Solar Power System Fundamentals

Engineering context

This online course is delivered by Global Sustainable Energy Solutions, an Australian leader in renewable energy engineering, training and consultancy specialising in photovoltaic technology.

As technology improves, solar power is becoming a more and more viable alternative generation method to fossil fuels.

A comprehensive introduction to grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, this course comprises theory and quizzes that participants can complete at their own pace.

The resource is presented in topics, starting with how solar systems work, progressing on to the design, costs and installation of a solar system, and finally discussing post-installation safety, operation and maintenance.

Those who complete the course are eligible for 30 Clean Energy Council Continuous Professional Development (CPD) points.

Build your Chartered competencies

This training course builds skills and knowledge in the following Engineers Australia Chartered status competencies*:

4. Develop safe and sustainable solutions
6. Identify, assess and manage risks
7. Meet legal and regulatory requirements
12. Advanced engineering knowledge
13. Local engineering knowledge

Learn more about Chartered Status.

*Completing this course does not automatically guarantee a competency, it provides participants with the underpinning knowledge required to develop specific Chartered competencies.

Related courses

Grid Connected PV Systems - Design

Grid Connected PV Systems with Battery Storage - Design

Completion of these two courses forms part of an Accreditation credential from the Clean Energy Council for designing and installing grid connected PV systems with battery storage.

Solar Power System Fundamentals
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Is this course for you?

Because it assumes no previous knowledge in the field, this course will be useful to professionals as well as homeowners or business owners who have, or about to install, a solar PV system.

It will also appeal to engineers holding accreditation through the Clean Energy Council and requiring Professional Development (CPD) points.

Your facilitator for this course

Global Sustainable Energy Solutions (GSES) is an Australian based renewable energy engineering, consultancy and training organisation, undertaking projects in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands.

Established in 1998, GSES has a diverse portfolio, and is experienced in system engineering, design, audit and education for both government and private enterprise. Their expertise covers both on grid and off grid renewable energy resources and commercial aspects of RE technology systems and power supplies.

Full Course Outline

The course is delivered online and takes approximately 20 hours to complete. After registering online, access will be provided to the online teaching material. Participants can complete the course at their own pace. Tutors are available for additional help either by phone, email or in person.

Understanding PV systems
This topic will cover solar power concepts, solar resource theory, solar PV module characteristics and technology, inverter characteristics and other system components.
Planning and installing a grid-connected PV system
This topic covers the planning process that a PV system installer undertakes, taking into consideration energy efficiency, economics of a PV system and choosing a solar retail company.
Owning and maintaining a PV system
This topic examines the system shutdown procedure, monitoring system output, system maintenance, system troubleshooting and working safely around PV systems.