A BRIGHT FUTURE


Photo what? Photovoltaic (PV) devices directly convert the sun’s light into electricity.

Technical College of the Lowcountry’s Solar Photovoltaic Certificate program teaches you to install, maintain, and repair solar photovoltaic systems. You will gain substantial knowledge of solar technologies and electrical installations equivalent to a master electrician.

The median annual wage for solar photovoltaic installers was $44,390, according to 2021 reports from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

TCL’s 21-credit-hour Solar Photovoltaic Certificate program can be completed in as little as two semesters. Evening classes are offered. Hands-on courses include AC/DC circuits, electrical installations and code,  basic solar energy technology, and solar photovoltaic systems, design and installation.

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    IN-DEMAND

    Solar experts are in increasing demand locally and nationally

    HANDS-ON

    Learn by actually practicing the skills you’ll need on the job.

    A GREAT CAREER

    The S.C. annual mean wage for solar PV installers is $44,390.

    ACCREDITATION


    Technical College of the Lowcountry is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award Associate Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates.

    Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Technical College of the Lowcountry.

    PROGRAM COST


    Tuition: 21 credits x $214 per credit = $4,494.

    Remember, this is before S.C. Lottery Tuition Assistance and other financial aid, which could drop your costs by more than half. In fact, after financial aid, many students attend for free. See more about paying for TCL.

    *Based on Fall 2022 in-state, in-service-area tuition. Your actual cost may differ. Does not include fees, books and other costs. Qualifications vary.

    WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING


    “At TCL, our focus green building benefits the students and the entire community.”

    Tim Newsome

    Building Instructor

    FAQS & ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


    The Career & Education Opportunities

    Employment of solar photovoltaic (PV) installers is projected to grow 24 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. The continued expansion and adoption of solar panel installations will result in excellent job opportunities for qualified individuals, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    Certify Your Skills

    Students will have substantial knowledge of solar technologies and electrical installations equivalent to a master electrician. Students will qualify for and succeed on the NABCEP Entry Level Exam (North American Board of Certified Energy Providers). Students will perform at the Installer Certification level.

    Is this program for you?

    The program is a great fit for those who:

    • Have strong math skills and are detail oriented.
    • Like hands-on projects.
    • Have physical stamina and strength.

    Program Dean


    Laura Dukes

    Dean, Business and Industrial Technologies

    843-525-8235

    Beaufort Mather Campus, Bldg. 14, Rm. 118

    Instructors


    Timothy Newsome

    Building Construction Instructor

    843-525-8290

    Beaufort Mather Campus, Bldg. 16, Rm. 121

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