Introduction to Solar PV

Location: IWEA
Duration: 1 Day
Course Date: Tuesday, 11 September 2018
Registration: From 9.00
Course Time: 9.30 to 17.00
Course Cost
Company Member: €375
Non Company Member: €550

Course Overview

The course will provide a detailed overview of Solar PV technology, site identification and feasibility studies (incl. grid), financial modelling.

Course Objectives

Attendees of this course will come away with an understanding of how solar PV systems work, the physical principals behind the technology, typical system components and methods of construction for both ground and roof mounted systems with a focus on the design of ground mounted systems.

The course will also provide a background on solar PV in Ireland to date, outlining the challenges and opportunities faced by the industry in this country.

Upon completion of this course, attendees will be able to identify sites that would be suitable for solar PV and address areas that would affect the feasibility of a new scheme. Attendees will understand the components of a solar PV scheme and produce planning level designs.

Commercial aspects will be discussed including financial modelling and generation optimisation. 

Who should attend



Course Content

  • Introduction
    About the Speaker
    Course Overview

    Solar Technologies
    Passive Solar Heating
    Flat-Plate Direct Heating
    Thermal Electric Power Generation
    Photovoltaics (Direct Conversion to Electricity)

Solar Technologies

Passive Solar Heating

Flat-Plate Direct Heating

Thermal Electric Power Generation

Photovoltaics (Direct Conversion to Electricity)

Solar PV Technology


Current Global Trends and Statistics

General Principals – How Does It Work?

Types of PV

  • Comparison with Other Renewable Energy Technologies
    Solar PV in Ireland

    4. Solar PV System Design

    Standard Terminology & Concepts
    • Design Tools
    • Components of a Solar PV System
    • Power Inversion
      1. i. AC vs. DC
      2. ii. Types of Inverter Technology
    • System Operation and Control

      5. Grid Connection
        1. Grid Connection
        2. Private Network

6. Site Identification & Project Feasibility

    1. What Makes a Good Site?
    2. Existing Environment: Hydrology, Biodiversity, Cultural Heritage, Visual Impact etc.
    3. Show Stoppers
    4. Shading
    5. Angles
    6. Gradients
    7. Other Constraints

      1. Design Considerations
        1. Site Location
        2. Planning History
        3. Grid Connection
        4. Planning Policy
        5. Development Characteristics
        6. EIA Screening
        7. Hydrology, Water Quality & Drainage
        8. Biodiversity
        9. Traffic & Transportation
        10. Human Environment
        11. Cultural Heritage
        12. Landscape & Visual
        13. Glint & Glare

  • Roof Mounted PV
  • Examples
  • Benefits of Roof Mounted PV
  • Commercial Models
  • Installation systems
  • Exempted development

Course Trainers

Trevor is a Senior Engineer for Fehily Timoney & Co leads the FT Solar Design team. Trevor holds a Master’s Degree in Sustainable Energy Systems from the University of Edinburgh and an honours degree in Civil Engineering.

Trevor is part of the Energy and Environment division at FTC and is a chartered member of Engineers Ireland. His primary area of expertise is in the planning, design and construction of renewable energy projects.

Trevor gained much of his experience in renewables working on a large number of projects in the UK renewable energy industry and has delivered a variety of projects employing different technologies including onshore wind, hydro and solar PV. He also has experience working in the Irish construction industry and has worked in the US on a variety of environmental and environmental management projects.

Trevor successfully project managed the construction and commissioning of a large-scale ground mounted solar PV project in Scotland which was also one of the first hybrid generation schemes in the UK at the time of commissioning. He has also successfully designed and contributed to the design of in excess of 20 solar PV project in Ireland having lead many of them through the planning consent process.