what you will learn
- Discuss preventative and reactive maintenance plans and activities.
- Summarize safety procedures and PPE requirements for O&M technicians.
- Describe the field procedures required to evaluate the performance of PV systems.
- List appropriate requirements for meters, tools, and other equipment used in O&M activities.
- Define the theory, procedures, and processes behind insulation resistance testing, IV curve tracing, infrared cameras and thermal imaging, and other tools of the trade.
- Analyze test results to determine performance, compare baseline data, and pinpoint system issues.
- Describe inspection requirements for preventative maintenance inspections.
- Illustrate methods for locating and troubleshooting common PV array and system faults using appropriate methodologies and testing tools.
Check out the SEI Podcast Series regarding this training topic: Tools and Techniques for Solar PV Operations and Maintenance.
Click here for Computer & Software Requirements for online courses.
PREREQUISITE COURSES: Before participating in the PVOL350 course, students are required to complete PV101/PVOL101, an equivalent course from another organization, or demonstrate field experience and pass a placement quiz. Please contact [email protected] if you feel you are qualified to skip the prerequisites for PVOL350.
To view our in-person PV351L Tools and Techniques for Operation and Maintenance Lab Week, please click here.
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SEI online courses cover the same topics as the face-to-face workshops of the similar name, but do not include a hands-on component. You can log on at any time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for the full duration of the specified course. You will generally need between 10-20 hrs/week to complete the lesson materials and graded activities. The earlier lessons generally take less time than the later lessons. Students can access the course anytime, from any computer with an internet connection (see computer requirements below). There are no specific times that you need to log on, the course is self paced but you must finish all graded materials by the end date of the course. The live instructors are there to give feedback, grade your work and you can contact them with questions on the forum discussion boards, or by email.
These courses include interactive activities, power points, readings and quizzes, and exercises and homework to test student comprehension. There is also a forum where students can post questions to the instructors and network between each other. Online courses last six (6) weeks and will end on the Sunday night of the last week. All graded course activities (e.g., quizzes, forum discussion assignments, any other assignments with a score) need to be completed within these 6 weeks, with a 70% or better cumulative grade, to pass and receive a Record of Completion. After the course end-date, you will have two additional weeks for instructorless review-only time. During this time you will not be able to complete any graded activities. However, this is an ideal time to finish saving and reviewing any course materials of particular interest.
All required reading for the course is fully downloadable from within the course, so there is no need to wait for your course materials to arrive in the mail. You can also download/save the PDF files that make up the “Digital Course Notebook” for future reference.
The following are the computer and software requirements for taking SEI’s online courses.
Computer and Internet Requirements
Laptop and Desktop Platforms
- PC (Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10)
- Mac (Intel-based only, OSX 10.5 or later)
- Mobile Devices are only supported for viewing Podcast versions of the presentations
- 1.8 Ghz or faster processor
- 2 Gb of RAM, 10 Gb of free disk space
- Minimum screen / monitor resolution is 1280 x 800
- Built in sound or sound card
- Computer microphone or regular telephone for Webinar or Live Office Hours participation
- High-speed Internet connection (at least 5 Mb download speed — click here to check your speed)
- Latest version of Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Apple Safari
1) Satellite, cellular 3G/4G cards, mesh wide area networks, and other similar “non-copper” or non WI-FI connections, while appearing to be high speed, will likely experience performance issues in this course. We do not recommend this type of Internet connection.
2) There are subtle differences among all browsers based on whether using a Windows or Mac computer.
3) The version of your computer’s operating system and your browser version can also have an affect on operation.
4) Video buffering problems have been reported in some cases on slow connections.
5) The video/audio Playback Rate speed control dropdown menu is not available/functional using the Chrome browser.
Video and Audio Presentations
The lecture capture presentations are streaming video (just like Netflix® or Hulu® or Amazon®). To adequately view these lecture presentations, a high speed network connection is preferred. We suggest at least 5 Mb/sec. If your connection speed is slow, is unreliable, or if the connection is shared with other active computers or mobile devices (phones or tablets), you may experience less than optimal playback. If this happens, there are a three options: obtain a faster network connection, turn off all active devices other than the device used to view the presentations, download the presentations from Apple iTunes and view from a mobile device or the iTunes app on your computer.
Smart Phone and Tablet Platforms: Apple iOS Devices (iPod touch, iPhone, iPad) and Android Phones & Tablets.
For the best experience with our online course content we recommend using a PC or Mac computer with a wired or WiFi Internet connection. It is possible to do all of the following with smart phones and tablets, however, we strongly recommend taking the quizzes on a non touch screen device to avoid unintentional changes to your selected answers:
- Take quizzes
- Read your textbook ebook version
- Download PDFs
- Participate in online forum discussions
- Check your grade book
- Complete questionnaires and surveys
- View video and audio presentations
- Some performance or access may vary
- Microsoft Silverlight (video/audio//PowerPoint presentations)
- Adobe Flash (latest version for presentations & interactive exercises in some courses)
- Oracle Java plugin (latest version)
- Adobe Acrobat Reader (viewing & printing PDF files)
- Microsoft Office Viewers (viewing & printing Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Visio files)
- Open Source Office Suite (viewing & printing Word, PowerPoint, Excel files)
- Apple QuickTime (viewing QuickTime video in some courses)
- Apple iTunes (podcast subscription)
- November 09 2020 - December 20 2020
- February 22 2021 - April 03 2021
- May 16 2021 - June 26 2021
- August 08 2021 - September 18 2021
- October 31 2021 - December 12 2021
- 6 Wks/40 Hrs
- 7-10 hours/week
course materialssee full material list >
All course materials are accessible through the online campus once the course begins. You may want to have your copy of the Solar Electric Handbook on hand from your PV101 or PVOL101 course for reference.
You will have access to a Digital Course Notebook from within the online course, that can be downloaded for reference after the course completion date.