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Proteus Inc.Proteus Inc., a provider of career training and counseling throughout the Central Valley, cut the ribbon on a solar training facility at its Kerman Service Center yesterday, marking its continuing mission in the renewable energy market.

Although Proteus actually opened the solar center to students in January 2010, the ribbon cutting gave the public and career hopefuls a look at seven training labs complete with inverters, conduits and mock solar panels.

The six-week class, enrolling anywhere from four to 10 students each period, meets seven days a week for a total of 210 hours giving students hands-on instruction on how to install a system, work safely with electricity and perform basic construction.

The class also has groups performing live solar installations in partnership with nonprofit GRID Alternatives before they take a final exam to earn their certificate of completion. Graduating students will then be prepared to prove their skills by taking the entry level certification exam of the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners(NABCEP).

In addition to the Kerman Service Center at 15260 W. Church St., Proteus also offers solar training at its Visalia Service Center at 244 NW 3rd St. Each six-week class costs around $3,700.

The company, accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, also partners with Southern California Edison’s Energy Education Center in Tulare to provide workshops and seminars on topics ranging from California solar regulations to solar architectural designs.

Currently, Proteus is working with SolarGen USA and Integrated Resources Development to train students in solar installations as the companies plan more than 20 megawatts in large solar farms in the Central Valley.


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