PV Systems: Tools and Techniques for Operations and Maintenance

Friday, August 5, 2022 to Saturday, August 6, 2022
Registration Link

This advanced training is designed for solar professionals who want to further their understanding of PV system operation including proper use of testing equipment and interpreting test results. Students in this class will learn the theory behind and gain experience with a range of state-of-the-art analytical tools. The class will focus on PV system operations and maintenance, performance evaluation, and troubleshooting techniques using tools such as the Multimeter, Clamp-On Meter, IV Curve Tracer, Insulation Resistance Tester, and Thermal Camera.

Continuing Education: This course, when offered during fiscal year 2022, meets the requirements of the North Carolina State Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors for 14 contact hours of continuing education credit. This course is not sponsored by the Board.

14 hours NCBEEC (approved), 14 hours PDH, 14 hours NABCEP. All attendees will receive a Certificate of Completion


  • Define purpose and analyze results from various test tools used during commissioning, performance evaluation, operations and maintenance, and troubleshooting.
  • Define the theory, procedures, and processes behind insulation resistance testing, IV curve tracing, infrared cameras and thermal imaging, performance evaluation, and troubleshooting.
  • Demonstrate proper set-up, use, and function of PV test tools including: IV curve tracers, insulation resistance testers, and thermal cameras.
  • Evaluate the performance of working systems using correct and complete field procedures.
  • Understand methods to troubleshoot and locate common PV array and system faults using appropriate methodologies and testing tools




8:30AM-5:00 PM (with one hour lunch break):

  • O&M/Commissioning Overview
  • Safety
  • Onsite testing and performance verification
  • Data monitoring

 DAY 2

8:30AM-5:00 PM (with one hour lunch break):

  • Insulation resistance testing
  • Infrared Thermography
  • IV Curve Trace
  • Troubleshooting methodologies


This is an instructor led, lab based course conducted within a classroom setting using Power Point presentations and hands-on activities. The class size is limited to 18 students due to the hands-on activities.