what you will learn
Students who complete the PVOL101 online course will be able to perform the following:
- Differentiate between various renewable energy sources and types of systems
- Perform power and energy calculations
- Evaluate utility bills and rate plans, perform a load analysis for a grid-direct system, and compare system production to energy consumption
- Describe energy efficiency measures that can be implemented to reduce electricity usage and PV system size
- Analyze different net metering rules, rebates, and incentives that affect the final cost of a PV system
- Diagram and list the features, applications, and components of the following PV system types: DC direct, stand-alone, grid-direct, and grid-tied with battery back-up
- Obtain and apply specifications for PV modules and determine their performance given various environmental and operating conditions
- Identify various types of digital multimeters and explain how to use them safely
- Diagram and determine the power, current, and voltage characteristics of PV modules in different series and parallel configurations
- Determine the magnetic declination, define azimuth and altitude angle and evaluate the shade potential for a given site
- Estimate energy production of a PV system based on location specifics including orientation and tilt angle
- List the pros and cons of different mounting systems (ground, pole, roof, and trackers) and determine the number of modules that can fit in a given roof space
- Given specific site criteria, evaluate what type of inverter is appropriate
- Decipher balance-of-system equipment specification sheets to determine the critical information needed for system design
- Design a residential grid-direct system including the array, inverter, circuit conductors, and overcurrent protection
- Define equipment grounding, system grounding, and components and conductors used for grounding
- Identify the following wires and components on schematics of residential grid-direct systems: disconnects, inverter, equipment grounding conductors, ungrounded conductors, grounded conductors, the grounding electrode(s), and the AC and DC system grounds
- Identify potential safety hazards and the proper personal protective equipment for working on grid-direct PV systems
- List the order of installation, commissioning, and decommissioning of a grid-direct PV system
Both our in-person and online PV101 Courses cover the same curriculum with varying levels of hands-on experience offered in our in-person sessions. To view in-person sessions of this workshop, click PV101.
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Prerequisites: Completion of our free online RE100 Introduction to Renewable Energy, is highly recommended.
The online version of PV 101 is a comprehensive six-week course that covers all of the material presented in the in-person workshop and listed in the description, without the hands-on experience. The course is co-taught by two instructors, ensuring prompt attention and encouraging interaction between students and the instructors.
THE SOLAR ELECTRIC HANDBOOK IS INCLUDED IN THE TUITION PRICE OF THIS COURSE! *
*For international shipping addresses, course materials will be mailed out by USPS International First Class. SEI is not responsible for confirming international delivery. If materials do not arrive and need to be reshipped, student will be responsible for additional shipping cost.
PVOL101 online students receive 1 full year of FREE access to Home Power Magazine Online. You will receive your login in an email 3 to 4 weeks after your course starts.