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PV301L: Solar Training - Solar Electric Lab Week (Battery-Based)

Safely install, test, and commission battery-based PV systems in this solar training workshop. Lab stations are comprised of both stand-alone and grid-tied with battery back-up systems, and include both AC and DC coupled systems. Integrating generator back-up will also be covered. Participants will concentrate on battery safety, wiring, and maintenance, and will wire balance of system components including: combiner boxes, disconnects, power centers, controllers, battery banks, and inverters. Set-up, basic programming, and testing of components for specific battery-based applications will be integrated into the lab sessions. Students will learn fundamental procedures for safe installation and commissioning practices, and all exercises will have an emphasis on battery safety considerations.

what you will learn

Students who complete the PV301L workshop will be able to:

  • Identify and describe the basic functions of each component in a PV system
  • Describe the configuration of various types of PV systems: PV direct, Stand–alone, PV/hybrid, Multimode, Zero-sell, Micro-grid, Utility-scale energy storage
  • Calculate the capacity & voltage of different batteries
  • Determine the state of charge of a battery by testing voltage and specific gravity
  • List safety precautions & equipment required to work with batteries
  • Demonstrate safe procedures for connecting and disconnecting batteries
  • Demonstrate the process of adding water to batteries
  • Identify appropriate battery enclosures
  • Diagram and wire battery banks in series and parallel configurations, given various system parameters
  • Make cables and lug connections for battery wiring
  • Install temperature sensors on batteries
  • Wire the battery bank for a live system
  • Wire and test charge controllers through the various stages of operation
  • Install and test PWM and MPPT charge controllers
  • Program MPPT charge controllers based on battery and array values
  • Wire and program battery SOC meters in different PV system configurations
  • Set up and operate batteries during bulk, absorption, float, and equalization cycles
  • Describe how maximum power point tracking and voltage step-down affect a PV system
  • Identify some features, options, and metering available on different types of battery chargers
  • Identify appropriate inverter types for different battery-based system configurations
  • Compare available features and capabilities of battery-based inverters
  • Identify specifications critical for battery-based inverters
  • Wire test and program battery based inverters
  • Discuss when and why breakers would be used rather than fuses
  • Use a 3-line diagram to wire a system
  • Discuss the order and perform safe installation practices
  • Demonstrate the order of safe commissioning
  • Demonstrate the order of shut-down and how to establish an electrically safe working environment
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helpful information

PREREQUISITE COURSES: Before participating in the PV301L course, students MUST complete PV101 or PVOL101, PV203 or PVOL203 OR an equivalent course from another organization, have NABCEP certification, or demonstrate field experience and pass a placement quiz. Please contact [email protected] if you feel you are qualified to skip the prerequisite for PV301L.

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: 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.

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course snapshot

  • Paonia, CO
    • May 04 2020 - May 08 2020
    • June 22 2020 - June 26 2020
    • August 03 2020 - August 07 2020
    • August 24 2020 - August 28 2020
    • October 12 2020 - October 16 2020
  • 5 Days
  • 40 hours

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