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[Live Webinar] Essentials of Photovoltaic System Design

Intended Audience: All Engineers
Credits: 2 PDH Units
When: Wednesday 10/27. 2 – 4 pm EST


This 2-hour presentation is based on the experiences of the author in PV design over the past 20 years.  It covers selection of a system from stand-alone or grid-connected options and straight grid-connect or battery backup grid-connect options.  Once the system has been selected, it covers structural design considerations and calculations, electrical design considerations and calculations and estimating system performance.


  1. Messenger & Abtahi, Photovoltaic Systems Engineering, 4th Edition, CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL  2017.
  2. NFPA 70, National Electrical Code, 2020 Edition
  3. ASCE 7-10, Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures 

Date:  Wednesday. October 27. Starts: 2 – 4 pm ET
Credits: 2 PDH Units

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the course, the student should understand the terminology and the economic, environmental and possible emergency or standby power availability benefits associated with design and installation of a PV system.  Specific topics discussed are

  • How much energy is available from the sun in various locations.
  • How to decide what kind of system is best for a particular application.
  • Grid-connected system design details and options.
  • Equipment selection criteria.
  • Electrical and structural properties of PV modules,
  • Laying out a system on a roof or on the ground.
  • Wind load analysis of system.
  • Annual system performance analysis based upon location, tilt and orientation.
  • Array mounting methods – advantages and disadvantages.
  • Electrical design details.

Special Webinar Instructions

After payment, please visit this webinar page, click “Start Course” and fill out the Webinar Registration Form.  You’ll receive email notification and details on how to join the webinar.  You will then be able to access the webinar slides, test your system and receive webinar reminders.  After completing the webinar requirements, your certificate of completion will be saved and available for download in your profile.

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Course Reviews


16 ratings
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  • 4 stars9
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  1. Essentials of Photovoltaic System Design


    Interesting, timely information provided. Professor Messenger is knowledgeable and attuned to his audience. It would be helpful if the slides were numbered and if sources were referenced at the end of the slides. But otherwise it was a well-executed training.

  2. Essentials of Photovoltaic System Design


    Excellent basic course

  3. WBNR 1140


    Very good information. Professor was very proactive with questions.

  4. Good Preview


    Currently proposed 200MW PV array proposed locally, so it was great to get a background on what is being planned for my neighborhood.

  5. 4

    pretty good. had to remember some of this stuff.

  6. Excellent Overview


    Well I have never been involved with PV design, and probably never will be involved, this was a great overview of the design concerns when installing a system. I have a neighbor with a system. He just bought a very expensive battery storage system for his PV system. I will now be able to talk to him about his system.

  7. Essentials of Photovoltaic System Design


    Great overview of photovoltaic systems, options, and the design process and elements required to design a functioning system. Very good course! Liked the photos of various installed systems, the system diagrams and tables, as well as the design sample calculations. I will be signing up for more solar design webinars!

  8. Good Basic Course


    Started with a few technical issues but overall covered the basics very well.

  9. Essentials of Photovoltaic Systems Design


    Enjoyed the course. I obviously did not take enough notes to supplement the provided information in the presentation. It started a little slow but picked up. Good value, I will consider additional classes.

  10. Essentials of Photovoltaic System Design


    Great overall, a little tough with the equations as there was not a lot of time to discuss but having the slides will allow to go back and review. A little distracting with the background noise with wife answering phone.

  11. 4

    Content was great, would have liked to learn more about batteries, battery sizing, etc.

  12. 4

    A bit of technical issues, but otherwise a good starter course.

  13. Essentials of Photovoltaic Systems Design


    As a mechanical engineer involved in the design and implementation of a 5 MW solar electricity generation facility to be located on a disused landfill this course has given great insight into some of the mounting requirements for the panels and an understanding of how the solar arrays are connected electrically

  14. Intro to the Basics


    Lots of information to cover in a short period of time. Good introduction to the basics

  15. photo voltaic des


    Thanks – great info and refresher.

  16. Excellent Intro


    As a civil engineer in the solar industry this seminar helped me understand what the electrical engineers do in my company. Easy to follow with good, real engineering calcs.

  • $119.00
  • Average Rating4.4
  • Webinar No: WBNR 1140
  • PDH Units: 2

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