Solar Education and Workshops
Free classes, workshops and webinars from PG&E
Learn everything from selecting the renewable energy system to power your business to the benefits of running a green business.
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.
Solar Electric Systems
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.
Download 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, multifamily and residential.
Download Inspecting PV Systems for Code Compliance (August 2012) (PDF, 3.9 MB)
Solar Water Heating Systems Basics
Basic concepts for residential and commercial solar water heating systems, including types of collectors, site location and feasibility.
Download 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, multifamily and commercial properties. Understand the program, its requirements, eligible technologies and the application process.
Download CSI Thermal Workshop (December 2015) (PDF, 5.7 MB)
Download Inspection Checklist (XLS, 64 KB)
Solar Electric Systems
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.
Download 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.
Download Consumer Protection—Before and After Purchasing a Solar PV System (June 2012) (PDF, 1.4 MB)
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.
Download 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.
Download Making your Rule 21 Interconnection Application and Process Easier (May 2012) (PDF, 492 KB)
Solar Water Heating Systems
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)
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)
Get a quick estimate of the cost and size of the system you will need to power your business.
Understand your bill
- Download Understand How Virtual Net Energy Metering works (PDF, 5.8 MB)
- Solar customers receive detailed bills on their energy use.
Learn how it all works.