Saturday, June 1, 2019

This class is a follow-up to the April 27 classroom lesson, and will consist of the hands-on practical tour
Speaker: Eric Smiley P.Eng., Reid Wylde Engineering Ltd.
Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 9:00am to 2:00pm


This course is limited to the students who attended Part 1 on April 27th; please do not register if you did not attend previously. To participate in a complete Commissioning class in the future, view our SESA Class Calendar. 



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This is a practical course. Commissioning Solar Photovoltaic Systems. Checklists, Case Studies and Hand-on Activities are used to illustrate the topics.

Course Delivery Method
4 hours Classroom and 3 hours Lab

General Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, you will be able to competently:

  • Assemble appropriate tools, equipment and PPE
  • Conduct visual and mechanical inspection of a solar PV system
  • Describe mechanical tests on a solar PV array
  • Conduct electrical tests on a grid-interactive solar PV system
  • Conduct Performance Verification tests for grid-interactive solar PV systems;
  • Conduct Maintenance and Troubleshooting tests for solar PV systems;
  • Interpret and Prepare System Documentation.

Resources - Students are required to have:
• CSA C22.1-15, Canadian Electrical Code, Part 1, 23rd Edition, (2015) CSA Group, ISBN 978-1-77139-718-6; or
• CSA C22.1-18, Canadian Electrical Code, Part 1, 24th Edition, (2018) CSA Group, ISBN

Class Software - Please download your free Trial of the Seaward Solar Solarcert software for the class.

The course topics include:

  • Grid-Interactive Solar PV System Commissioning
  • Evaluating compliance with the applicable codes and standards for the project, such as the Canadian Electrical Code;
  • Workplace safety procedures and equipment;
  • Tools and equipment used in commissioning;
  • Standards for commissioning, such as IEC 62446-1;
  • Project specific standards and specifications, including Industry best practices;
  • Commissioning procedures; and
  • Reporting and documentation.
  • Grid-Interactive Solar PV System Operation and Maintenance
  • Workplace safety procedures and equipment;
  • Shutdown and start-up procedures;
  • Tools and equipment for testing and troubleshooting
  • Performance tests;
  • Testing and trouble-shooting procedures;
  •  Recording and Interpreting test data.

Upon completion students will receive a Certificate of Completion from the Solar Energy Society of Alberta.


By registering for this class, you are agreeing to SESA's Cancellation Policy. Please read the Cancellation Policy before purchasing.


Available Funding for Course Costs

We would like to encourage participants in our PV System Design and Modelling Class to apply for the Canada-Alberta Job Grant (CAJG), which will cover up to two-thirds of the cost of the class for certain participants.

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Please direct your questions about the Job Grant program to a Workforce Consultant of Alberta Labour. They can be reached by email, at [email protected], or phone: 780-638-9424 within Edmonton, or toll-free 1-855-638-9424.