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Solar PV Design course starts with a solid understanding of various components, system architectures, and applications for PV systems. Other topics include site analysis, system sizing, array configuration, and performance estimation; electrical design characteristics such as wiring, overcurrent protection, and grounding; a detailed look at module and inverter specifications and characteristics; mounting methods for various roof structures and ground¬ mounts; and an introduction to safely and effectively commissioning grid¬- direct PV systems. This course focuses on grid-¬direct PV systems, the largest and fastest growing segment of the PV industry, but covers material critical to understanding to local standards and regulations.

Delivery and Duration:

The PV Design course will be delivered by SESP and KAUST instructors and will include classroom lecture combined with hands-on lessons and site tours. Students will complete daily exercises and quizzes to assess learning.

The five-day course will run from Sunday- Thursday, 9am-4pm daily. Students who finish the course will be awarded with course completion certificate which will be eligible for SEC certification test.

Note: Registration Required.

Course Materials:

  • SESP Solar PV Designer Handbook
  • Solar PV System by Mike Holts

Course Outcomes:

The goal of the course is to create a fundamental understanding of the core concepts necessary to work with all PV systems, including: system components, site analysis, PV module criteria, mounting solutions, safety, and commissioning according to local KSA regulations.