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Floating Photovoltaic Systems

COURSE NO: R01-014
Floating Photovoltaic Systems
Course Highlights

This engineering online PDH course will establish the principles of capital cost modeling and assumptions for solar photovoltaic systems installed on floats anchored in bodies of water.


Typical bodies of water used include industrial ponds, hydropower reservoirs, agricultural ponds, and flood control reservoirs. Floating solar photovoltaic (FPV) systems are advantageous in places where land use is constrained, land is not easily accessible, or land leasing is expensive, and a body of water is available. In this course, an analysis of the installed costs for a FPV system constructed for average site conditions shows that the FPV system costs are approximately 25% higher than ground-mounted, fixed-tilt PV installed over bare ground. Higher structural costs related to the floats and anchoring system are the largest contributors to the increased cost. FPV deployment is in an early stage, and additional experience, best practice development, and new configurations and technologies might help reduce the costs of FPV systems over time.


The 1 PDH online course is intended for civil, mechanical, environmental, and electrical engineers concerned with the design and installation of photovoltaic systems.
Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Learning how to apply bottom-up modeling methods to calculate the capital costs associated with FPV applications for different site characteristics and system design types.
  • Knowing global FPV deployment data
  • Understanding FPV system design assumptions
  • Recognizing key cost components of FPV systems
Course Document
In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document titled “Floating Photovoltaic Systems” which is based on the National Renewable Energy Laboratory publication number NREL/TP-7A40-80695.
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Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of ten (10) questions to earn 1 PDH credit.
The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

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