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Thursday, December 30, 2021
8:30 am – 4:00 pm CDT


Presented by:
Jeff Gilbert

An Overview of Solar Photovoltaics (PV)
Solar PV industry trends and stats
The nature of PV
Net metering
PV project economics, trends and ownership

PV System Predesign Considerations
Codes, standards and certifications
Installation site assessments
Inverter topologies and capabilities
Common system configurations
Solar array mounting methods

PV System Design
Review of basic electrical terms
System sizing
Performance modeling
Inverter topologies and capabilities
Common system configurations
Solar array mounting methods
Series and parallel wiring
String sizing
Methods of grid interconnection

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

System Commissioning (CX)
Pre-energization testing
Post-energization testing
Performance verification and reporting
Installation-related failures

Operation and Maintenance (O&M)
Performing and managing O&M
Common maintenance issues


 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

AIA:     (AIA credits only available for attending live Webinar)
6.0 LU|HSW

International Code Council:
.6 CEUs (Energy)


Continuing Education Credit Information
Residential and Small Commercial Solar Photovoltaic Energy Systems
This webinar is open to the public and offers 6.0 PDHs to professional engineers and 6.0 HSW continuing education hours to architects licensed in all states.

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 HalfMoon Education as a sponsor of continuing education (Sponsor No. J885). This course has been submitted for AIA CES approval and is currently pending. Only full participation is reportable to the AIA CES.

The International Code Council has approved this event for .60 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 26 years of experience in the renewable energy industry and holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering. He provides solar energy consulting, training and inspection services within the solar energy and real estate industries. Under Azimuth Solar, in 2018 Mr. Gilbert was contracted by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to write a report entitled Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Plant Commissioning Best Practices. 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: Residential and Small Commercial Solar Photovoltaic Energy Systems

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This course examines the basics of residential and small commercial solar photovoltaic (PV) energy systems, including solar PV economics, system design, siting and sizing, project implementation, and operation and maintenance.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to describe common residential and small commercial PV system configurations, and will be able to navigate pre-design considerations, including safety issues, codes, standards and certifications, and solar mounting methods.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to discuss the economics of solar PV, including current industry trends, project cost, and net metering.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to explain key factors that must be considered in order to select and design the appropriate PV system for the project, including system sizing, performance modeling, system configuration, and various methods of grid interconnection.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to safely navigate PV system implementation steps, including system commissioning, permitting, utility interconnection agreements, system grounding, and future operation and maintenance issues.

LUs: 6.0                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with renewable energy systems

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: None

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.