Fully functional PV laboratories have indoor and outdoor laboratory areas that support specific course offerings (see Section 4.0). There are creative and affordable approaches to building the mockups, roofs, and wall areas necessary to meet the needs of the PV course or program. Real-world situations can be simulated for layout, installation, trouble-shooting, and a variety of lab activities. Matching the lab to the specific course of instruction is critical to the success of the instruction.

The following section describes typical classroom specifications and examples of PV laboratory mockups and workstations.


Indoor Classroom Essential
Classroom/Lab Equipment Lab area with mockups Essential/Essential
Outdoor Work Area Essential
Storage Area Essential
Battery Area Desirable
Roof Structures – pitched, flat

Round mount and rolling unit

Pole mount, trackers




Mounting Demonstrations Essential
Electrical Service mockups of two or more examples -100a 200a Essential



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