Rod Hyatt teaches intermediate and advanced solar thermal classes for engineers and contractors

His current class, accredited by the American Society of Plumbing Engineers” and usable for continuing-education credits, focuses on commercial solar thermal applications.

Solar class invitation

Invitation for HTP reps and others to be used with the training, ‘Advanced Commercial Solar Water Heater.’ The downloadable PowerPoint document can be edited.

Presentation used with Advanced Commercial Solar Water Heating (downloadable PDF)

Presentation used with Advanced Commercial Solar Water Heating (downloadable PDF)

Solar Workbook: Using calculations to size a system


Downloadable Excel file

Solar Worksheet


Downloadable Word file

Instructions for those who plan to attend a solar seminar:

  1. Bring your laptop computer or a USB memory drive. For the most part, this is a paperless class. Most information will be provided digitally.
  2. Prior to class, visit the website, and look up the solar incentives (rebates, tax credits, etc.) that fit your area and state. Bring your questions to class for further discussion. Success in today’s solar business requires familiarity with the incentives available to your customers, and will significantly drive down the cost of the projects.

Topics covered in intermediate and advanced solar training:

  • Determining hot water needs for sizing solar project
  • Hot water storage for solar and backup
  • Choosing the preferred solar system design for each application
  • Flat-plate vs. evacuated tube collector type
  • Pipe size and system volume
  • Sizing expansion and/or drainback tank
  • Sizing the pump
  • The Solar Workbook (advanced)