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Solar Power System Fundamentals

Understand how solar photovoltaic (PV) systems work so you can select and maintain these systems.
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Understand how solar photovoltaic (PV) systems work so you can select and maintain these systems.

Advances in solar power generation is driving increasing demand for skills in this area. By understanding how solar systems work, you'll be able to choose and maintain a system to meet the needs of a home or business.

In this self-paced online course, you'll learn about on-grid PV systems. You'll review the latest solar technology, equipment and installation practices. 

Using practical tasks and quizzes, you'll cover: 

  • how each component of a PV system works
  • how to design and cost a system
  • what to consider for installation
  • ongoing solar system safety, operation and maintenance
  • how to work safely around a PV system

You'll also learn how to choose a solar retail company or recommend a system.

At the end of this course, you'll apply your understanding of the different solar technologies to choose the right system to meet the site's needs. You'll also be able to estimate the system's performance, costs and potential savings. 

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8 Hours, self-paced
Location & dates

1 January - 31 December

Additional Information

Once you register, you will be provided with access to the EEA Online platform to start this course.

We can arrange a bulk corporate registration for 10 or more learners.

This course can also be customised to align to your business objectives or L&D needs.

Find out how we can help you and your team by completing an enquiry form or calling us on +61 3 9321 1700.

Learning outcomes
  • How solar power systems are designed and installed
  • Solar system components and their functionalities
  • Solar technologies and their efficiencies 
  • How to estimate system performance output, costs, and greenhouse gas savings
  • Maintenance requirements for solar power systems
  • Safety procedures for working on sites with solar power systems
Is this course for you?

Is this course for you?

This course suits professionals in the solar industry, including:

  • engineers
  • managers
  • sales professionals

It also suits homeowners or business owners who have, or are about to install, a solar PV system.


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Topics we'll cover

Topics we'll cover

Understanding photovoltaic (PV) systems

  • Solar power and PV systems
  • Solar resource theory
  • Photovoltaic modules
  • Grid-connected inverters
  • Balance of system equipment

Planning and installing a grid-connected PV system

  • System expectations
  • Site assessment
  • Introduction to energy efficiency
  • Economics of a PV system
  • Choosing a solar retailer

Owning and maintaining a PV system

  • The shutdown procedure
  • Monitoring system output
  • Maintaining the system
  • Is my system working?
  • Working safely around PV systems
Fernanda Oliveira
How you'll learn

This course is delivered through EEA Online, our digital learning platform.

You'll learn using a mix of practical case studies, quizzes and reading, audio and video materials. You'll also apply your knowledge in practice with a variety of assessment tasks and learning checks.

It will take approximately eight hours to complete. As it is self-paced, you can start anytime and save your progress as you finish each module.

Once you register for the course, you have 90 days to complete it.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a digital badge as evidence of your achievement. Learn more about Engineering Education Australia’s digital badges including how to claim and share on our Frequently asked questions page.

This also counts towards the number of Engineers Australia Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours you can claim.

EEA Online access

EEA Online is powered by leading Learning Management System (LMS), Canvas by Instructure.

Once you register for a course, you will be provided with access to the EEA Online Canvas platform to start this course.

If you are registering for your first EEA Online course, you will receive an email from [email protected] inviting you to set up your EEA Online account. 

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The course provided good overall knowledge and the material was easy to understand. I liked learning via the quizzes, the practical examples including photos of real installations, and reference material for the future.

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