Solar Photovoltaic System Design
Introduction to Residential Solar
Wednesday, January 4, 2017, 11:00 AM – 2:15 PM CST (incl. a 15 minute break)
Electrical terms and how photovoltaics work
Use PVWatts to determine system performance estimates
Different solar module types and specification sheets
Different inverter system types and specification sheets.
Racking components and other balance of system material
Battery-based design differences and sizing procedure.
Design / procurement / installation / commissioning process
Ask project ownership questions such as insurance,
fire code adherence, and project maintenance
Latest in solar appraised value analysis
Design Your Solar Roof
Wednesday, January 11, 2017, 11:00 AM – 2:15 PM CST (incl. a 15 minute break)
Introduction to solar design software
• Use Google Earth to pick a rooftop for your design.
• Model an array layout with software-based assistance (software is provided)
Impact of module and inverter selection on system wiring
Residential interconnection options and grounding parameters
Wire/conduit selection and voltage drop
Convert array layout into a racking plan.
Prepare your solar design for structural engineering.
Permit package and code requirements
Wednesday, January 18, 2017, 11:00 AM – 2:15 PM CST (incl. a 15 minute break)
Definition of community solar
Fundamentals of regulated and deregulated grid structures.
Online resources for identifying state green energy policy
Renewable energy credit (REC) transactions and pricing
Analyze community solar case studies across multiple states
Community solar development models
Understand how state and utility policy impacts community solar modeling
Community solar contract terms and conditions
Utility-scale design considerations
Economic payback of community solar participation
Compare community solar to direct ownership
Explore alternatives to community solar
Solar Battery Management Systems
Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 11:00 AM – 2:15 PM CST (incl. a 15 minute break)
Components and specifications review
Battery management systems
2. Standby power
3. Peak demand shaving
4. Energy arbitrage
Compare and contrast with batteryless solar
Electric service considerations – new and retrofit
Economic analysis 2015-2020
Honorable mentions in storage technology
All attendees must log-on through their own email – attendees may not watch together if they wish to earn continuing education credit. HalfMoon Education Inc. must be able to prove attendance if either the attendee or HalfMoon Education Inc. is audited.
Certificates of completion will be provided for each webinar attended and will be sent via email in PDF form about five business days after the date of the conclusion of the series.
Webinars are presented via GoToWebinar, an easy-to-use application that can be run on most systems and tablets. Instructions and login information will be provided in an email sent close to the date of the webinar. It is highly recommended that you download, install and test the application before the webinar begins by clicking on the link in the email.
GoToWebinar system requirements:
Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10
Mac OSX 10.9 (Mavericks) – 10.11 (El Capitan)
Chrome v34+, Firefox v34+, Internet Explorer 8+, Microsoft Edge, Safari v6+
Internet connection: Hardware:
Minimum of 1Mbps 2GB RAM or more
12.0 HSW Contact Hours
12.0 HSW LUs
Continuing Education Credit Information
HalfMoon Education is an American Institute of Architects-approved continuing education sponsor (No. J885), is an approved continuing education sponsor for architects in Florida, and is deemed an approved sponsor for architects in New York. Check each webinar for the number of contact hours available. HalfMoon Education is an approved engineer continuing education provider in Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), New York (NYSED Sponsor No. 35), North Carolina, and North Dakota. Other states do not preapprove educators or courses. These webinars offer engineer continuing education credit in all states. Check each course listing for the number of PDHs available. Participation and knowledge retention will be verified for these webinar events, certificates of completion will be provided, and LUs will be reported to the AIA. The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners has approved two of the solar photovoltaic webinars, Design Your Solar Roof and Solar Battery Management Systems. Please see individual course listings for credit approval.
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