This 40-hour course covers advanced topics to consider when designing commercial and utility -scale PV systems. The REPV: Renewable Energy Generation with PV Systems (or equivalent) is required before taking this advanced course.
This course counts for the 40 hour advanced PV course education requirement found in SEC 3.5 of the NABCEP Candidate Handbook needed to sit for the NABCEP PV Installation Professional Certification Exam. The bulk of this week-long workshop covers topics relating to the National Electrical Code® (NEC) requirements for PV systems and prepares the participant for proper code compliance, wire sizing, equipment specifications, permit processing, commissioning and other necessary steps in the design and installation phases of residential and commercial systems. Activities in this workshop include designing a multiple inverter commercial PV system, from choosing equipment to processing forms, and a tour of commercial PV systems.
At the end of the class, you should be able to:
Identify optimum sites for solar electric systems using IV curve tracer; shading live system; Pathfinder
Calculate inverter efficiency
Navigate and interpret NEC Article 690
Identify and interpret required disconnects, combiner specifications, mechanical drawings
Calculate tilt angle; inter-row shading
Troubleshoot ground faults
Design and wire diagram a complex commercial scale system
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