Sunspec Academy

WHAT IS IT

TECHNICAL TRAINING FOR DISTRIBUTED ENERGY PROFESSIONALS

SunSpec Academy offers technical training for DER and V2G industry participants. Available for free to members of the SunSpec Alliance and for purchase to non-members, these courses are available online and on-demand. 

AVAILABLE SUNSPEC ACADEMY COURSES

DER Installation Considerations

Solar Energy Basics

System Cybersecurity for IEEE 2030.5 DER Networks

Implementing Sunspec Modbus – Part 1

Implementing Sunspec Modbus – Part 2

DER Installation Considerations

Duration:
6 weeks
Price:
$195
Member Price:
FREE

With the passage of IEEE 1547-2018, as of 2021 nearly all Distributed Energy Resources, including solar PV, energy storage systems, and natural gas/diesel generators, will be required to communicate with utilities and system operators using communication protocols specified by the IEEE 1547 standard. While the application of data communication networks in this field is not new, the inclusion of data communication features in definition of a Distributed Energy Resource (DER) system makes data communication essential to the viability of the system. Accordingly, DER system installation companies are required to have personnel who know how to apply these technologies in a secure and reliable manner.

This course will provide individuals wishing to become network technicians in the energy business with the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to install, configure, and operate DER networks on rooftop, commercial, and utility-scale energy generation systems.

Solar Energy Basics

Duration:
6 weeks
Price:
$195
Member Price:
FREE

This course will help you understand the origins of PV technology; the development of solar PV as an energy generation resource; the value proposition of solar PV and energy storage to the typical U.S. consumer; the data communication technologies and regulatory considerations shaping the emerging energy market; and the job opportunities in this exciting field. It is intended for students interested in exploring employment opportunities in solar PV and energy storage installation, sales, design, finance, and operations positions.

System Cybersecurity for IEEE 2030.5 DER Networks

Duration:
6 weeks
Price:
$195
Member Price:
FREE

This course is an examination of the evolution of DER networks based on the IEEE 2030.5 standard, how this evolution introduces cybersecurity risks, and how these risks can be mitigated. While there are no pre-requisites for this course, students with prior knowledge of DER and/or data communication systems based on TCP/IP protocols will benefit most. It is intended for students who are interested in exploring technical (e.g. cybersecurity, engineering, software, systems management), professional (e.g. architecture, marketing, finance), and operational (e.g. operations & maintenance, sit monitoring) careers in the rapidly growing distributed energy industry. Students will acquire a foundation in the basic cybersecurity concepts that are needed to understand the more detailed considerations associated with securing DER in the grid.

Implementing Sunspec Modbus – Part 1

Duration:
6 weeks
Price:
$195
Member Price:
FREE

This course is intended for software developers, implementers of DER networking solutions, and others involved in DER manufacturing, operations, and support. Those seeking employment in this field, as well as those seeking to increase their knowledge, will benefit from this course. Students with prior knowledge of data communication, industrial networking, and software development will benefit most. In addition to credit from UC San Diego Extension, those seeking NABCEP certification will receive NABCEP credit. Military Veterans and other matriculants qualify to participate in a job placement program that is run by the SunSpec Alliance and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Implementing Sunspec Modbus – Part 2

Duration:
6 weeks
Price:
$195
Member Price:
FREE

This course is intended for software developers, implementers of DER networking solutions, and others involved in DER manufacturing, operations, and support. Those seeking employment in this field, as well as those seeking to increase their knowledge, will benefit from this course. Students with prior knowledge of data communication, industrial networking, and software development will benefit most. In addition to credit from UC San Diego Extension, those seeking NABCEP certification will receive NABCEP credit. Military Veterans and other matriculants qualify to participate in a job placement program that is run by the SunSpec Alliance and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.

SunSpec Academy

The goal of SunSpec Academy is to offer training, technical support, and educational resources for distributed energy and electric vehicle industry participants. Offered to both members and non-members of the SunSpec Alliance, SunSpec Academy training modules are available online and result in both SunSpec and NABCEP accredation. 

Technical Training

Designed to support companies onboarding new employees or building out new development teams, SunSpec Academy offers everything from introductory-level courses on current DER technologies, to expert-level training modules in SunSpec technologies such as SunSpec Modbus implementation, SunSpec Certification, and SunSpec software. 

SunSpec Support

As a mid-level tier of SunSpec Technical Support, SunSpec Academy offers a wealth of information to support implementation teams working with SunSpec technologies such as SunSpec Modbus, SunSpec Modbus for 1547, 2030.5 profiles, and SunSpec Rapid Shutdown. 

Educational Resources

As a trade alliance with the mission of accelerating the adoption of Distributed Energy and Vehicle-to-Grid technologies, SunSpec is committed to providing relevant educational materials to improve industry knowledge of important topics. 

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