On May 7th, students from Mt. San Jacinto College [MSJC] carpooled to the headquarters of solar training company, Ambassador Energy [AE], in Murrieta CA for an evening of practical experience.
Although MSJC is one of the state’s first colleges to offer Solar Photovoltaic [PV] classes, the program is still relatively new and does not yet have a laboratory capable of constructing an entire operational solar system. Ambassador Energy College offered their classroom and lead instructor, providing a facility decked with solar panels, inverters and balance of system. The class worked with their MSJC instructor, David Hunt, and Ambassador Energy’s Director of Training, Catherine Kelso, to construct a fully-functioning 2.3 kilowatt solar photovoltaic system, consisting of 10 solar panels, one inverter, ground-mounted racking and all the nuts, bolts and widgets.
“It was great to see them connect the dots,” said Kelso. “The class was very excited to get their hands on some real equipment. They had been learning all semester and finally got to apply what they had learned. It was fun to be a part of their ‘a-ha’ moments.”
The training room, inside Ambassador Energy’s corporate headquarters, is used monthly for a number of training events. Contractors who are adding solar PV to their current construction offering spend three days in the bootcamp-style solar training as a part of the Ambassador Energy Agency program. In addition, students from all over North American sit for training and testing for NABCEP EL [North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners Entry Level], NABCEP continuing education and various classes prepping students for the NABCEP PV Installer and PV Technical Sales exams. AE also offers single-day classes, such as Solar for Electricians.
“The demand for solar training is high,” said Steve Fulgham, Ambassador Energy CEO. “So high, in fact, that we are seeing local high schools and colleges adding classes. We are happy to work with them on projects, such as the annual Solar Boat Races in Temecula, assist by guest-teaching at their classrooms, and simply be a resource for the instructors. As they turn out educated students, it benefits us all.”
In addition to helping local high schools and colleges train, Ambassador Energy continues to utilize interns. They consistently have an MSJC intern and were the first business in Murrieta to engage high school interns within a brand new program implemented last year, a collaborative effort between Murrieta Mesa High School, the Murrieta Chamber of Commerce and local Murrieta businesses. “One of the interns from last fall still shows up for work,” continued Fulgham. “I think we created a solar monster.”
About Ambassador Energy
Ambassador Energy [AE] has a three-pronged business model, including Ambassador Energy College Solar Training, the Ambassador Energy Agency Program and Ambassador Energy, an EPC solar installation contractor. On staff are NABCEP Certified PV Installers, NABCEP Certified PV Technical Sales professionals [Fulgham/Kelso] and multiple NABCEP EL graduates. AE Agencies are nationwide. Ambassador Energy EPC installs PV systems throughout California.
See us on Facebook.