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Solar energy classes to be taught at LCCC


GODFREY – With the surge of interest in alternative energy, two classes this spring will assist students who want to learn more about design and installation of solar energy sources.

Solar Design and Installation (SOLR-120-A1) and Grid Tied Solar Design (SOLR-121) offer students a basic understanding and hands on experience with alternative energy.

Luke Jumper, Lewis and Clark’s Architectural Technology program coordinator, teaches the classes. He said students taking both classes will gain a basic understanding of photovoltaic systems.

“Both classes would appeal to anyone exploring photovoltaic or solar cells as an alternate energy source,” Jumper said. “The classes are set up for a novice as well as a professional. Whether you are contractor who wants to increase your knowledge on the job or you are someone interested in alternative energy for your home or other structure, you will learn a lot of valuable information as well as get some hands-on experience.”

Jumper encourages students to take both two-credit hour classes which are offered one evening a week on the Godfrey campus.

Solar Design and Installation (SOLR-120-A1) runs from Tuesday, Jan. 17, through Tuesday, March 7. It is a prerequisite to Grid Tied Solar Design (SOLR-121) which begins March 21 and runs through May 9.

Solar Design and Installation is a two credit class which presents competencies and expected outcomes for photovoltaic design and installation. Students learn the fundamentals of sizing a residential battery-less grid-tied system, wire sizing, over-current protection, and grounding. The course also reviews fundamental design criteria for off-grid stand-alone systems including specifying batteries, controllers, and battery-based inverters.

Students advancing to Grid Tied Solar Design will learn about advanced photovoltaic design and grid tied installations and apply the standards presented in the National Electric Code as they perform grid interface calculations, ground considerations and wire sizing. Students will evaluate a photovoltaic system under various operating systems and will also evaluate batteries and their sizing, charge controllers, and hybrid systems.

Registration for both classes is open. For more information visit or for information about enrolling at Lewis and Clark visit or call (618) 468-7000 or 1-800-YES-LCCC.

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