Solar PV Bootcamp

Solaric and Dr. Sean White has teamed up to provide the most comprehensive and best PV Bootcamp for solar installers and solar companies in the Philippines. Solaric has done hundreds of rooftop installations around the Philippines. Dr. Sean White is a world renowned Solar PV Expert with decades of experience in PV Technology. You will earn 2 certificates: Photon Academy (International) and Whitehouse Solar (USA).

The SOLAR PV BOOTCAMP is an intensive 5-day solar PV design and installation class with a hands-on workshop component. This course qualifies you for the NABCEP Entry Level Exam (taken in the USA Only). It will also teach you how to design, source, plan and install solar in Philippine conditions and minimize problems you may encounter in installing permitting and net metering approvals in your future solar projects.

We will also have guest speakers from all around the solar Industry – Solar Farm Developers, Utility Company Net Metering Experts, Manufacturers of Solar equipment, Solar Financing, and Solar Project Managers.

Who should attend: Solar professionals or entrepreneurs. A factory or business owner or facilities manager thinking about installing solar on their facility, anyone thinking about getting into the solar business, anyone planning to install a sizable (10Wp+) solar system on their roof, anyone with a passion or interest in learning about solar.

Date: July 18-22, 2016 (Monday through Friday)

Time: 8AM to 5PM

Fee: P38,000 vat-inclusive which includes: handouts/workbook, exam, certificate, lunch, and AM & PM snacks daily. Please pre-register – absolutely no walk-ins will be allowed.

10% discount for early-bird bookings (Paid on or before July 8, 2016 Friday)

10% discount for groups of 4 or more (cannot combine discounts)


Makati Sports Club Salcedo Room Leviste St., Salcedo Village, Makati

CLICK HERE FOR Directions / Map

Topics covered:

Day 1:

  • Solar PV Introduction: Renewable energy trend (global and local), Solar PV opportunities. PV markets & applications
  • Safety Basics: Including PV specific safety hazards, the Philippines Electric Code & OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration)
  • Electrical Basics: Electrical circuit components, electrical test equipment, utility systems, testing voltage, current and resistance, measuring Voc, Isc and voltage and current under load
  • Solar Energy Fundamentals: Making & reading a sun path diagram, Magnetic vs. true azimuth, PV shading principles, Shade analysis tools (Solmetric, Pathfinder, CAD & common sense), Shading ratios, 9am-3pm solar window & inter-row distribution
  • PV Modules: Plotting Voc, Isc, Vmp, Imp and Pmp on the I-V curve, testing current, voltage, power and energy, measuring Irradiance and temperature & the IV curve, PV & battery charging, STC, NOCT, PVUSA, CEC and PTC, Testing PV efficiency (commissioning a module)

Day 2:

  • Installing System Components: Turning on PV, inverters, chargers, storage & sources, Testing anti-islanding, installing BOS, Programming power conditioning, Installing PV system components for different PV system types, Small off-grid PV system installation
  • Grid Tie, Offgrid, Hybrid, and “Hybrid OffGrid” differences and when to apply each one.
  • PV System Materials: Choosing your own PV system – students will try their skills at choosing PV, Inverters, Racking, etc. We will help and critique systems.
  • PV System Electrical Installation: Applying the Local Electric Code, Line drawing exercises, Performing PV series & parallel connections for different applications, Choosing and using conductors, ampacity, conductor sizing & OCPD requirements, PV & BOS installation parameters, installing labeling & ground systems. Voltage drop & voltage rise testing, the process of installing a PV system according to code, and Philippine Electric Code – looking for code violations

Day 3:

  • PV System Mechanical Installation: Installing Roof, Ground, Pole, Trackers, BIPV, Compare different types of PV integration, Installing for PV temperature and wind variables, Installing roofing & PV, Estimating mechanical loads, Mechanical installation/components, Mechanical installation for thermal, orientation & electrical performance, Installing to manufacturers’ instructions & Local Electric Code
  • Performance Analysis, Maintenance, Commissioning & Troubleshooting: Performance problems, Performance monitoring & parameters, Expected versus actual performance, Maintenance, Operation & Management (O&M) safety, Most common system failures, Maintenance planning to manufacturers’ instructions, Dx & treatment of unhealthy PV systems
  • Net Metering rules & guidelines, DU Net-Metering application and guide, Grid connection standards and guide
  • Hands on PV Installation: Miniature & Flat Roof hands-on exercise

Day 4:

  • PV Solar typical harvest expectations, how to calculate Return On Investment, how to calculate and a size a system to the user’s base load
  • Fastening PV to roofing systems, covering different types of roofs. Galvanic Corrosion, Finding Rafters, Hangar Bolts/Pull Out Strength Tests, Composition Asphalt, Flat Tile & Barrel Tile Roofs, Methods for Finding Rafters, Drilling Holes, Installing Hangar Bolts, Waterproofing Gaskets, Caulking Tips,
  • Inverter Connection Hands on PV with Microinverters, AC modules, and/or String inverters including installation, grounding, and wiring at panelboard / inverter wall & in classroom.
  • 120% Rule, Supply Side Connection, Breaker sizing, DC conductor sizing, Grounding Solar PV Parts OEM/Supply,Parts and supply options,Standard compliance

Day 5:

  • Equipment Discussion: Transformerless versus Transformer Based Inverters, Differences in Fuse Requirements, Differences in DC Disconnect Requirements, Grounded Conductor Requirements, NEC 2011 Maintenance Disconnect Exception
  • Other Considerations: Local rules (LGU, NBCP, PEC, Distribution Code, etc.), Standard practices
  • Advanced Topics: Exam preparation, NABCEP Practice Exams, Discussion: Mapping your future, Further study, licensing & certifications
  • Final Examination, Grading, & Certificate Presentation

*** We will have time for Q&A with guest speakers. We will have several guest speakers throughout the week with topics ranging from Philippine solar finance to technical Q&A with local electrical contractors, utility company net metering experts, solar farm developers, and equipment (solar panel, racking, and /or inverter) manufacturers.


  1. Generally, attire is business casual. On the day where we have an outdoor component: wear comfortable clothes, rubber shoes and safety or sunglasses required. You will get sweaty on that day, so change of clothes and also rain gear if bad weather.
  2. Your calculator or cellphone calculator.
  3. There will be WIFI in the classroom, it works 95% of the time.
  4. There is parking downstairs outside the building on a first come first served basis.
  5. If you have any food allergies please notify us ahead of time.
  6. Can you take this course if you have zero technical knowledge, not an engineer/electrician, etc? Absolutely! The class is designed for someone with zero knowledge in solar and electrical.

Any questions? Call 621-2626 or Text:0917-625-0015