Course: Certified PV Professional – online training

renac renewables academyDates: 1 April  – 30 September 2017
Organisation: RENAC
Register/website: Certified PV Professional – online training 

Description: After completing this online training, participants will be able to understand the different applications of both grid-connected and off-grid PV technologies, as well as PV-hybrid mini-grids. The Certified PV Professional online training provides knowledge on planning and operation of different PV systems, pointing out critical success factors.

The course material is suitable for persons with previous knowledge on renewable energy or electricity. The knowledge of Applying Renewable Energy: Solar Technologies, Complete Overview or similar is recommended.



  • Introduction to energy and to the solar resource
  • Basic technological principles of electrical power systems
  • Frequency and voltage control
  • Power system stability

PV application: 

  • PV system categories and applications
  • Basic components of a PV system
  • Physical aspects such as irradiance and temperature
  • Energy yield calculation and performance ratio

PV technology:

  • Physics of a PV cell, photovoltaic effect
  • Different types of PV cells
  • PV modules and arrays: configuration, efficiency and shading

PV-diesel hybrid systems:

  • Categories of PV-diesel hybrid systems
  • System components and system sizing
  • Dynamic system behavior
  • Economic evaluation

Off-grid PV systems:

  • System applications and configurations
  • System design and sizing: key factors and methodology
  • Installation and commissioning incl. best practice examples
  • Economics of an off-grid PV system

Planning of large-scale grid-connected PV:

  • Feasibility study, assessment of location, estimate of yield
  • Quality criteria for bankable yield assessment studies
  • Environmental conditions, infrastructure, grid connection
  • Commissioning procedure, operation and maintenance

Planning of PV-diesel hybrid power stations (“Fuelsaver”):

  • Feasibility study, load profiles, load projections
  • Characteristics and dynamic behaviour of diesel gensets
  • Technical concerns and system optimization
  • Detailed financial analysis
  • Commissioning procedure, O&M, data monitoring