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Degree & Certificate programs

Lincoln Land Community College offers a variety of degree and certificate programs for individuals interested in obtaining training and pursuing careers in the emerging and rapidly growing green economy.

See below for information on current degree and certificate programs.


ISEA is proud to partner with Lincoln Land Community College to offer this educational opportunity to those interested in renewable energy job training.

PV 101 (Introduction to Photovoltaics)  

Saturday, October 18, 2014

$85.00 for ISEA members           Course # WST-034-42WF 

$105.00 for ISEA non-members  Course # WST-034-41WF

Course Description

This one-day course uses a combination of lecture and classroom activities to teach the basics of solar electric systems. Participants will learn how photovoltaic (PV) systems work, diagram the four PV system types, describe and identify components, understand the best application and limitations of each system type, define the solar window, make energy efficiency recommendations, estimate system loads, and understand the basics of PV site assessment.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Define photovoltaics
  • Explain how photovoltaic systems work
  • Diagram the four system types
  • Describe and identify components of a photovoltaic system
  • Identify the best application and limitations of each system type
  • Define the solar window
  • Use Ohm's Law
  • Read an electric utility bill
  • Estimate electrical loads
  • Make energy efficiency recommendations
  • Identify PV mounting types
  • Explain the basics of a PV site assessment
  • Calculate system costs
  • Describe financial incentives for PV


PV 201 (Site Assessor Training)

Saturday, November 15, 2014

$250.00 for ISEA members           Course #  WST-034-44WF

$270.00 for ISEA non-members                 Course #  WST-034-43WF

Site assessor training students will need to pay a $75 per practice assessment. The cost of the exam is $75.

The Site Assessment Certificate Program is a program  offered through the Illinois Solar Energy Association (ISEA), a recognized training provider. The ISEA Site Assessment Certificate Program trains individuals to provide site-specific renewable energy assessment and consumer education.

The PV Site Assessment Certificate Program has been accredited by American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). The ISEA Site Assessor Certificate provides skills training needed by professionals engaging consumers in renewable energy systems for their homes and businesses. Site assessors evaluate the energy consumption of a household or business, as well as the solar or wind resource at the location. They help clients understand system options and their benefits. They work with clients to recommend the site and size of the solar or wind system that will best fit their needs. Site assessors also estimate system production and identify the cost, incentives, and financing options available.

Course Description

Participants in this eight-hour course will learn how to perform a PV site assessment for a home or small business. The course will cover site assessment tools, load analysis, energy efficiency recommendations, array placement options, basic system sizing, cost estimates, and evaluating existing infrastructure on site. Participants will learn how to access online tools for solar resource analysis, PV system performance calculators, and incentives.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Use site assessment tools
  • Size a PV system
  • Recommend a PV system type to meet a home or owner's goals
  • Identify and recommend steps for energy efficiency
  • Perform a load analysis
  • Identify and recommend array placement options
  • Quantify the solar resource
  • Provide a general cost estimate
  • Write a PV site assessment report
  • Use web-based performance calculators
  • Provide installer and equipment vendor information

To Register: Call LLCC at 217-786-2292 or toll free 1-800-727-4161 ext.  62292