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.
An optional 6th day of training is offered to explicitly review exam preparation material for the NABCEP PV Installation Professional course.
Understand the complete life-cycle of a PV system from analysis to design to operations and maintenance.
Understand design topologies.
Understand trade-offs and “inflection-points” for making decisions for such systems.
Specify the appropriate inverter and interconnection topology to and from the inverter
Analyze array mounting options in addition to other mechanical considerations.
Understand the NEC 2017 code requirements
Perform system and string sizing
Perform calculations for conductor and conduit sizing
Understand PV source circuits and the required overcurrent protection required at every step of the PV system
Identify potential problems and how to diagnose and take corrective actions.
Learn to read and evaluate project set plans.
Learn to use available tools for the design of such systems.
Provide guidance and practice questions for the NABCEP PV Professional exam.
Meet the required Job Task Analysis areas.
An integral part of any PV course is ensuring that the Job Task Analysis (JTA) requirements are met. These are outlined by NABCEP in the following document:
The required JTA for the PV Installer Professional exam consists of the following with the given percentages:
Verify System Design: 30%
Managing the Project: 17%
Installing Electrical Components: 22%
Installing Mechanical Components: 8%
Completing System Installation: 12%
Conducting Maintenance and Troubleshooting Activities: 11%
Some experience within the PV industry especially with a minimal of PV fundamental concepts.
Understanding of basic electrical terminology.
A USB thumb-drive containing course material, reports, and documentation.
Understanding NEC Requirements for Solar Photovoltaic Systems (Based on the NEC 2017)
PV Installation Professional Resource Guide (provided)
Excerpts from various industry-leading textbooks
Application note / white papers
Georgia Institute of Technology
College of Design
East Architecture Building, Room 214
245 Fourth Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30332
The East Architecture building is shown in the green circle in the following diagram. The two closest public parking areas are shown in the blue rectangles.
Students should bring their own laptop running Windows 7, 8, or 10 with at least 10 MB of free storage to allow for course material and simulation reports.
Sol Haroon (EE) is a consulting instructor at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the director of renewables and training at Pursuit Engineering, Inc. As an electrical engineer, he specializes in photovoltaic systems and renewable power systems by serving clients and by teaching. He is a published certified PV installation professional by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) and is also a long-standing member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). He has worked for many years in the solar field including 3 years at Suniva, Inc, an American solar manufacturing firm, where he lead the system’s architecture team including the design and commissioning of multi-Megawatt systems. He is also a consulting instructor in the electrical engineering department at the Georgia Institute of Technology where he has taught 27 graduate students in PV and renewable power systems. firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor Godfried Augenbroe has a 35 year track record of research in modeling and simulation of buildings. He is internationally recognized in promoting professional use of building simulation and has served on the board of the International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA). He has been the main advisor of 30+ PhD graduates in Europe and the USA. At Georgia Tech he teaches graduate courses and conducts research in the fields of building performance concepts, computational building simulation, indoor air quality, intelligent building systems, uncertainty and risk, system monitoring and diagnostics. He serves on the scientific board of five international journals and has published over 200 refereed papers and three books. He has given many keynote lectures, most recently at the 2015 Building Simulation Conference in Hyderabad where he received the distinguished achievement award from IBPSA. Godfried.Augenbroe@design.gatech.edu
Thursday, August 1
Friday, August 2
Monday, August 5
Tuesday, August 6
Wednesday, August 7
All five days will be from 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM with a morning break, a lunch break, and an afternoon break. Catered lunch will be provided.
Registrants Withdraw Penalty Fee
Registrants may withdraw from the course up to 3 weeks in advance with no penalty. After that a 15% fee is applied for withdrawing.
Companies may substitute a student for a currently registered student up to 3 weeks in advance with no penalty. After that a 15% fee is applied for withdrawing.
Fundamentals of photovoltaic systems
Typical photovoltaic applications
Principles of electrical systems
PV system configurations
Basic components of a photovoltaic system
The solar resource
Site Surveys and Preplanning
Managing the Project
Decision matrix for system design
Principles of system sizing: methodologies and calculations
Array mounting systems
National Electrical Code 2017
• PV Article 690
• NEC and OSHA requirements for battery installation and safety
• Overcurrent protection (OCPD) requirements
• Grounding requirements
• Labeling requirements
Effective design plan creation and tying concepts together
Lessons from the field
How to diagnose and ensure the proper system operation
Monitoring and O&M requirements
Payback, IRR, LCOE
Use of tools such as PVSyst, SAM, and Helioscope