10 2018 WECA Year In Review/2019 90th Anniversary Year NEW PARTNER ADDS 4 NEW SOLAR COURSES WECA PARTNERS WITH SOLAR ENERGY INTERNATIONAL WECA partnered with Solar Energy Internaional (SEI) which brought four courses from SEI to WECA’s solar-specific course catalog: “Solar Electric Design and Installation,” “Advanced PV System Design and the NEC,” “PV System Fundamentals,” and “Tools and Techniques for Operation and Maintenance.” These unique 6-week courses range from introductory level to advanced level training, helping students explore the fundamentals of solar components, system architectures, and applications for photovoltaic (PV) systems to the inspection, commissioning, performance verification, and troubleshooting of PV systems. Students work through interactive online activities, powerpoints, readings, quizzes, exercises, and homework, all available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the full duration of the course. Students who complete these courses successfully will gain not only Electrician Trainee/Continuing Education (ET/CE) hours for California through WECA, but also North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) training hours through SEI. Successful completion of “Solar Electric Design and Installation” paired with “PV System Fundamentals” also qualifies students to sit for the NABCEP PV Associate Exam. With the need for highly trained PV electricians rapidly growing in California, WECA Curriculum Development Lead Mike Moyer believes “It’s great that WECA is able to partner with SEI to offer another way for the WECA community to get solar training. Our apprenticeship program covers solar basics, our existing online self- paced courses “Solar Power for Electricians” and “Faultless Solar” take solar to the next level for Journeyman Electricians and Advanced Electrician Trainees, and now our partnership with SEI allows another level of training for these students, plus the opportunity for NABCEP certification.” Three of these courses, FVOL101: Diseño e Instalación Solar Eléctrica (Sistemas Interactivos), FVOL202: Diseño  Fotovoltaico  Avanzado y El NEC  (Sistemas Interactivos), and FVOL203: Fundamentos De Sistemas Fotovoltaicos Basados en Baterías, are also available in Spanish, bolstering WECA’s multi-language course offerings. PVOL 101: Solar Electric Design and Installation PVOL202: Advanced PV System Design and the NEC (Grid-Direct) PVOL203: PV System Fundamentals (Battery-Based) PVOL350: Tools and Techniques for Operations and Maintenance FVOL101: DISEÑO E INSTALACIÓN SOLAR ELÉCTRICA (SISTEMAS INTERACTIVOS) FVOL202: DISEÑO FOTOVOLTAICO AVANZADO Y EL NEC (SISTEMAS INTERACTIVOS) FVOL203: FUNDAMENTOS DE SISTEMAS FOTOVOLTAICOS BASADOS EN BATERÍAS