Gainesville, Fla.— NCCER announces the 2010 release of the Contren® Learning Series Introduction to Solar Photovoltaics curriculum.

NCCER worked with subject matter experts representing industry from across the country to introduce relevant material into the new full-color, stand-alone module.

“The solar power industry will be the computer age for electricians, plumbers, and mechanics for all phases of the construction industry,” said Marcel Veronneau, president of Industrial Management & Training Institute, Inc. “This new frontier will employ qualified and trained installers, layout technicians, and maintenance professionals that will be in demand as the industry expands.”

This module covers topics such as photovoltaic system components, design considerations, environmental effects and site analysis. Introduction to Solar Photovoltaics also provides students with the prerequisite knowledge to take the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) Performance Verification Entry Level Exam. It is the first module of the Solar Photovoltaics Systems Installer curriculum that will release in 2011.

NCCER develops the Contren® Learning Series curriculum in partnership with leading textbook publisher, Pearson. Students successfully completing Introduction to Solar Photovoltaics through an NCCER Accredited Training Sponsor will earn industry credentials through the NCCER National Registry.

This release is part of NCCER’s ever-growing energy series, which will include Power Generation, Power Transmission and Distribution, and Wind Turbine Maintenance. For more information on all of NCCER’s energy-related curriculum, please visit or

The following subject matter experts contributed to this curriculum: Nicolás Estévez, NeoSolvis Engineering C.S.P; L. J. LeBlanc, Pumba Electric LLC; Joseph Lowe, Westside Technical Center; Mark Maher, Solar Source Institute; Joseph Pietrzak, Progress Energy; Mike Powers, Tri-City Electrical Contractors, Inc.; Marcel Veronneau, Industrial Management & Training Institute, Inc.; Antonio Vazquez, Vision Quest Academy; Susan Schleith, Florida Solar Energy Center.