PV305: Advanced Photovoltaic (PV) System Design and Operation for the PV Professional
This course is designed to prepare students for a deep understanding of work as a PV installation professional. In depth coverage of the National Electric Code (NEC 2017) and other best practices are presented for residential and commercial-scale systems. Lessons dive into site preplanning, technology system components, system sizing, mechanical integration, electrical integration, utility connection, inspection and commissioning, operations/maintenance/troubleshooting, and economic analysis.
NEC requirements for design and installation are highlighted including overcurrent protection, disconnects, labeling, conduit and conduit sizing. Special focus is given on proper plan sets including one-line electrical diagrams. The course will employ spreadsheets and modeling tools to allow for practical design. Some hands-on experience with high-end tools such as the PV Analyzer will be given.
While the course focuses on grid-interactive systems, some attention will be paid to battery-based systems.
The course provides the 40 hours for NABCEP’s PV Installation Professional accreditation as required from an accredited institution and is offered on-premises at the Georgia Institute of Technology. A certificate from Georgia Tech will be issued.
Course dates: December 13-19, 2018 (5 days)
An optional 6th day (separate cost) of training is offered to explicitly review exam preparation material for the NABCEP PV Installation Professional course.