Programme Details


Course Description
Participants will learn how solar photovoltaic systems and backup (inverter) systems work, how they are designed, and how systems are installed during this Intensive Solar Energy training. The course will cover the fundamentals of photovoltaics, such as how voltage, current, power, and energy interact. The program teaches participants how to calculate and customize the components needed for successful installations (inverter, solar panel, charge controllers, batteries, and so on). Energy auditing and energy efficiency implementation techniques are also covered in the program. The program includes lessons on installation safety, system maintenance, and solar entrepreneurship.

Learning Objectives
By the end of this course the learners should be able to:

  • Be familiar with the various types of renewable energy sources.
  • Design and size solar photovoltaic power systems correctly.
  • Demonstrate safe working practices
  • Identify and describe basic functions of different PV system components
  • Understand features of solar PV system configurations and applications: DC systems, stand-alone, Hybrid systems/grid connected
  • Explain the relationship between power, voltage, current, electric charge, and energy
  • Perform professional energy audits
  • Provide clients with energy efficiency and energy management advice
  • Describe the differences between various PV cell technologies.
  • Identify meters used with PV systems and key points of meter use and safety
  • Use energy meters and clamp on meters
  • Define and list characteristics of series and parallel circuits, and review the application of these connections to ensure system compatibility
  • Define factors that influence the amount of peak sun hours reaching the array
  • Identify tilt angle and orientation that provides maximum energy production
  • Identify terminology for the various circuits in PV systems
  • Perform basic overcurrent device sizing for DC and AC PV system circuits
  • Identify potential jobsite hazards and opportunities for additional safety training
  • Determine appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for PV installation and commissioning tasks • Using a roof model, install solar panels on the roof.
  • Using an electric circuit simulation board, integrate solar inverters with existing house wiring.
  • Recognize key functions of a solar charge controller Understand the various types of battery technology available on the market, as well as their benefits and drawbacks
  • Understand how to read battery cycle life
  • Understand how to choose the right battery type for a specific site and customer
  • Understand how to maintain battery banks for maximum life span
  • Understand the steps required for solar system installation
  • Identify tools required for solar system installation and their proper use

Learning Outcomes

  • Name the different applications for PV systems and corresponding categories
  • Decide which system types and components are to be used for which purpose
  • Explain the basic parameters impacting power output of a PV system
  • Paraphrase the economic aspects of PV systems incl. energy yield, metering, installation with control and costs.
  • Define and explain the required components of the PV power plant
  • Describe the contracts, studies and permissions required for PV project development
  • Present all necessary steps from planning to operation and maintenance
  • Assess and supervise the implementation of a large-scale PV power plant

Job Opportunities

  • They will able to self-employed in the area of installing solar power systems.
  • Job placement in solar power system marketing and manufacturing company.
  • Employment by power generating company.
  • Get contract for solar power projects.

Entry Requirements
The following candidates are eligible to apply:
  1. Holders of WASCE/SSCE/GCE/NECO (O Level)/NABTEB or its equivalent with Credit passes in English Language and any Two (2) relevant subjects
  2. Mature Candidates with related experience
  3. Candidates awaiting Results in the current year of application