MREA Solar Site Assessment Certificate Program

What is Solar Site Assessment?

Solar Site Assessors work with homeowners to evaluate the feasibility of installing and using solar electric power at their home. Tasks used in a site assessment include:

  • evaluation of the electric load,
  • surveying the site,
  • determining the placement of the array and balance of system equipment,
  • assessment of structural and electrical infrastructure,
  • evaluation of shading and determination of the sites solar access,
  • cost estimating and financial evaluation, and
  • reporting and making recommendations

In many cases site assessors are independent of the solar installer and utility and thus the assessment report will help the customer evaluate and choose an installer and/or solar program.

Course Requirements

The Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) as part of the Midwest Solar Training Network has partnered with Northwestern Michigan College to provide the Solar Site Assessment Certificate Program. This program engages you in coursework and combines two mentored assessment reports to prepare you for the final certificate program exam.

Participants should have a background in construction, understand basic electricity, and possess basic computer skills. Program pre-requisites include: NMC - NABCEP Entry Level course, Introduction to Solar Electric Power, or MREA Basic Solar Photovoltaic (provided through the MREA).