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Photovoltaic Development Assessment

COURSE NO: R03-007
Photovoltaic Development Assessment
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course describes photovoltaic systems (PV modules, batteries, power conditioning, generators, and pumps) and discusses the photovoltaic markets including on-grid, off-grid and water pumping applications.


In this course calculation methods used for PV project modelling have been shown in detail. The tilted irradiance calculation algorithm and the PV array model are common to all applications. The tilted irradiance calculation uses an hourly model extended to take into account tracking surfaces. The PV array model takes into account changes in array performance induced by ambient temperature. The On-grid model and the Water pumping model are relatively simple models based on assumed average efficiencies. The Off-grid model is more complex and allows for a distinction between matched, continuous and intermittent loads which may have an influence on the amount of energy going through the battery.


This 3 PDH online course is suitable for engineers with a desire to understand the fundamentals of setting PV project. Presented details cover issues related to technical and financial implementation and exploitation of PV systems. Upon successful completion engineers will be able to address PV terms, methods of operation and how to set up detailed technical and financial feasibility model.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Understanding the basic theory and photovoltaic technology background
  • Learning about photovoltaic system components
  • Familiarizing with photovoltaic market applications (on-grid/off-grid)
  • Learning about photovoltaic project modelling
  • Understanding the basis of solar energy
  • Learning about PV array and water pumping model
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document titled, “Photovoltaic Development Assessment” which is based on Clean Energy Project Analysis RETScreen® Engineering & Cases Textbook, Third Edition, © Minister of Natural Resources Canada 2001-2005, September 2005.

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
Photovoltaic Development Assessment (313 KB)
Course Quiz

Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of twenty (20) questions to earn 3 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on the entire course document.

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

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you may print your Certificate of Completion after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email you your Certificate of Completion. Also, you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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