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Installing Advanced Photovoltaic Systems


Electrical, Siting, Structural Considerations and Safety,
Start-Up, Permitting and Paperwork

Offering 7 CEUs for Architects, Engineers, Electricians
North American Board of Certified Energy Providers Approved

Saturday, January 30, 2010
MDC North Campus

8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. (lunch break of one hour)
7 hours - $150

Instructor and Coordinator -Roger Messenger, PhD, PE
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This course covers the installation of PV systems that involve advanced design concepts.  It covers the electrical operation, components and installation of microinverter systems, dc-coupled battery backup systems and ac-coupled battery backup systems, including commissioning (start-up) and programming of inverters and charge controllers.  Before taking this course, an introductory level course in PV installation should be taken.

Course Goals and Objectives:  Upon completion of the course, the student should be familiar with

          Alternate methods of shading analysis

          How to design microinverter-based systems

          How to design dc-connected battery backup systems

          How to design hybrid battery backup systems

          How to design ac-coupled battery backup systems

          How to design large, straight grid-connect systems

          How to incorporate system monitoring equipment


Method of Course Presentation:  Lecture, Multimedia Presentation, Demonstration and Discussion  


Method of Evaluating Course Participants:  If classroom is equipped with a “clicker system,” then each participant can be evaluated by the response to oral questions (or questions on a power point slide).  Otherwise, questions will be integrated into the presentation material so participants can mark their answer sheets as the course progresses.  This examination method will maximize the amount of time that can be devoted to presentation of class material.


Roger Messenger is Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida.  He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and is a Registered Professional Engineer and a Certified Electrical Contractor, who enjoys working on a field installation as much as he enjoys teaching a class or working on the design of a system or contemplating the theory of operation of a system.  His research work has ranged from electrical noise in gas discharge tubes to deep impurities in silicon to energy conservation.  He worked on the development and promulgation of the original Code for Energy Efficiency in Building Construction in Florida and has conducted extensive field studies of energy consumption and conservation in buildings and swimming pools.   He and Jerry Ventre have published Photovoltaic Systems Engineering (CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL) and the 2nd Edition of this engineering textbook (2004).  He has also contributed chapters on Photovoltaics (PV) to 4 handbooks and has designed and supervised the installation of 4 utility interactive PV systems with battery backup. 

He has developed and taught a senior elective course on PV Power Systems yearly since 1997.  Recently he has been actively involved with the Florida Solar Energy Center in the development of courses, exams and study guides for voluntary certification of PV installers worldwide and has been a consultant on battery backup grid-connected PV systems to Sun Electronics, Miami, FL.

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