Solar Education and Workshops

Free classes, workshops and webinars from PG&E: Learn everything from how to choose a renewable energy system for your home to how to maintain an existing solar system.

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Below find brief descriptions of our most popular classes along with downloadable slide presentations created by PG&E instructors. Use the link above to search our class schedule for the most current information about classes offered in your area.

In-person Classes and Workshops

Solar Power Basics
Overview for residential customers interested in learning the basics about solar power systems for the home.
Solar Power Basics (August 2012) (PDF, 1.3 MB)
Both the two-hour class and an abbreviated, 30-minute version are available on video.

Basics of Photovoltaic (PV) Systems for Grid-tied Applications
Introduction to PV systems and an overview of technical, economic and project evaluation of grid-connected PV projects.
Basics of PV Grid-Tied (August 2012) (PDF, 6.9 MB)

Photovoltaic (PV) Site Analysis and System Sizing
Intermediate class discussing specific issues associated with analyzing PV sites and determining the right system size.

Understanding Financial Analysis Methods for Photovoltaic (PV) Systems
Overview of solar system costs and approximate savings for residential systems, as well as tax benefits and incentives.

Inspecting Photovoltaic (PV) Systems for Code Compliance
Advanced class covering inspection and permitting of PV grid-tied systems in all sectors, including commercial, industrial, small business, multi-family and residential.
Inspecting PV Systems for Code Compliance (August 2012) (PDF, 3.9 MB)

Integrating Energy Efficiency and Renewables in Home Retrofits
Overview of a “whole-system” approach for homes and buildings, performance, and how it ties in with energy efficiency.
Integrating EE and Renewables in Home Retrofits (August 2012) (PDF, 3.8 MB)

Solar Water Heating Systems Basics (also offered as a webinar)
Basic concepts for residential and commercial solar water heating systems, including types of collectors, site location and feasibility.
Solar Water Heating Basics (August 2012) (PDF, 4.1 MB)

California Solar Initiative (CSI) Thermal Program Workshop
Required introductory course for contractors and applicants interested in the California Solar Initiative (CSI) Thermal program. The CSI Thermal program offers incentives for the installation of solar water heating systems to displace gas and electric use on residential, multi-family and commercial properties. Understand the program, its requirements, eligible technologies and the application process.
CSI Thermal Workshop (March 2014) (PDF, 2.4 MB), Inspection Checklist (XLS, 64 KB)

Webinars

Renewable Energy Basics
Key concepts necessary for everyone interested in renewable energy for entrepreneurs, customers, advocates, regulators or informed citizens. The class covers terms and concepts such as net metering, feed-in tariffs, grid parity, renewable energy credits, smart grid and more.
Renewable Energy: Essential Terms and Concepts (August 2012) (PDF, 1.9 MB)

Consumer Protection Before and After Purchasing a Solar Panel System
Information to find a solar contractor in your area, compare prices, and protect yourself against fraud.
Consumer Protection—Before and After Purchasing a Solar PV System (June 2012) (PDF, 1.4 MB)

Solar Billing: Understanding Your Residential Net Energy Metering (NEM) Bill

Overview for PG&E customers with Net Energy Metering billing, including what bills to expect and how to read the solar bill and statement.
Understanding Your Residential Net Energy Metering Bill (April 2013) (PDF, 363 KB)

Net Energy Metering Aggregation (NEMA):

This webinar will provide an overview of NEMA and will include information on eligibility requirements, metering requirements, and application requirements and process.
Net Energy Metering Aggregation - NEMA (June 2014) (PDF, 450 KB)

Making Your Solar Net Energy Metering Interconnection Application and Process Easier
Overview of the Net Energy Metering application and interconnection process, including helpful tips to ensure faster processing.
Making your Solar Net Energy Metering Interconnection Application and Process Easier (March 2013) (PDF, 265 KB)

Making Your Rule 21 Interconnection Application and Process Easier
Overview of PG&E’s Rule 21 interconnection process for fuel cells and combined heat and power systems, including helpful tips to ensure faster processing.
Making your Rule 21 Interconnection Application and Process Easier (May 2012) (PDF, 492 KB)

Solar Water Heating Basics
Basic concepts for residential solar water heating systems, including types of collectors, site location and feasibility.
Solar Water Heating Basics (August 2012) (PDF, 4.1 MB)
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Solar Water Heating Commercial Systems
Overview of the concepts and issues unique to larger-scale commercial solar systems.
Solar Water Heating Commercial Systems (October 2012) (PDF, 1 MB)

An Overview of Eligible Technologies for the Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP)
Overview of the eligible technologies covered through the Self-generation Incentive Program (SGIP), including wind, fuel cell and Advanced Energy Storage (AES).
Eligible SGIP Technologies (July 2012) (PDF, 618 KB)

California Solar Initiative (CSI) Application: How to Efficiently Apply for CSI Incentives
Overview of the application process for the California Solar Initiative incentive through PowerClerk. Learn to avoid common mistakes that could delay your reservation and/or payment.
How to Efficiently Apply for CSI (September 2012) (PDF, 1.7 MB)

New Solar Homes Partnership (NSHP) Program Application Process
Overview of the New Solar Homes Partnership program, including incentives, requirements and the online application process.
NSHP Application Process (May 2014) (PDF, 782 KB)

Using the Green Button for Solar
Understand how to use PG&E’s Green Button to download personalized energy usage data for your solar energy system.
Using the Green Button (August 2012) (PDF, 0.9 MB)

How Net Energy Metering (NEM) Works
Overview of tariffs and rate schedules for Net Energy Metering customers.
How NEM Works (May 2014) (PDF, 602 KB)

Contact Us

In addition to the classes listed here, we are working hard to identify new solar classes that are of interest to you. Contact PG&E to offer a suggestion on a topic for a new solar class.

Email: solar@pge.com

Phone: Solar Customer Service Center 1-877-743-4112 (general solar inquiries)

 

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