Solar Power System Fundamentals
Make the right decisions on your future solar system. Master the fundamentals.
“Is my building a good candidate for solar? Are the quotes I’ve received accurate and truthful? How can I make the most money on my investment? ” There are many questions when considering solar, so the more informed you are, the better decisions you can make.
This online solar course will help you make informed decisions for grid-connected solar systems; no previous experience required. It is perfect for homeowners, property managers, real estate agents, business owners, council members and energy savvy individuals. If you also want to work in the solar industry, this is the first step.
The course takes roughly 20 hours to complete, but you have 1 year of online access. You can study at your own pace, at any time! The course contains 18 topics in 3 sections, each with a short quiz. View the Detailed Course Contents Dropdown below to see more.
Ready to be part of the solar future? Purchase today and we’ll have you up and learning in about 1 day.
Outcome of Successful Completion
Students will earn a GSES certificate of completion stating they have completed the Solar Power System Fundamentals course. GSES is a Registered Training Organization in Australia and has been a trusted worldwide trainer since 1998. Those looking for their first job in the solar industry will stand out above others with this training.
Detailed Course Contents
Introduction: What is Solar Power?
What is solar power? Why is it useful? What is the difference between solar power and photovoltaics (PV)? What is the difference between a grid-connected PV system and a stand-alone PV system? This section introduces solar power, specifically PV, answering all of the above questions and providing the foundation for understanding the rest of the course.
Solar Power and PV Systems
This section explains the key parts of a solar photovoltaic (PV) system.
- Understanding Solar PV Systems
- Solar Resource
- Photovoltaic Modules
- Grid-Connect Inverters
- Balance of System Equipment
Planning and Installing a Grid-Connected PV System
This section covers how to plan for the installation of a photovoltaic (PV) system to obtain the best energy yield, and financial return.
- System Expectations
- Site Assessment
- Introduction to Energy Efficiency
- Economics of a PV System
- Choosing a Solar Retail Company
- After the Installation
Owning and Maintaining a PV System
The third of three sections in the course. This section outlines what a system owner needs to know about owning a PV system and the maintenance required. It includes an explanation of the proper shutdown procedure, a troubleshooting guide, and a guide for having non-solar contractors working around the PV system.
- Owning and Maintaining a PV System
- The Shutdown Procedure
- Monitoring System Output
- Maintaining the System
- Is My System Working?
- Non-solar Contractors Onsite
- Where to From Here?
Delivery Method and Duration
Delivery is online comprising theory, and short quizzes at the end of each topic. Tutor support is available if required.
This online course is self-paced. We estimate it may take approximately 20 hours to complete, however this can vary. Course access is valid for 12 months.
After your purchase, our training team will create and account and email you with your login details. This may take 1 business day in Australia, so please allow for time zone differences.
Materials and Equipment
A computer, laptop, tablet, or phone with reliable internet access is required.
Students will receive a GSES certificate of completion stating they have completed the Solar Power System Fundamentals course.
Cancellation and Refunds
A full refund is available within 14 days of purchase, on the condition that the student/s have not yet logged into the student portal. Due to the online nature of the course, no refunds are possible once the course has been accessed on the student portal.