PV Systems: Tools and Techniques for Operations and Maintenance

Sep 20 2019 - Sep 21 2019


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.

Learning Objectives:

  • 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

Note: This lab based course is limited to 18 participants. (1 seat available as of 6/10/19, we will start a waiting list after it fills in case we have any cancellations)

Early Registration Cost: $550*
*Cost after August 30: $600
Student in UNC System Early Registration Cost: $525**
**Student Cost after August 30: $575
NEW in 2019, refer a friend and you'll each receive $25 off. Details here.

Location: Appalachian State University Campus, Katherine Harper Hall, Room 178. Parking will be at Rivers Street Parking Deck
Time: Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm and Saturday 8:30am-4:00pm

Continuing Education Credits Offered: 14 hours for the NCBEEC, 14 PDH, 14 NABCEP                            
All attendees will receive a Certificate of Completion

Note: Course materials will be provided electronically.


J.R. Whitley
Max Isaacs

J.R. Whitley is a NABCEP Certified PV installer and a NC licensed electrician who has been working in the solar industry since graduating from Appalachian State University's Appropriate Technology program in 2006. He has been involved in all aspects of PV system design, installation, and maintenance. He currently owns 690 Electric and is an instructor for Solar Energy International.      

Max Isaacs is a NABCEP Certified Solar PV Installer and a NC licensed electrical contractor. He has served in all aspects of PV operations including design, commissioning, and troubleshooting. He is responsible for over two hundred solar installations and currently works as a Project Engineer.

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