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PV304: Solar Training - Advanced PV Stand-alone System Design (Battery-Based)

The PV industry began with off-grid systems, and with so many new applications for stand­-alone power, equipment advancements and cost reductions, the energy storage sector is growing like never before. This advanced course covers detailed load analysis, charge controllers, PV array sizing, stand-­alone inverters, as well as numerous design examples that address the wide-ranging specifics of off­-grid applications. Also covered is generator sizing and integration, maintenance for stand-­alone systems, National Electrical Code (NEC®) requirements, 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!   For online sessions of this course please click here.

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 PV304, 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 [email protected] if you feel you are qualified to skip the prerequisite for PV304.

For online sessions of PV304 please click here.

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nabcep certification information

SEI Contact Training Hours: 5 days in person = 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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