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Online Courses Train Individuals for Work in the Renewable Energy Industry

Registration Now Open for Courses Starting June 15th

COTATI, Calif., June 10, 2009 — With all the current interest in renewable sources of energy, you could say things are heating up in the solar energy industry. Sun Pirate, a solar contractor, is anticipating an increased demand for certified solar energy professionals and is offering two online courses this summer to help meet that demand.

The courses — Fundamentals of Solar Water Heating and Photovoltaic System Design & Installation — will concentrate on the basics of installing code-compliant solar energy systems. Course material will cover practical design criteria, installation guidelines, safety issues, maintenance and legal considerations of solar hot water heating systems and/or photovoltaic power systems.

Roger Coghlan, president of Sun Pirate, developed the course material and is the instructor for both online courses. He has a bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies and Planning, with a certificate in Energy Management and Design from Sonoma State University. He also holds a California Vocational Education Teaching Credential.

"Our primary goal with the renewable energy courses we offer," said Coghlan, "is to help provide our industry and communities a knowledgeable and skilled professional workforce."

The courses are designed for all levels of professionals. They are ideal for veterans preparing to take the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) certification exam. The courses will aid current practitioners who simply want to brush up on their skills and knowledge. They also are tailored for those who plan to be employed in the field and want to gain the initial fundamentals for an entry-level job.

Sun Pirate Online Training courses are developed in accordance with Interstate Renewable Energy Council/IPSQ Standard 01021. Sun Pirate is an accredited continuing education provider through Interstate Renewable Energy Counsel (IREC). Sun Pirate's courses count for part of the NABCEP requirements to sit for the Photovoltaic Exam and count for continuing education credits to maintain professional certifications.

The 11-week Fundamentals of Solar Hot Water Heating course costs $495; the 16-week Photovoltaic System Design & Installation course costs $595. Students will be given the opportunity to finish in time to meet the NABCEP deadlines, though they will still need to participate in the bulletin boards and all course assignments. The hot water course counts for 40 hours (now increased from 20) for training hours required to sit for NABCEP exam, and the Photovoltaic counts for 60 hours (up from 30).

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About Sun Pirate

Sun Pirate is primarily a solar contractor (Calif. State License #404732: Hot Water C-4, HVAC C-20 and Solar C-46) specializing in solar pool heating, solar water heating and solar electric power systems. Sun Pirate has installed, serviced and upgraded solar energy systems since 1981.

Grant Brott
Sun Pirate, Inc.
United States
PO BOX 187
Cotati, Ca 94931

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