QQI Level 6 Micro Solar Photovoltaic Systems Implementation (6N0306)

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Location: This is a 4 day, 9am-5pm, programme, with 1 day in Fermoy for practical training
Duration: 4 Days
Course Date: Monday, 20 May 2019
Course Time: 9am to 5pm
Course Cost
Company Member: €700
Non Company Member: €995

Course Overview

The purpose of this award is to equip the learners with the relevant knowledge, skill and competence to implement micro scale solar photo-voltaic (p-v) projects, up to 11 kilowatt, according to the applicable standards, legislation, guidelines, and manufacturer’s specifications, whilst working autonomously.

Contractors must successfully complete both the QQI Level 6 Micro Solar Photovoltaic Systems Implementation (6N0306) and QQI Level 6 Electrical Installation and Commissioning of Micro Generators Award (6N0307) courses in order to register with SEAI as an approved contractor for Solar PV grants.

Course Objectives

This course involves theory and practical work. On completion learners will be able to:

  • Describe the main p-v cell technologies including the characteristics, configurations, and components of solar p-v systems
  • Describe factors affecting solar p-v output to include tilt, orientation, over shading and p-v module mismatch
  • Describe the relationship between rated output at standard test conditions and actual output in use
  • Summarise the planning requirements for solar p-v installations including any possible exemptions
  • Summarise relevant legislation, standards and regulation to include CE marking and New Approach 2 directives, product testing and certification standards and building regulations
  • Describe maintenance requirements for solar p-v systems to include cleaning, checking torque of fixing bolts and visual inspection of array integrity and electrical connections
    • Propose an appropriate mounting technique based on aerodynamic and static load considerations
    • Describe the potential hazards and mitigating action associated with solar p-v operation to include electrical hazards, “always live” systems, labelling and signage requirements and fixing of panels
    • Describe the relevant health and safety requirements for installation to include working at height, securing ladders, safety requirements for scaffolds, guard rails and personal safety equipment
    • Describe the recommended installation sequence for solar p-v systems identifying relevant standards and guidelines applicable to each phase of installation
    • Outline the main considerations for roof-mounted solar p-v systems including roof types, construction, loading, integrity and weather proofing
    • Assess roof loading and load bearing capacity and recommend suitable mounting and weather sealing techniques
    • Use the recommended tools for deploying all required solar p-v system components in accordance with manufacturer’s specification
    • Carry out a feasibility study for solar p-v system to include a resource assessment and economic evaluation
    • Generate a design layout for a solar p-v system to include a specification of array location, mounting techniques, cable runs and inverter location
    • Assess the conformance of a solar p-v system in accordance with standards for module fixings, fixing of the array, weather proofing, and integrity of the array
    • Test a solar p-v installation to include normal shutdown, emergency shutdown, and power control against solar intensity

Who should attend

This course caters for a variety of adult learners with a minimum Level 5 Certificate/ Ordinary Level Leaving Certificate standard of education.

Course Content

  • Main PV Cell Technologies
  • Factors Affecting PV Output
  • Electrical Rated Power Outputs
  • Planning Requirements
  • Legislation and Standards
  • Maintaining PV Systems
  • Mountings – Static Loads and Aerodynamics
  • Potential Hazards
  • Health & Safety
  • Installation Sequence & Site Assessment Plan
  • Roof types, construction and loading
  • Installation Tools
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Design Layout
  • Weather Proofing
  • System Tests

Course Certification

QQI Level 6

Course Trainers

Our course trainer Toddy Byrne is one of the foremost experts on Solar Photovoltaic technology in Ireland today.

His company Southern Wind and Solar has supplied and installed Solar PV systems nationwide to private and commercial customers along with public sector organisations.

Toddy was also a member of the standards development committee for the development of this QQI accredited course.

Course Terms and Conditions

Upon completion of registration it is confirmation that you have accepted terms and conditions and the contract is now formed between you and the Green Tech Skillnet.  You will receive an email with joining instructions to confirm your booking.

Payment must be received in advance of the course. Our payments terms are 30 days from the date of invoice or prior to course date, whichever is sooner.

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