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PVOL303: Solar Training - Advanced PV Multimode and Microgrid Design (Battery-Based) - Online

Multimode systems are complex energy storage systems that can operate in utility interactive or island mode – and the market for these systems is experiencing exponential growth. Whether providing backup power when the grid is down, operating in self consumption mode, or reducing peak demand charges, there are numerous use cases for PV systems with energy storage that interact with the utility grid. Lessons include detailed design considerations for AC and DC coupled systems, along with analyzing equipment specifications and thorough design examples. National Electrical Code (NEC®) and other code requirements are addressed in detail along with best practice design considerations for battery-based systems.

what you will learn

  • Multimode system configurations
  • Load analysis and battery bank sizing
  • PV array sizing
  • Specifying multimode inverters
  • Advanced multimode functions
  • Code compliance, best practices, and installation considerations
  • Charge controllers for multimode systems
  • DC coupled multimode battery backup design example
  • AC coupled system design considerations
  • AC coupled multimode battery backup design example
  • Energy Storage Systems (ESS) overview
  • ESS residential sizing example
  • Large-scale multimode system design and use cases


Note: SEI recommends working closely with a qualified person and/or taking PV 202 for more information on conductor sizing, electrical panel specification, and grounding systems. These topics will part of this course, but they are not the focus.

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helpful information

Check out the SEI Podcast Series regarding this training topic: Meet Our Team / Advanced PV Multimode and Microgrid Design

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PREREQUISITE COURSES: Before participating in PVOL303, students MUST complete PV101 or PVOL101 AND PVOL203 or PV203, equivalent training from another organization, have NABCEP certification, or demonstrate field experience and pass two placement quizzes. Please contact sei@solarenergy.org if you feel you are qualified to skip the prerequisite for PVOL303.

For information on SEI’s Solar Professionals Certificate Program please click here.  For information on SEI’s workshop and training program policies please click here.

nabcep certification information

SEI Contact Training Hours: 6 weeks online = 40 hours

This course provides approved credit hours towards the following NABCEP Certifications and Recertifications:

  • PV Installation Professional
  • PV Design Specialist
  • PV Installation Specialist
  • PV Commissioning and Maintenance Specialist
  • PV Technical Sales Professional
  • PV Associate (Renewal only)
  • PV System Inspector (Recertification only)
  • SH Associate (Renewal only)
  • Solar Heating System Inspector (Recertification only)
  • Solar Heating Installer (Recertification only)

Please visit NABCEP’S online course catalog for credit hours breakdown.

For information on SEI’s Solar Professionals Certificate Program please click here.

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course snapshot

  • Online
    • September 28 2020 - November 08 2020
  • 6 Wks/40 Hrs
  • 7-10 hours/week

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