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

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!   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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helpful information

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.

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

Contact Training Hours (shown on Record of Completion): 40 hours

NABCEP Training Hours:

•    PV Installer Certification Requirements: This course counts for 40 advanced training hours
•    PV Installer Recertification Requirements: This course counts for the following:

  • 6 Job Task Analysis hours
  • 6 Non-Technical/Other hours

•  PV Technical Sales Certification Requirements: This course counts for 6 hours

•  PV Associate Recertification: 12 training hours

•  PV Technical Sales Recertification Requirements: This course counts for 6 Non-Technical/Other hours

•  Solar Heating Installer Recertification: This course counts for 6 Non-Technical continuing education hours

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