Target Audience

  • This course program is designed for those who intend to pursue a career in renewable energy, Solar PV System design and installation such as:
  • Solar installers/technicians
  • Contractors
  • Project Managers
  • Engineers
  • This course program unites participants from a wide range of personal backgrounds such as:
  • Industry players
  • Students
  • NYSC members

Learning Outcomes

  • Participants of this solar energy training will be able to:
  • Understand different types of renewable energy sources.
  • Properly design and size solar photovoltaic power systems.
  • Demonstrate safe working practices.
  • Identify and describe basic functions of different components of PV systems.
  • Understand features of solar PV system configurations and applications: DC systems, stand-alone, Hybrid systems/grid connections.
  • Understand AC and DC electricity and explain their differences
  • Explain the relationship between: power, voltage, current, electric charge and energy.
  • Perform professional energy audits.
  • Give energy efficiency and energy management advice to clients.
  • Describe the differences among various PV cell technologies.
  • Identify meters used with PV systems and key points of meter use and safety.

More Learning Outcomes

  • Use energy meters and clamp on meters.
  • Define and list characteristics of series and parallel circuits, and review the application of these connections to ensure system compatibility.
  • Define factors that impact the amount of peak sun hours reaching the array.
  • Identify tilt angle and orientation that provides maximum energy production.
  • Identify data required to size and design solar PV systems.
  • Identify common PV mounting options; list advantages and disadvantages of different mounting options.
  • Identify the different types of inverter technologies and list their advantages and disadvantages.
  • Describe some installation tips and techniques for the different types of solar PV systems.
  • Determine the correct wiring configuration of PV modules for a given application.

Course Content

  • The course content is categorized into four broad areas:
  • Inverter/battery design and technology.
  • Solar photovoltaic system design and installation.
  • Solar water technology.
  • Renewable energy marketing, management and entrepreneurship training.
  • N/B: The training duration is three months and it is divided into two sections for effective delivery: Classroom Learning and Experience Program.
  • The classroom takes one month period during which students are exposed to various theoretical learnings and background in Solar Photovoltaic System Design and installations.
  • The Experience program covers a period of two months where students have practical exposure required to work independently and develop their career after graduation.
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