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FSU Nets National Certification to Offer Workshops on Residential PV Generation Systems

Approval Latest High-Profile Achievement of University’s WISE Project

FROSTBURG, Md.—Area electricians, contractors, engineers and other interested parties will have an opportunity to expand their knowledge of photovoltaic (PV) generation systems, thanks to Frostburg State University’s latest inroads in providing educational programs on renewable energy: FSU recently received approval from the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) to offer workshops and entry-level certification exams on designing, installing and maintaining residential PV generation systems.

“PV is an electronic way to convert the radiation energy of the sunlight directly into electric energy using semiconductor elements,” said Dr. Oguz Soysal, faculty member of the physics and engineering department, and FSU’s Wind-Solar Energy (WISE) Certified Education Program director. “The NABCEP approval was one of the main objectives of the WISE Certified Education Program currently funded by the Appalachian Regional Commission. This is an important step for the educational outreach activities for a proposed FSU Renewable Energy Center.”

The NABCEP approval raises FSU’s national prominence as an educational resource on renewable energy. FSU is now listed on the NABCEP Web site, and is currently the only NABCEP-approved provider of PV workshops and certification exams in Maryland and throughout the region that covers Virginia, Washington, D.C., West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Kentucky.

“Individuals searching NABCEP Web site ( will reach the FSU Renewable Energy Outreach Web site from the list of approved providers,” said Hilkat Soysal, a co-organizer of FSU’s renewable energy project and coordinator of the WISE Education Program.

For more information on NABCEP, visit To learn more about FSU’s WISE project and its efforts to develop renewable energy programs and educational outreach, visit or contact Hilkat at

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 13 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland.

For more information about FSU, contact the Office of Admissions at (301) 687-4201 or visit the University’s Web site at

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