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PV System Design (PV 202) online PV System Design (23 PV 202.02) Online is a Course

PV System Design (23 PV 202.02) Online

Time limit: 60 days

$395 Enroll

Full course description

Prerequisite(s): PV 101 and PV 201

This is an online independent study course:

  • Once enrolled, participants have 60 days to complete 16 hours of training and receive credit for taking the course. This instructor-led online course is delivered with recorded presentations, exercises, tutorial videos, and quizzes. Progress is monitored daily.
  • Office hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from Noon-1:00 p.m. CT. If you have any questions or would like to chat, just login and/or call anytime within the hour, and your instructor will be there.


Required Materials

  • Technology: computer with speakers and Internet access
  • Required Textbook: You may choose one of two (or both):
    • Solar Electric Handbook: Photovoltaic Fundamentals and Applications, 2nd ed. Solar Energy International. ISBN# 978-1-7363581-0-8.
    • Photovoltaic Systems, 3rd ed. James P. Dunlop. ISBN# 978-1-935941-05-7.
      • Purchasing the textbook upon course registration is optional, you can also buy, rent, or borrow the textbook on your own.

Course Description:

This 16-hour course teaches the step-by-step process of designing grid-tied and battery-based PV systems. Participants will explore sizing strategies, select appropriate equipment for each system type, identify mounting methods and related equipment needed for a safe and structurally sound installation, and calculate voltage, current, and power of the system to ensure its safe operation and code-compliant electrical installation.  


Design parameters of PV modules, inverters, charge controllers, batteries, and module-level power electronics (MLPE) will be discussed at length, and emphasis is placed on series and parallel circuit calculations, the I-V curve, maximum power point (MPP) tracking, and the effect irradiance and temperature has volage and current values in a PV system and its overall performance. Participants will be introduced to a variety of national and local building codes, electrical codes, and safety regulations as they pertain to PV system installation, interconnection, and inspection.


Course instructor: Jenny Heinzen



Continuing Education

This course is approved for continuing education by the Wisconsin Department of Safety & Professional Services (WIDSPS) for:

  • 16 Commercial Electrical Inspector
  • 12 Dwelling Contractor Qualifier
  • 16 Industrial Journeyman Electrician
  • 16 Journeyman Electrician
  • 16 Master Electrician
  • 16 Registered Electrician
  • 16 Residential Journeyman Electrician
  • 16 Residential Master Electrician
  • 16 UDC-Electrical Inspector