Solar Entrepreneurship Training Online Course


Interested in starting your own solar company? This solar entrepreneurship training course provides mentorship, education & support at any stage.


Are you looking to start your own solar business? If so, this course is for you. The Solar Entrepreneurship Course provides mentorship, education & support for solar entrepreneurs at any stage.

This online training course was created and delivered by Kerim Baran, the founder of SolarAcademy and Brian Hayden, co-founder of HeatSpring. Kerim was co-founder at CivicSolar – a distribution business acquired by CED Greentech in 2019 – but he’s built and sold a number of solar and technology businesses. Brian has taught entrepreneurship at the University of Michigan Center for Entrepreneurship since 2013.

What you will learn in this course:

By the end of this solar entrepreneurship training course you will know the most important elements and key functions of a solar installation business:

  • How to source leads
  • How to market and sell your services
  • How to design and permit a solar system
  • Where to get your equipment
  • Key aspects of the installation, construction and interconnection process with the utility
  • The various solar financing options available for your customers
  • What is involved in providing maintenance services for existing customers

Electricians already have most of the qualifications needed to be solar installers, and this course will give you the rest to take the leap into the bright future of solar business. However, even if you’re not an electrician, or if you have a product-based business in mind we’d love to have you join us…!

Experienced solar professionals understand how the solar industry works but may not have experience starting and running companies… If this describes your situation, this course is also for you.

Not only will you get access to a great solar entrepreneurship training course, but also the instructors host a monthly Zoom call on the third Wednesday of every month at 1pm eastern (U.S.)… Enroll in the class before then and join us!

This solar entrepreneurship course is designed by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs (or those considering becoming entrepreneurs)… You’ll get access to over 8 hours of on-demand video content as well as a way to connect with the instructors via phone (by appointment) and course discussion board (anytime).

About The Instructors:

Kerim Baran is the founder of SolarAcademy. Kerim is also a serial entrepreneur, investor, and company builder who has built and sold leading technology and solar businesses.

Prior to founding SolarAcademy, Kerim co-founded, helped build and sell, a leading solar equipment distributor which helped thousands of solar companies get started in solar between 2009 and 2019. You can hear more details about his background here.

During his tenure with CivicSolar, Kerim also invested in and co-developed a number of utility scale solar farms. Kerim is also Managing Director at Enki Solar, an investment firm focused on acquiring solar and advanced energy assets yielding steady returns.

Brian Hayden is Co-founder and Partner at HeatSpring. Brian also teaches “Finding Your Venture” at the the University of Michigan’s Center for Entrepreneurship. Brian has business degrees from the University of Michigan (BBA) and Babson College (MBA). He loves renewable energy, entrepreneurship, and hearing and telling great stories.