Kentucky Solar Energy Society
Free Introductory Courses
Introduction to Renewable Energy - Free online course offered by Solar Energy International (SEI) in English and Spanish. Participants receive a Certificate of Completion upon successful completion.
Solar Retrofits for Weatherization and Remodel - Free online course offered by the State of Pennsylvania. Covers necessary basics of siting and sizing, installation, hot water and PV.
Primers on Solar PV and Wind - Free (with $20 membership) webinars from Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA), an excellent organization located just east of Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Membership includes admission to the annual MREA Energy Fair held the 3rd weekend in June.
Organizations Offering Training
Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) - Located in central Wisconsin. Offers high quality training in solar PV, solar thermal and wind. Most classes in Wisconsin. Lots of opportunity for hands-on advanced courses.
Solar Energy International - Colorado-based organization offering high-quality live as well as online training in solar PV, solar thermal, wind and micro-hydro. Live locations / trainings vary and are often interesting.
SolarPro Listings - SolarPro magazine keeps an updated ever-changing list of the many various training opportunities occuring in the near future across the nation, at any given time. You can check the SolarPro website and can also sign up for a free subscription to theonline magazine, as well as e-mail updates.
Home Power Magazine - Invaluable resource. Tons and tons of good info on PV and thermal systems. Whatever your question, it's probably been addressed in Home Power. A subscription allows you to access its full archives for the last 24 years.
Lots of free articles on basics available without a subscription. Check it out.
Solar Electric Handbook: Photovoltaic Fundamentals and Applications (textbook with interactive eBook) - published by Solar Energy International.
"Solar Water Heating" by Bob Ramlow and Benjamin Nusz - Good book on how to do solar thermal systems for residential hot water and / or space heating.
"The Kentucky Solar Energy Guide" by Andy McDonald and Joshua Bills - Text on solar in Kentucky. Out of print, but most chapters available by free download.
Caleffi Hydronic Solutions articles - Caleffi is an international plumbing and hydronics materials supplier with its US base in Milwaukee, WI. Caleffi has prepared a number of detailed publications on the design and performance of solar thermal systems. Caleffi offers them for free. Check the "Technical Library" button