Battery Based Photovoltaic Systems

What Will Be Taught?

This class is designed for electricians, technicians, engineers, solar installers, sales people and those with a basic understanding of electrical theory and electrical terminology, who wish to understand how to design and evaluate the performance of battery based solar electric systems.

The class will include the following learning objectives:

• Identify various battery-based solar PV system configurations;
• Evaluate site conditions and electrical loads for solar PV systems with energy storage;
• Choose battery-based solar PV system configurations to meet specific requirements;
• Interpret specifications for major components of battery-based solar PV systems;
• Specify major components of stand-alone and grid-interactive solar PV systems to meet site conditions and performance criteria using energy storage;
• Specify the Balance of System (BOS) components of battery-based PV Systems;
• Apply appropriate sections of the Canadian Electrical Code to battery-based solar PV system design;
• Interpret schematics of battery-based solar PV systems.
• Evaluate site conditions using shading analysis tools and software (demo only);
• Conduct performance modelling of battery-based grid-interactive solar PV systems using System Advisor Model (SAM) Software.
• Conduct optimization of battery-based stand-alone solar PV systems using HOMER software;

Participants are required to have a laptop with the course software (SAM and HOMER) loaded;  Participants are encouraged to bring copies of the current Canadian or Alberta Electrical Code.

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

Course hours:

  • Friday 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
  • Saturday 8:30 am to 5:30 pm
  • Sunday 8:30 am to 5:30 pm

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

Instructor Information, Eric Smiley M.ASc., P.Eng.

Mr. Smiley is the principal of Reid Wylde Engineering Ltd. on Vancouver Island, a renewable energy engineering company, and a member of Viridian Energy Co-operative, a renewable energy workers’ co-operative. His academic experience includes coordinating the Green Building and Renewable Energy Technology Diploma Program at Vancouver Island University, instructing in the Alternative Energy Technology Program at NAIT and leading applied research projects in renewable energy at the BCIT Technology Center.

Mr. Smiley holds a Master’s Degree in energy system modelling and is a Field Safety Representative for Solar Photovoltaic in BC. He is registered as an Electrical Engineer in the Province of BC and has over 20 years of experience in residential and small commercial renewable energy system design and installation. Mr. Smiley continues to teach renewable energy and engineering courses for various organizations, including, Solar Energy Society of Alberta, NAIT, BCIT, North Island College, Solar Energy International and CanSIA. He is an associate of ASHRAE; former chair of the NABCEP Exam committee for Photovoltaic Installers; and former member of the CSA Section 50 sub-committee for the Canadian Electrical Code.

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.

The Canada-Alberta Job Grant is an employer-driven training program. This means that employers decide on who gets training and what type of training may be needed for new and existing employees. Employers must use a third-party training provider to deliver the formal training either onsite, online, or in a classroom setting. Through the program, employers participate in the training decisions that will equip their current and future workers with the skills they need to fill available jobs. The grant supports new training initiatives not currently being used by employers.

Click Here for More Information and To Apply

Please direct your questions about the 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. Please view the application tip sheet further down this page.

Who Will Be Teaching?

Eric Smiley P. Eng. - Reid Wylde Engineering Ltd..


Friday, March 24, 2017 - 6:30pm to Sunday, March 26, 2017 - 5:30pm


NAIT X-Wing, Room X-107
106 Street and Princess Elizabeth Avenue
Edmonton AB T5G 2R1


480.00 CAD

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