Continuing Studies

OUTLINE – PV101: SOLAR TRAINING - SOLAR ELECTRIC DESIGN AND INSTALLATION COURSE

PV101 is your gateway to a career in the solar industry. It all starts with the fundamentals, and a solid understanding of various components, system architectures, and applications for PV systems.  Other topics include site analysis, system sizing, array configuration, and performance estimation; electrical design characteristics such as wiring, overcurrent protection, and grounding; a detailed look at module and inverter specifications and characteristics; mounting methods for various roof structures and ground-mounts; and an introduction to safely and effectively commissioning grid-direct PV systems. This course focuses on grid-direct PV systems, but covers material critical to understanding all types of PV systems.
   

Students who complete PV101 will be able to:

  • Describe global and regional PV demand and growth trends
  • Examine solar industry employment trends and options
  • Identify and describe basic functions of different components of PV systems
  • Introduce the features and applications of the following PV system configurations: PV-direct, stand-alone, grid-direct, multimode
  • Diagram systems to understand component interaction and power flow
  • Define the two types of electrical current (AC and DC) and explain their differences
  • Explain the relationship between: volts, amps, amp-hours, watts, watt-hours, and kilowatt-hours; perform power and energy calculations
  • Describe typical electrical service voltages and equipment
  • Examine power, energy, and demand / production curves
  • Define utility bill terminology
  • Describe PV metering options
  • Compare incentive mechanisms for renewable energy installations
  • Describe the differences among various PV cell technologies
  • Identify key components of a PV module and choose important criteria from module specification sheets
  • Locate important points on the I-V curve
  • Apply different temperature and irradiance measurements to voltage and current values
  • Explain the purpose and basic functioning of bypass diodes
  • Identify meters used with PV systems and key points of meter use and safety
  • List common functions of digital multi-meters (DMM) and clamp-on ammeters
  • Describe basic procedures for testing an operating PV system
  • Define and list characteristics of series and parallel circuits, and review the application of these connections to ensure system compatibility
  • Determine azimuth and altitude angle of the sun using a sun chart
  • Define factors that impact the amount of peak sun hours reaching the array
  • Apply shading losses to estimated AC energy production
  • Identify tilt angle and orientation that provides maximum energy production
  • Pre-qualify a customer
  • Explain how remote site assessment tools are used
  • Identify factors limiting system size
  • Identify data required to size and design a grid-direct PV system
  • Identify common PV mounting options; list advantages and disadvantages of different mounting options
  • Assess PV array layout options
  • Identify and define the function of the following on a three-line diagram of a grid-direct PV system: equipment grounding & conductors, ungrounded conductors, functionally grounded conductors, grounding electrode, grounding electrode conductor, electrical system grounding
  • Define the primary function of an inverter, and identify the important information used to specify a grid-direct inverter
  • Identify the different types of inverter technologies and list their advantages and disadvantages
  • Describe some installation tips and techniques for the different types of power electronics
  • Calculate PV array size using the online PV Watts tool
  • Apply appropriate system loss factors
  • Create charts for your location to aid in sizing estimates
  • Describe why temperature is an important system design consideration
  • Describe DC-to-AC power ratio and how it applies to system design; when to use a higher or lower power ratio
  • Describe criteria for different power electronics options in PV systems
  • Determine the correct wiring configuration of PV modules and power electronics for a given application
  • Identify and describe characteristics of conductor materials and insulations
  • Determine color coding of conductors based on wire type and circuit characteristics
  • Identify terminology for the various circuits in PV systems
  • Determine maximum current for PV system circuits
  • Identify and describe considerations for selecting conductors to meet ampacity and voltage drop requirements
  • Explain the purpose and correct placement of disconnects and overcurrent protection
  • Perform basic overcurrent device sizing for DC and AC PV system circuits
  • Identify potential job site hazards and opportunities for additional safety training
  • Determine proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for PV installation and commissioning tasks
  • Describe lock-out / tag-out procedures
  • List 5 basic commissioning tests to be completed after a system is installed

    
Our program is CSA and NABCEP Certified and meets the prerequisite of in-class and hands-on experience training electricians need for writing the CSA Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Systems Certified (SPVC) Certification. (NOC 7241).