The first week of the course provides an overview of the three basic PV system applications, primarily focusing on grid-direct systems. The goal of this week is to create a fundamental understanding of the core concepts necessary to work with all PV systems, including: system components, site analysis, PV module criteria, mounting solutions, safety, and commissioning. The course will also cover the basics of sizing a grid-direct system, wire sizing, overcurrent protection, and grounding.
Tools and Techniques for PV System O&M
The second part of the course trains PV technicians to safely and effectively perform O&M tasks, including inspections, commissioning, performance verification, and troubleshooting. Students will become familiar with a wide range of advanced analytical tools, meters, and techniques – such as insulation resistance testers, I-V curve tracers, and infrared cameras.