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Thursday, June 8, 2023 
9:00 am – 4:00 pm CDT (including a 30-min. break) 


Presented by: Tim Montague


Quantifying the Costs and Benefits of Solar Energy  

  • Cost of components
  • Lifecycle costs
  • Solar system incentives
  • Solar renewable energy certificates (REC’s/SREC’s)
  • Calculating payback 


Evaluating Solar Sites 

  • Using solar site assessment tools
  • Location
  • Orientation
  • Shading 


Complying with Codes and Regulations  

  • International Building Code, International Residential Code
  • National Electrical Code
  • International Energy Conservation Code and Stretch Code
  • State and local regulations 


Exploring Materials and Components  

  • Developments in panels and films
  • Developments in inverters and optimizers
  • Racking and mounting systems
  • Software
  • Balance of system components 


Developments in Solar Energy Storage  

  • Battery storage technologies
  • Trends in modern battery storage
  • Battery use cases for distributed generation 
  • Future of battery storage at utility scale 


Installing Solar PV Energy Systems 

  • Site preparation
  • Permitting and code compliance 
  • Staging and installation
  • Safety considerations
  • Testing and commissioning 


 Webinar Instructions
Each webinar session earns continuing education credit and can be registered for individually. All attendees must log-on through their own email – attendees may not watch together if they wish to earn continuing education credit. HalfMoon Education Inc. must be able to prove attendance if either the attendee or HalfMoon Education Inc. is audited.

Certificates of completion can be downloaded in PDF form upon passing a short quiz. A link to the quiz will be sent to each qualifying attendee immediately after the webinar. The certificate can be downloaded from the Results page of the quiz upon scoring 80% or higher.

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Professional Engineers:
6.0 PDHs

6.0 HSW CE Hours

6.0 LU|HSW

International Code Council:
.6 CEUs (Energy)


Continuing Education Credit Information

This webinar is open to the public and is designed to qualify for 7.0 PDHs for professional engineers, 7.0 HSW continuing education hours for licensed architects, and 7.0 HSW continuing education hours for landscape architects in all states that allow this learning method. Please refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility. 

 HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida (Provider No. 0004647), Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700) and North Carolina (S-0130). HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York engineers and architects via its registration with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (Regulations of the Commissioner §68.14(i)(2) and §69.6(i)(2)). Other states do not preapprove continuing education providers or courses. 

 The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved this course for 7.0 HSW LUs (Sponsor No. J885). Only full participation is reportable to the AIA/CES. 

 The Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System has approved this course for 7.0 HSW PDHs. Only full participation is reportable to the LA CES. 

 The International Code Council has approved this event for .7 CEUs in the specialty area of Sitework (Preferred Provider No. 1232). 

 Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the webinar for those who attend the entire course and score a minimum 80% on the quiz that follows the course (multiple attempts allowed). 

  On-Demand Credits 
The preceding credit information only applies to the live presentation. This course in an on-demand format may not be eligible for the same credits as the live presentation; please consult your licensing board(s) to ensure that a structured, asynchronous learning format is appropriate. The following pre-approvals may be available for the on-demand format upon request: 

 7.0 HSW LUs (AIA) 

7.0 HSW PDHs (LA CES) 



Tim Montague, M.S.

Solar power expert at Clean Power Consulting Group

Tim Montague, M.S., is a solar PV expert, NABCEP PV Technical Sales certified solar professional and host of two podcasts: the Solar Podcast and the Clean Power Hour with co-host John Weaver. Mr. Montague is a business development executive for Continental Energy Solutions in Chicago, IL and has been involved with over 40 megawatts of solar projects in the Midwest including portfolios of community solar (3 MW DC), and many commercial, industrial, government, nonprofit and campus clients. Continental has built the two largest rooftop solar projects in the Midwest (Magid Glove and IKEA Joliet) and portfolios of Target and Walmart stores. He is passionate for the energy transition and spreading the news and best practices, technology and thought leadership via his two podcasts which you can see at where he covers topics like pollinator friendly solar, agrivoltaics, low-carbon solar panel manufacturing and much more. Mr. Montague works with commercial clients to help them achieve their energy conservation and sustainability goals through solar and battery storage solutions. He works with solar developers to help them bring profitable projects to the light of day. Mr. Montague holds a Master of Science in Botany from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a bachelor’s degree in ecology, evolution and behavior from the University of California at San Diego (UCSD).

AIA Info

AIA Provider Statement:

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number J885. All registered AIA/CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider of learning program may be sent to AIA/CES ( or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA/CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA/CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.

Course Title: Designing and Constructing Solar PV Energy Systems: Residential and Small Commercial Systems

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This six-hour course explores the materials, components, developments, design provisions and installation of residential and small commercial solar photovolatic energy systems. The course also explains the benefits of solar energy, how to perform solar site assessments, and the applicable codes and regulations.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to utilize solar site assessment tools to determine optimal location, orientation and shading.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to discuss racking and mounting systems, software, and recent developments in panels, films, inverters and optimizers.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to explore battery storage technologies, trends, use cases for distributed generation, and the future of battery storage at the utility scale.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to participate in site preparation, reference and comply with applicable building codes, and identify safety considerations.

LUs: 6.0                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with electrical systems

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 03/27/2026

Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to or by calling (715) 835-5900. A HalfMoon Education representative will respond within 72 hours to resolve the complaint, which will include, but not limited to, access to another CE activity at no or reduced cost or a full or partial refund. Each instance will be resolved on a case-by-case situation.