System Sizing COURSE | $395.00

Come and learn what solar can actually do. This 2 day, 12 hour course will let you know exactly what goes into harnessing the power of the sun. Like everything, Photovoltaics has its limitations. We will walk you through the sizing process. Learn what effects angles and shading have on panels, and how many you will need to achieve your production goals. We also cover all the different equipment involved in the system. By the time you are done the second day, you will know the cost of a system, and the production capabilities of it. We discuss this for grid tie, off grid and your marine and RV needs.

Introduction to simple solar theories

  • What is a solar panel and how does it make electricity.
  • Compare mono to poly panels
  • how are panels made
  • introduce the differences between AC and DC power
  • discuss mathematical requirements to understand basic electrical systems
  • Discuss concepts of efficiencies and losses in electrical systems
  • introduce the necessity to size wires in an electrical system
  • discuss volt drops and its effect on electrical system
  • discuss temperature effects on a photovoltaic panel
  • complete some worksheets to compound sizing knowledge

Introduction to grid tie

  • discuss goal of a grid tie system and its capability to affect your power bill
  • Introduce micro inverters and explain their line diagram
  • Introduce string inverters and their line diagram
  • in depth comparison of the two inverter technologies
  • Discuss grid tie sizing based on power consumption
  • Discuss grid tie systems based on roof capabilities
  • Introduce solar charts and the importance of solar iridescence
  • Introduce Kinetic mounting systems
  • Discuss electrical panel tie in and how it works
  • Discuss electrical codes that pertain to Grid tie systems
  • Discuss process of commissioning a solar install

Introduction to Off Grid Systems

  • Discuss the off grid lifestyle changes
  • Discuss the loads of particular appliances
  • Introduce all the components of a photovoltaic off grid system
  • Discuss Charge controllers
  • In depth comparison between MPPT and PWM controllers
  • Discuss different batteries and their pros and cons
  • Discuss battery wiring methods
  • In depth comparison between the different battery technology.
  • Introduce off grid inverters
  • discuss the other generation systems often used in conjunction with photovoltaic
  • In depth sizing of all aspects of the off grid systems

Introduction to Hybrid Systems

  • Compare grid tie, off grid and hybrid systems
  • Explain how a hybrid works
  • Explain why this system is a product of interest in some markets
  • Discuss the different system requirements for this type of system
    Selling Solar
  • Compare current generation systems such as coal, hydro, wind, natural gas, nuclear etc.
  • Answer commonly asked question about solar such as ROI, longevity, durability, warranty
  • Explain the sectors that are currently active in our Alberta marketplace
  • Discuss who potential PV customers are
  • Discuss incentives that are of interest
  • Discuss current actual cost of power by region
  • Explain the pros and cons of grid tie systems with financial consideration based on region

Course Calendar
  • October 17, 2017 - October 18, 2017
    9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • December 5, 2017 - December 6, 2017
    9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • April 10, 2018 - April 11, 2018
    9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • October 16, 2018 - October 17, 2018
    9:00 am - 3:00 pm



Venue Phone: 403-463-5610

Venue Website:

3220 118 Ave SE, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, T2Z 3X1