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Intro to Solar P.V. & Off Grid Solar P.V.

  • Fitting solar panels on our 20Kw roofFitting solar panels on our 20Kw roof

    Sat 2nd - Sun 3rd March 2019.
    Courses starts at 9:30 and ends at 4pm on the last day.
    Course fee including full board accommodation £200.
    Another course runs on Sat 17th - Sun 18th Aug 2019.

  • Dates, Times & Fees

Course details

This two day course will examine the difference between on grid and off grid Solar P.V. Systems.

You’ll learn:-

• How Photovoltaics (P.V.) and electricity works.
• How to combine modules, batteries, inverters, cable sizes, calculate load demands, issues and considerations of off-grid systems.
• Theory and comparison to grid-linked systems.
• Tour of off-grid systems.
• Simple off-grid demo systems will be built in a practical exercise to reinforce the function of the different components and taking a schematic and implementing it into a system.
• You’ll measure IV curves and module efficiency in simple ways that can be useful for field testing.
• We’ll highlight data sources and useful software, including some practical sessions on these.

Please note:- The course is not aimed at training certified installers, but to give designers/maintainers a good insight into the design issues and tradeoffs.
It wouldn't cover exact costs, legislation or available components in particular locations.
There is no single design for a given task, it depends on the aims and importance of elements of the performance.
We would not be able to offer any roof work, or much 'real' system assembly.
The course is about understanding the design approach and methods and we can show examples of components and systems.

Things you need to know

You must be over the age of 18 years when this course starts.

Booking, Fees and Cancellation policy

To book a place on a course, please choose one of the following options:

• Book Online- the “Book online” button is either below, or in the top right corner of the screen and follow the instructions.

• Call the Courses Department on 01654 704 966 with your bank card details.

Please note: a £100 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your place.

The balance of the course fee is due 28 days before the start of the course.

Our course fees include full board accommodation, tuition and materials, unless otherwise stated.

Please also note our Cancellation & Refund Policy
a) The £100 deposit and 1 day course fees are non-refundable.
b) For courses of 2 days or more when you give us this notice of cancellation:
• 28 days or more – refund minus your £100 deposit.
• 8 to 27 days notice – refund minus your £100 deposit for sales of £200 or under. On sales over £200 - 50% refund.
• 7 days notice or under – no refund.
c) CAT reserves the right to cancel any courses. Deposits and fees will be returned in full should this happen.


Course Fees.

Start Date

Bed & Breakfast the night before the course starts

Book Now!

Email courses@cat.org.uk
or phone 01654 704 966

There are places available on this course.

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