Orlando. The program will end in late May with a networking event involving participants and companies in the solar industry.

About Our Partners:

15 Lightyears is a Florida Energy Company designing and installing solar to businesses and homes since 2012. They are a certified B Corp company acting as the lead educators of the Solar Workforce Training Program.

Important Notes:

  • These classes are offered online until June 19th. The course is live now to allow flexible hours so you can take courses at your own pace. After June 19th our program will be ended, meaning that you can take it as fast or as slow as your need to
  • You will recieve the certificates in mid May and late June. You are not required to complete all the modules, but an additional certificate will be provided to those that complete the entire course and the hands on solar workday. 
  • The in-person workday certificate at Infinite Zion Farms includes a hands-on solar panel building activity will require a separate sign up form that is coming soon and will be emailed to you.
  • The Deadline to complete the courses is June 19th
  • Certificates will be emailed on the week of the 15th and handed out at the networking event.
  • Sign up for the networking event on May 24th: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/solar-industry-networking-event-tickets-627289829767 
  • Questions? Email us at contact@ideasforus.org.June 19t

Introduction & Welcome Video

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Certificate #1:

Learn the basics of solar design and learn about the important factors that need to be considered when creating a solar system. This certificate includes variables such as the amount of energy needed, the amount of space available, and the layout of the property. 


How to Complete The Solar Design 101 Certificate:

Certificate #2:

Dive into the varying types of panels and the benefits of each kind. This will include discussing the Commercial vs Residential Solar Panel Difference, and panel types like Monocrystalline, Polycrystalline, PERC, and Thin Film Solar Panel Variations.


How to Complete The Solar Panel Types & Overview Certificate:

Certificate #3:

This certificate covers Solar Power AC / DC, the basics of interconnections, and the need for inverters.


How to Complete The Solar Electrical Basics Certificate:

Certificate #4:

Hear from solar companies on the Do’s and Don’ts in the interview process for solar companies.


How to Complete The Solar Interview Do’s & Don’ts Certificate:

Certificate #5:

This section covers the basics of solar racking and panel mounting and the varying types including Rail-based Ballasted, Anchored, Standing-Seam, Corrugated Roof, Fully-railed, Shared- rail, Rail- less, and Flush Roof.


How to Complete The Solar Racking & Panel Mounting Certificate:

Certificate #6:

Learn the basics of safety processes in the solar installation process and electrical engineering.


How to Complete The Safety 101 – Basics of Roof & Electrical Safety Certificate:

Certificate #7:
Solar Installation Training At Infinite Zion Farms

Get hands on experience by executing a solar installation with 15 Lightyears at Infinite Zion Farms (address linked here), an urban farm working to localize food systems in Orlando. This will be an all day event on June 9th. 


How to Complete The Solar Design 101 Certificate:

The future of solar looks bright.
Thanks for taking this training & for joining the solar energy community!