SunShot Initiative > New Solar Training Course

Special Opportunity for Design Professionals

The U.S. solar energy market is booming and demand for solar is at an all-time high. As more individuals decide to go solar, a new national solar training course is helping designers grab their market share of this new technology and add solar expertise to their list of qualifications. Design professionals play a crucial role in the decision since they are in the unique position of educating building owners, appraisers and code officials as part of every project. In partnership with AIA and ASHRAE, the Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP) and the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) are offering solar training for design professionals in 22 metropolitan areas across the United States. LU/HSW are provided.

The training is specially designed to educate architects and engineers on how to incorporate solar photovoltaics (PV) into their design plans, how to differentiate themselves in the marketplace by offering solar PV to the clients, how to speak with clients about the benefits of solar PV, and where to find information on the financial incentives available for solar PV.

Solar PV systems provide many benefits. Solar can increase property value and significantly reduce a building’s operating costs over its lifetime.

Training Topics


  • Basic solar technical information
  • Policy and community benefits
  • Building and structural design considerations
  • Current state of the PV market
  • Role of design professionals

These trainings are funded by the U.S Department of Energy SunShot Initiative’s Solar Training and Education for Professionals (STEP) program, which aims to make solar electricity competitive with traditional energy sources by the end of the decade.

Click here to meet our trainers.
PV 101
STEP Into the Sun: Solar Training for Design Professionals


AIA CEUs8:30am – 4:00pm
(includes lunch)

$100 for professionals
$80 for veterans and nonprofit employees
$50 for students

7.5 LU/HSW

Learning Objectives
Course participants will learn to…

  • Act in a leadership capacity to increase solar PV deployment in your community and in your practice
  • Use the applicable codes and standards required to design safe solar PV installations
  • Make an actionable connection between policy objectives for solar deployment and AIA sustainability and 2030 goals
  • Distinguish among and understand the appropriate application for different types of solar energy systems

Project Partners


SunShot Initiative News

View all SunShot Initiative posts →

Want to get the latest updates on when our solar PV training is coming to a city near you? Subscribe to our mailing list.
* indicates required

Originally published on: 

This page was last modified on: March 23, 2017