Photovoltaic System Design & Modelling

What Will Be Taught?

This class is designed for electricians, technicians, engineers, solar installers, and sales people with an understanding of electrical theory and electrical terminology, who wish to understand how to design and evaluate the performance of solar electric systems.
The Friday evening, three-hour class is a review of photovoltaic system types, the basic components of a photovoltaic system and the impact of location and shading. The Saturday session addresses design of photovoltaic systems in the context of matching performance requirements to photovoltaic equipment specifications including modules, power optimizers, mounting systems, inverters, charge controllers and batteries. Sunday morning is a software class utilizing Photovoltaic System modelling tools. Applying the Canadian Electrical Code and National Building Code to PV System design are covered on Sunday afternoon with a focus on grid-tie PV systems and battery-based systems.
The course is presented as a series of Case Studies with practical design examples used throughout. Advances in PV technology, the economics of PV systems, and the PV industry in general will also be discussed in context.
Upon completion participants will be able to:
  • Interpret specifications for major components of Photovoltaic (PV) systems;
  • Specify major components of grid-tie, battery-based, and grid-tie battery backup PV systems;
  • Specify the Balance of System (BOS) components of PV Systems.
  • Apply the appropriate sections of the CEC to PV system design;
  • Identify mounting methods and structural constraints, as well as commissioning safety procedures for roof top PV arrays.
Software and Modelling Section:
  • Prepare pre-feasibility and feasibility reports using RETScreen® Software.
  • Conduct performance modelling using System Advisor Model (SAM) Software.
  • Identify the abilities and limitations of other software tools (e.g. HOMER).
  • Participants are required to have a laptop, with the course software (RETSCreen and SAM) loaded in order to participate in the software and modelling portion of the class. Please note RETScreen requires users to also have MS Excel on their computers. Participants are encouraged to bring copies of the current Canadian or Alberta Electrical Code.
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
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.
Instructor Information:
Please see the attached document 'Instructor Biography' for more information on Instructor Eric Smiley's background, credentials, and experience.
Software/Coursepack Requirements:
Participants are required to have a laptop with the course software loaded; please see the attached information sheet for detailed information on course software. Participants are encouraged to bring copies of the current Canadian or Alberta Electrical Code, it is not required.
Available Funding for Course Costs:
Industry employees and employers, please see the attached documents on available funding to apply for the Canada-Alberta Job Grant.

Who Will Be Teaching?

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


Friday, June 23, 2017 - 6:30pm to Sunday, June 25, 2017 - 5:30pm


NAIT Alternative Energy Centre
106 Street and Princess Elizabeth Avenue
Edmonton AB T5G 2R1


480.00 CAD

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