Solar Power System Fundamentals

Solar Power System Fundamentals: System Technology, Understanding and Safety

The Solar Power System Fundamentals: System Technology, Understanding and Safety online course is a comprehensive introduction to grid-connect solar photovoltaic (PV) electric systems for homeowners, trades people and anyone wishing to gain a sound fundamental understanding of PV systems.
  • Outcome: Certificate of completion and 20 CEC CPD points
  • Delivery Method: Online
  • Delivery Dates: Continuous
  • Current Price: $295

    Course Outline

    The Solar Power System Fundamentals: System Technology, Understanding and Safety online course is a comprehensive introduction to grid-connect solar photovoltaic (PV) electric systems for homeowners, trades people and anyone wishing to gain a sound fundamental understanding of PV systems.

    This online course provides a structured approach to studying the essentials of solar PV systems. The course comprises theory and quizzes that can be completed at the student’s own pace. The resource is presented in topics, starting with how solar systems work, progressing on to the design, costs and installation of a solar system, and finally discussing post-installation safety, operation and maintenance. Progress is assessed through quiz questions at the end of each topic.

    The online course can be purchased either alone, for $295 inc. GST, or together with the Earthscan Expert Series: Grid-Connected Solar Electric Systems handbook, for the discounted combined price of $345 inc. GST (a saving of nearly 20% on this publication). Earthscan Expert Series: Grid-Connected Solar Electric Systems covers similar topics in greater detail and would be suitable further reading.

    This online course also provides information on grid-connected PV systems using battery storage. This material is provided in response to the market interest in the use of storage for solar PV systems.

    Assumed Knowledge

    There is no assumed knowledge for this course.

    Course Requirements

    Please note that, as this is an online course, a continuous internet connection is required to access and progress through the course material.

    Course Content

    The course is split into three topics, which outline the principles of grid-connected PV systems by covering the following content:

    Topic 1: Understanding PV Systems

    • Solar power concepts
    • Solar resource theory
    • Solar PV module characteristics and technologies
    • Inverter characteristics and technologies
    • Other system components

    Topic 2: Planning and Installing a Grid-connected PV System

    • The planning process that a PV system installer undertakes
    • Energy efficiency
    • Economics of a PV system
    • Choosing a solar retail company

    Topic 3: Owning and Maintaining a PV System

    • System shutdown procedure
    • Monitoring system output
    • System maintenance
    • System troubleshooting
    • Working safely around PV systems

    The course contains a topic on battery storage systems compatible with solar PV systems. This topic is unassessed and aims to supplement the student’s understanding of different applications of solar PV systems.

    Topic: Grid-Connected PV Systems with Battery Storage

    • Battery storage system concepts
    • Planning for a battery storage system
    • Battery storage system components and technologies
    • Battery storage system maintenance

    Course Support

    GSES tutors will be available by phone and e-mail to assist students partaking this course during working hours.

    Course Outcome

    The course is assessed by topic quizzes, which target key points of the course. The course is considered completed when all quizzes have been attempted and full marks have been obtained.

    A GSES Certificate of Completion is awarded for the successful completion of this course.

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