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8:00 – 8:30 am CST
Morning Session
8:30 am – 12:00 pm CST
12:00 – 12:30 pm CST
Afternoon Session
12:30 – 4:00 pm CST


Presented by Jeff Gilbert

An Overview of Solar Photovoltaics (PV)
Solar PV industry trends and stats
The nature of PV (IV curves, temperature, irradiance and efficiency)
PV project economics, cost trends and ownership models

PV System Predesign Considerations
National and international standards for PV
The National Electrical Code (NEC)
Certifications, training and qualifications
(NABCEP, NETA, Safety, Master Electrician)

PV System Design
System performance modeling and modeling software
Inverter topographies and capabilities
Common system configurations (including series and parallel wiring)
Solar array mounting methods and the pros and cons of each
String sizing
Methods of grid interconnection

Project Implementation
Permitting and interconnection
Utility interconnection agreements
PV system grounding
Construction and project management

System Commissioning (CX)
PV plant commissioning timeline
Pre-energization testing
Post-energization testing
Performance verification
Most common CX related failures

Operation and Maintenance (O&M)
Performance monitoring
Inspection checklists
Electrical testing and thermography
Common and not-so-common maintenance issues


Webinar Instructions

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
6.5 PDHs

6.5 HSW CE Hours
6.5 AIA LU|HSW  (AIA credits only available for attending live Webinar.)

International Code Council
.65 CEUs (Energy)


Continuing Education Credit Information
This webinar offers 6.5 PDHs to professional engineers and 6.5 HSW continuing
education hours to architects licensed in all states. These hours can be applied to ethics
requirements or general CE requirements.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in
Florida (Provider No. 5554646), Indiana (License No. CE21655559), Maryland, New Jersey
(Approval No. 24GP55555655), North Carolina (S-5135), and North Dakota. 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 6.5 LU|HSW (Sponsor No. J885). Only full participation is reportable to the

The International Code Council has approved this event for .65 CEUs in the specialty area
of Energy (Preferred Provider No. 1232).

Completion certificates will be awarded to participants who complete this event, respond
to prompts and earn a passing score (80%) on the quiz that follows the presentation
(multiple attempts allowed).


Jeff Gilbert

Owner, President of Azimuth Solar LLC

Mr. Gilbert brings over 28 years of experience in the renewable energy industry and holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering. He is president of Azimuth Solar where he provides solar energy consulting, training and inspection services within the solar energy and real estate industries. From 2013 to 2016 he served as director of operations and maintenance (O&M) for Vigilant Energy Management, overseeing a portfolio of over 100 commercial PV systems. In 2000 Mr. Gilbert co-founded Chesapeake Solar, a leading mid-Atlantic solar energy company. In 2008 his company was listed on Inc. Magazine’s 500 fastest-growing small companies, and later that same year the company was acquired by groSolar, one of the nation’s leading solar energy companies at the time. He served on the board of directors for the local chapter of the Solar Energy Industries Association (MDV-SEIA) and was chair of the Potomac Region Solar Energy Association (PRSEA) for four years starting in 1998. Mr. Gilbert has been certified by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) for both thermal and photovoltaic systems. 

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: Important Ingredients for a Successful Solar PV Project: Best Practices and Lessons Learned

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This 6.5-hour live lecture presentation examines solat photovoltaic (PV) IV curves, project economics, cost trends and ownership models. It also explores PV predesign codes and standards and PV system design, project implementation, sysyem commissioning, operation and maintenance.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to discuss with potential project owners the basic principles of solar photovoltaic (PV) technology, including IV curves, temperature, irrradiance, and efficiency

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to reference and comply with applicable codes and standards necessary in the predesign phase of a solar project.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to identify and describe the solar PV system components and design process, and they will be able descibe the implementation process of a PV system.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to explain the formal commissioning process that ensures a PV system is properly designed, installed, tested and performing to design specifications and project owners’ satisfaction.

LUs: 6.5                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Understanding of electrical systems

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 12/04/2022

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.

USB MP4/PDF Price: $299.00