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Presenter: Jeff Gilbert

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Columbia, MD

Sheraton Columbia Town Center Hotel
10207 Wincopin Circle
Columbia, MD 21044
Phone: 410-730-3900

This seminar is closed or full.


Registration:                        8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:                8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Lunch (On your own):         12:00 - 1:00 pm

Afternoon Session:             1:00 - 4:30 pm

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 Electric 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

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors

Professional Engineers
     6.5 PDHs

     6.5 HSW LUs/CE Hours
     6.5 AIA LU|HSW

     Non-Credit Continuing Ed.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 6.5 PDHs to professional engineers in all states. HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education provider for Maryland engineers.

This course offers 6.5 HSW LUs/continuing education hours to architects in all states. Courses approved by the American Institute of Architects are accepted in Maryland.

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved this seminar for 6.5 LU|HSW (Sponsor number J885). Only full attendance is reportable to the AIA/CES. Visit www.halfmoonseminars.org to view complete AIA/CES information under this course listing.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida, Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), North Carolina, and North Dakota. HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York engineers and architects. (Regulations of the Commissioner §68.14(i)(2) and §69.6(i)(2)).

This course offers a non-credit continuing education opportunity to construction contractors. It has not been approved by any state contractor licensing entity for continuing education credit.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire event. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.


Jeff Gilbert

Owner, President of Azimuth Solar LLC

Mr. Gilbert brings over 24 years of experience in the renewable energy industry and holds a B.S. 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.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $289.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $289.00
Group Prices
3 or more people each: $269.00

Each registration includes one copy of a manual prepared by the seminar speakers.

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 (cesupport@aia.org 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

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 doug@halfmoonseminars.org 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.