Designing a PV system for residential has its own particular challenges. The PV landscape has changed considerably over the last decade with many options now available. This course will help you understand how to move a residential PV project forward.

Instructor: Sol Haroon (EE), NABCEP PV Professional

Date & Time: Mon – Fri, November 28 – December 02, 2016 @ 9AM – 5PM

Location: Atlanta, GA [MAP]

PV101: Residential PV Design Overview and NEC Code Compliance

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Course Contents

PV Systems Overview

  • What are PV system and their role in the utility grid
  • Overview on electricity distribution
  • Brief history on PV development
  • Consideration for architectural design
  • Governing bodies and standards for PV deployment
  • Understanding NABCEP and finding certified professionals
  • Types of solar electricity technology
  • Comparison with Solar Thermal systems
  • What can you expect from a typical PV system

Needs Analysis, Site Survey and Pre-planning

  • Overview of steps/flow for a PV energy system from analysis, site surveys, design, installation, commissioning, diagnostics, and operations and maintenance
  • Understanding customer energy needs (loads)
  • Overview on solar radiation and its impact on a PV system
  • The work involved in a site analysis including shading
  • Understanding incentives (utility, state, federal)
  • Optimizing system performance

System Components and Configurations Overview

  • PV modules and arrays
  • Racking systems
  • Inverters, microinverters, and DC-DC optimizers: what to pick and why
  • Combiners and switchgear
  • Surge/lightning protection equipment
  • Types of PV systems

Storage/battery overview

  • Use of batteries
  • Types of storage systems
  • Performance characteristics
  • NEC and OSHA requirements for battery installation and safety

Electric Conditioning Equipment: charge controllers and inverters

  • Charge controllers functions, types, and selection
  • Inverter functions, types, and selection

System sizing

  • Sizing a PV system to meet different goals
  • System sizing methodologies and tools

Mechanical Integration

  • Why structural loads matter
  • Overview on racking systems

Electrical Integration and NEC code compliance

  • Inverter-based systems and the National Electric Code (2014 cycle)
  • International Building Code
    • Fire class rating
    • Structural provisions
    • Safety provisions

Utility Requirements

  • NEC article 705: methods of connecting to the utility
  • Understanding standards IEEE 1574 and UL 1741 and how they relate to interconnections
  • Distinguishing between net metering and other types of utility revenue metering

Permitting and Inspection

Importance and role of permitting and inspection

Economic Analysis and cost models

  • Incentives
  • Value assessment

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1 review for PV101: Residential PV Design Overview and NEC Code Compliance

  1. Durr-e-Suman

    Learned greatly from instructor. Communicated subject matter clearly.

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