SOURCE: Ontario Solar Academy

April 14, 2010 13:48 ET

Ontario Solar Academy Redefines Solar Training Within Canadian Context

Ontario Solar Academy Graduates Latest Crop of Students From Its 5-Day PV Design and Installation Training Course

TORONTO--(Marketwire - April 14, 2010) - Ontario Solar Academy (OSA) graduated another batch of students, providing a comprehensive introduction based upon NABCEP's ten learning objectives, extensive hands-on experience, and a forum for becoming part of a growing solar network. However, the April class included two additions not present in earlier sessions. 

The first change was the inclusion of James Fraser as a guest speaker from the Electrical Safety Authority. Using principles outlined in the Inverter-Based Micro-Generating manual, he explained the process his organization undergoes when approving solar PV installations for FIT/microFIT status. Fraser also led a Q&A in which students interviewed the very individual likely to supervise future inspections of their own installations. Jacob Travis, Director of Solar Academy, explains, "This is the kind of Ontario-focused content we provide that you can't find in stateside programs." Fraser has agreed to be a regular in OSA trainings.

The other addition was the inclusion of S-5!'s new attachment clamps during the training. Unlike other panel mounting technologies, S-5!'s clamps integrate seamlessly with metal roofs, requiring minimal penetration. Keith Lipps, S-5!'s VP of Marketing, asserts that their technology "is the easiest, most cost-effective way to install solar panels on rails or directly to standing seam metal roofs." 

Turning words into action, Lipps sent a batch of clamps to the OSA for test-driving.

After separating the students into groups, each with its own mounting technology, Solar Academy's Associate Director, David Gower, recounts how the team using S-5!'s clamps installed their panels twice as quickly as the other groups: "These clamps make metal roof installation a snap." Travis adds, "S-5! is a US firm, but these clamps will be manufactured locally, meaning they'll help FIT projects qualify for Ontario's Domestic Content requirements."

OSA offers monthly training courses in Toronto. The next courses begin on April 26 and May 31. Registrants can save $250 by entering discount code AprilMay250. For more information on solar installation classes, visit

About Ontario Solar Academy:

Ontario Solar Academy uses NABCEP learning objectives to quickly advance expertise in solar design and installation. Its 5-Day Solar PV Training includes hands-on workshops that prepare participants for NABCEP's PV Entry Level Exam.