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PVOL304: Solar Training - Advanced PV Stand-alone System Design (Battery-Based) - Online

Off-­grid is where PV got its start – and with so many applications for stand­-alone power, new equipment developments, and cost reductions in energy storage technology, this sector of the market is growing like never before. Detailed analysis of load considerations, charge controllers, PV array sizing, and stand-­alone inverters is followed by numerous design examples that address the wide-ranging specifics of off­-grid applications, from a small DC lighting system to a residential stand-alone system to an island microgrid. Also covered is generator sizing and integration, maintenance for stand-­alone systems, and a healthy dose of best practices that have been learned through years of experience. Advance your PV knowledge well beyond where the grid goes with PV304!

what you will learn

  • Stand-alone system configurations
  • Charge controller and array considerations
  • RV system design example
  • DC lighting system design example
  • Clinic system design example
  • Code compliance and best practices for stand-alone systems
  • Advanced battery-based inverters
  • Generator sizing
  • DC coupled stand-alone residential system design example
  • AC coupled stand-alone microgrid system design example
  • Large-scale microgrid considerations and case studies
  • Flooded battery maintenance considerations
  • Stand-alone PV system commissioning and maintenance

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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PREREQUISITE COURSES: Before participating in PVOL304, 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 PVOL304.

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
    • November 09 2020 - December 20 2020
  • 6 Wks/40 Hrs
  • 8-15 hours per week

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