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Program Training

Your Guide to the Solar Program

Energy Trust offers a free series of online, on-demand video training modules that outline our incentives and requirements. All contractors must complete mandatory program training to ensure they understand the incentives, eligibility criteria, procedures and technical installation standards. For convenience, this training is provided below.

Required Reading for Solar Electric Trade Allies

Solar trade allies are required to follow the program and installation requirements defined in the following documents. These documents explain project eligibility requirements, program processes (such as the incentive application, review and verification processes) and technical design and installation requirements.

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Stay up-to-date with Energy Trust trainings and events by regularly checking our Calendar. In addition, other organizations provide classroom and installation training opportunities. Although not mandatory, Energy Trust recommends that contractors attend an installation class prior to applying to become a solar trade ally.


The Oregon Solar Energy Industries Association offers installer training opportunities throughout the year, including a slate of courses at the Oregon Solar Energy Conference (OSEC). OSEIA also provides information about Oregon solar licenses. For more information, please contact OSEIA at 503.853.5804. OSEIA Event Calendar; OSEIA Online Training


Solar Energy International offers high-quality training courses and seminars on solar electric and solar water heating in various locations around the country on a regular basis. SEI can be reached at 970.963.8855.


SolarWorld offers both hands-on technical training and online courses in addition to their annual Installer Summit in Portland.


The IBEW offers solar electric installation training which is open to the public. In Portland, contact the NECA-IBEW Electrical Training Center at 503.262.9991. Other training centers throughout the state offer additional training. Look up your local IBEW for more information.

 Lane Community College

Lane Community College operates the Northwest Energy Education Institute which offers a two-year Renewable Energy Technician associates degree. It also administers apprenticeship programs. Lane Community College and the Northwest Energy Education Institute can be reached at 541.463.3977.