Solar 101: Continuing education for contractors

Anne BrockOur Town Outdoors

Solar is the “fastest growing” and “most affordable source of new electricity” in the country, according to the United States Department of Energy! Pew Research Center reports about four in ten Americans have considered installing solar panels on their homes.

Yet, there seems to remain a large knowledge gap when it comes to practical applications for solar. So, Solar Alliance is expanding its educational outreach to now include continuing education for some construction professionals in Tennessee.

The intent of this newly developed curriculum is not to teach solar design and installation itself, but to better equip other professionals to interact with projects that could involve photovoltaics. On July 25, the Board for Licensing Contractors under the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance voted to approve the Solar 101 class developed by Solar Alliance Southeast.

This in-person class will now be an option for those seeking Residential Continuing Education throughout this state. It is open to builder groups or other community organizations wanting to share low-cost educational options with professional contractors. It is offered only at the cost of class materials and possible travel expenses via the host organization.

For groups of people not seeking Residential Continuing Education, but simply wanting to expand their knowledge of PV systems, Solar Alliance also offers classes when available.
To learn about the next scheduled class or to inquire about scheduling one in your community, reach out to with subject line “Solar 101.”

Anne Brock is marketing coordinator for Solar Alliance. She can be reached at: 865-221-8349 or


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