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      Course objective (Applicability): DGS Solar Power Designers Commercial are able to design, supervise construction sites and commission commercial PV systems up to 1 MWp.

      Outline: In the three training days the participants will have a close look at commercial size PV systems. The main focus lies on the technical skills: How to determine the size of a system, how to size the system, what components are common and recommended, existing laws and regulations and how to use software (PV SOL Premium) to size commercial size systems. We will also have a look at typical obstacles that occur during project implementation: Organisation of a project and problem solving. 

      Duration: 3 Days (24 Education units)


      Participation in the SuperSolarSchool or proof of sufficient pre-knowledge in the field of solar PV basics and grid-tied PV system design.

      Target Audience

      • Technicians, engineers and architects with advanced knowledge on solar PV who want to improve their understanding and skills in the field of solar PV design.
      • PV business owners or planners who want to learn how to realise larger PV projects and what to consider

      Main Topics

      Components of commercial PV systems New module technology, mounting systems for rooftop and ground-mounted systems


      Electrical Safety for PV Systems Behaviour during power failure, anti-islanding, protection devices, feed-in prevention measurements, interaction with generators, fire and PV systems


      Case study 1 dimensioning of a commercial rooftop system Planning phase of commercial PV systems (from customer consultation to comissioning with special focus on laws and regulations, registration and site management); Dimensioning incl. quotation preparation (Step by step calculation by hand, selection of components, list of material, wiring diagramme and grid integration, quote generation, SSEG application, COC


      Case study 2 dimensioning of a commercial rooftop system with software tools* Introduction and use of Valentin Software PV SOL; Demonstration of system sizing with PV Sol with focus on the 3D tool, component selection and the report function; System sizing exercise for a commercial roof system from map section/site plan fit a focus on polymorph connections, power optimizer, multiple inverter systems, optimising


      *All participants receive a 4 week test license and will size a complete system. 


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      Ronald Baxter
      SANRAL Technical Innovations / 2018 Alumni SuperSolarSchool

      Ronald Baxter

      I'm from SANRAL Technical Innovation. We are expanding on our road network so we have a few renewable energy sites and therefor we need the best design so myself and two of my colleagues attended the course. And it was really fun! We had workshops and hands-on experiments with the tools. Thank you very much! It was a really well presented course and I really enjoyed it!

      Scott Andrew

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      I did the Sunrise Intermediate course in 2014. We were a plumbing company and wanted to become a solar company. After 6 months we set up our own operation, paid school fees in the early years, went to China and ended up now using Victron. I am now the biggest seller for Victron equipment in Africa and the second biggest in the world. When I started, the course gave me an understanding in how to approach solar. A tip I give to all the people I get requests from is to take advantage of opportunities at the time!

      Fikile Khiva

      Fikile Khiva, Slide 1

      I highly recommend whoever is interested in solar energy, maybe as a consultant or as a technician or just a project manager. So for me the academy has done a great job, in fact it’s align to my future going forward in terms of business opportunities. Thank you very much!

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