This course is designed to provide technicians an understanding of the maintenance required over the lifetime of a solar electric (PV) system.
December 2-22, 2019
Midwest Renewable Energy Association
This four-hour, online course is designed to provide current and aspiring technicians an understanding of the periodic maintenance required to ensure optimal energy production over the lifetime of a solar electric (PV) system. Participants will review the components in a PV system, learn what’s expected in a six- and twelve-month checkup, and explore tools that can be used to find existing and potential problem areas through a combination of recorded presentations, resources, quizzes, and live webinars.
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
Describe the balance of system (BOS) components found in a PV system
Recognize common PV system malfunctions
Identify potential obstructions to the solar window
Calculate for voltage rise and drop with changes in ambient temperature, using the NEC and manufacturer specifications
Describe the necessary steps for performing a six-month inspection and checkup
Identify equipment required for taking safe and accurate field measurements
Analyze infrared scans to find hot spots
Examine I-V curves and data tables to find performance and production issues like passing clouds, frost, shading, low irradiance, and lightning damage
Describe the necessary steps for performing a one-year inspection and checkup