PHOTON Academy Workshop Series 2016


PHOTON Academy Workshops cover fundamentals in design, installation and evaluation of residential and commercial solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, off-grid and on-grid based systems. The course curriculum focuses on international installation standards set in relation to the domestic guidelines of each host country. The knowledge taught in this course is a prerequisite to successfully pass the PHOTON Academy Solar PV Installers Exam.



PHOTON Academy 5-day EPC Workshop:

Installing and Designing PV Systems 


This 40-hour comprehensive training workshop will teach participants how solar photovoltaic systems work, how they are designed, how to predict the output of a system, and how systems are installed. The program will cover the fundamentals of PV, such as how voltage, current, power and energy interrelate (which is very different from the conventional electric systems), and also fundamental knowledge about the economics and expected payback period. Participants will determine how to calculate for variables, such as roof slope, weather patterns, shading, tilt angles, and temperature effects on voltage and equipment variables. Most of all, they will enjoy learning how to install and design safe and cost effective photovoltaic systems.

Those who complete this course will be prepared to become a professional solar photovoltaic installer and system designer. Participants will also earn credit units for the PHOTON Academy Entry Level PV Examination. Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to demonstrate understanding of the basic concepts, principles and applications required by PHOTON Academy as well as the official energy authorities in most countries:

  • Renewable Energy Opportunities
  • PV Markets and Applications
  • Safety Basics
  • Electricity Basics
  • Solar Energy Fundamentals
  • PV Module Fundamentals
  • System Components
  • PV System Sizing Principles
  • PV System Electrical Design
  • PV System Mechanical Design
  • Performance Analysis
  • Maintenance and Troubleshooting
  • Net-Metering Guide and Standards
  • Grid Connection Considerations

 ➢  Click here to review the full syllabus & course curriculum
of the 40-Hour PV Installation Workshop. [PDF 260KB]



This training program is designed for those who intend to pursue a professional career in solar PV system design and installation such as solar installers, contractors, project managers, engineers, electricians, quality inspectors, technical support crew and customer service professionals in the solar energy industry.

The workshop is also ideal for everyone who as a result of already working in this field needs to deepen knowledge about the practical aspects of PV system installations. The workshop therefore unites participants from a wide range of personal backgrounds, such as electricians, engineers, energy professionals, architects, contractors, plumbers, homebuilders, salespeople, students, enthusiasts, and more.



  • 12-35 people



     Dr. Sean White    IREC

      Dr. Sean White
      Award Winning "IREC Trainer of the Year 2014"  

Dr. White is an IREC Certified Master Trainer for PV installation. He is a NABCEP certified solar PV installation professional and was on the NABCEP PV Installer Exam Committee and helped author the NABCEP PV Installer Task Analysis. He is a licensed electrician and a licensed solar contractor in California. His approach appeals to both beginners and solar experts looking to expand their knowledge. Student evaluations demonstrate that Dr. White’s knowledge, passion, and pedagogy are outstanding. Keeping students excited, awake and informed is the trilogy of his learning theory. He finds great satisfaction in sharing his knowledge of PV with his students. Dr. White has worked on and is actively consulting on many PV projects throughout the world. Review his full resume at:







    • Kingston, Jamaica February 15-19, 2016
    • Manila, Philippines February 29 - March 4, 2016
    • Tel-Aviv, Israel April 4-8, 2016
    • Durban, South Africa April 11-15, 2016
    • Accra, Ghana April 25-29, 2016
    • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia May 9-13, 2016
    • Shanghai, China May 30 - June 3, 2016
    • Bangkok, Thailand June 6-10, 2016
    • Taipei, Taiwan June 20-24, 2016
    • Jakarta, Indonesia July 4-8, 2016
    • San Francisco, USA July 15-19, 2016
    • Mexico City, Mexico September 19-23, 2016
    • Dubai, UAE September 26-30, 2016
    • New Delhi, India October 24-28, 2016
    • Dublin, Ireland November 14-18, 2016
    • Toronto, Canada December 12-16, 2016

    More dates and venues to come soon. Come around again for updates.
    If you desire a workshop in your area, please send us your request per email.



€ 950,- per person*  
€ 830,- for PHOTON Magazine subscribers

Every participant will receive a booklet of the comprehensive workshop documents, snacks, a set lunch, and a PHOTON Academy Workshop Certificate upon completion of the course.

*(Early bird discounts as are available well as group booking discounts starting 3 persons and above.)



For registration please send the filled out application form to:
   Tel.  +49-30-3465546-26
   Fax  +49-30-3465546-30

     Apply for PHOTON Solar Boot Camp  [PDF 220KB]




Prefer studing online at your own pace and saving traveling costs?
Our collaborations with Kaplan and Heatspring are providing you with exactly this compfort. There are also plenty of free online courses and combinations of online and live trainings available in their portfolio, so make sure to check it out:



Ecotech Training's Online Solar PV Mastery Training was designed to train the next generation of solar professionals. This intensive course will provide a strong foundation of knowledge, as well as focus on the real-world installation skills that will be used in the solar field. This course also provides participants with the required training hours to sit for the NABCEP Associate PV Exam. Click the link for more information or to get started today!



Heatspring provides you with pure online training courses for solar professionals. The following courses have been created by Dr. Sean White according to PHOTON standards:




For companies interested in sponsorship opportunities please contact with:

   Mr. Nicolaus J. Yuan
   Tel.  +49-30-3465546-26
   Fax  +49-30-3465546-30




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