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NEW GSES+ training platform!!

Our NEW GSES+ training platform offers an immersive training environment using augmented reality (AR) where learners can rapidly develop their skills. Powered by the simulation engine of Interplay Learning, based in Austin, TX, learners will encounter lifelike, in-field scenarios and be guided through best practices to address each situation.

Learning should be progressive and repeatable to build proficiency and raise the skill level of the learner. Using 3D simulations and Virtual Reality creates a best of both worlds training experience by combining the speed and flexibility of online learning with the practical learning outcomes of field training.

The course is a perfect introduction for anyone looking to expand their knowledge on the process of installing a residential PV system from start to finish. Within the modules, students are provided with videos, quizzes, simulations and reading material to cater for all types of learners.

The installation process is covered in its entirety, broken down into the following sections:

  • Site assessment:
    • This module has focus on safety and preparation. Students will learn how to assess a site for and potential hazards or obstructions as well as being able to judge the suitability of the site for a solar installation.
  • Array Assembly Installation:
    • This is the physical process of installing a solar array on a rooftop. The process starts with measuring and marking significant locations on the roof such as mounting points and array boundaries, followed by the correct procedure for installing mounting rails and other rooftop equipment including the solar modules.
  • Electrical Installation:
    • After all necessary equipment is installed on the rooftop; students will learn how to install the remaining components such as inverters, meters and system protection devices. The process of pulling wires through conduits is then shown in detail to prepare the system for being electrically connected.
  • Mechanical Commissioning:
    • Commissioning is the final step for inspecting the system before it can be operated. As well as teaching the necessary checks to ensure the system will be safe, this module details why each check is important, emphasising the importance of safe installation practices.
  • Electrical Commissioning:
    • After the mechanical aspects of the system are checked, there are a number of critical electrical checks that must be performed before turning the system on. This module gives an introduction on essential electrical tools such as multimeters and megohmeters that will be used to sure the system is ready to be safely switched on. The module concludes the installation process with the connection of all components resulting in an operating solar system.
  • Trouble shooting:
    • In addition to the installation process, students will gain invaluable knowledge on troubleshooting a system, from diagnosing common issues to the repairs required to get a system back online.

The course also provides background knowledge on solar related technology, from cell manufacturing to system design to inverter operation.

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