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Introduction to Solar Power Systems

Introduction to Solar Power Systems

"I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait till oil and coal run out before we tackle that. I wish I had more years left!" - Thomas Edison


This introductory course in Photovoltaic (PV) systems installation is designed to provide participants with the necessary skills for the design, installation, commission, inspection and maintenance of solar panel systems. The programme takes a unique perspective, firstly examining the changing roles of alternative energy and the business opportunities it presents. Additional topics include site surveys to incorporate system designs and health and safety, component sizing and calculation with dedicated sessions to electrical installation and electrical tools. The programme culminates with a practical session for all participants where they are required to assemble, test and start up a PV system.

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will gain the necessary knowledge and skills required to perform design calculations and installation of solar PV systems, including the inspection and maintenance necessary upon completion. This will allow participants to conform to their duties and responsibilities as required by the country's NEC laws.

Who Should Attend?

This Solar Power Systems training course is open to anyone interested in becoming a professional within the solar industry. These comprehensive workshops are recommended for persons currently working or interested in working in the solar industry, or anyone who would like to know how solar energy works.

Energy is at the foundation of everything we do, and solar energy has the potential to provide value to many sectors of society. Individuals in other fields of work such as Agriculture, Business Management, Craftsmanship, Engineering, Manufacturing, Tourism, Sales, Marketing, Law, Finance and Insurance can greatly benefit from this course.

The growing solar power industry and every country's amending laws in regard to transition to renewable energy, climate change and carbon reduction has much potential to provide many business opportunities and job creation.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course participants should be able to:

  • Understand the principles in how solar energy generates electricity in photovoltaic systems.
  • Identify the components, configurations and different types of PV systems that can be installed.
  • Analyze the electrical and mechanical load details of buildings, solve simple problems involving energy efficiency and perform PV system sizing calculations with the aid of Microsoft Excel.
  • Perform jobsite analyses to determine structural integrity and suitability in the selection of an appropriate location for a PV system installation.
  • Apply the proper health and safety practices and procedures needed in the installation of PV systems, such as working with electrical equipment and wires, PV system components and working at elevated heights.
  • Gain hands - on exposure while working efficiently during a PV system installation and conduct electrical and system performance measurements.
  • Determine issues and maintenance requirements for a completed PV system.
  • Discuss the PV system markets, applications, policies and regulations in the human capital potential to export skilled labour to other countries.
  • Coordinate with other persons, gain teamwork experience and build networks in group projects involving the complete design and construction of a stand-alone PV system.

Course Objectives

Course Content

  • Types of PV systems.
  • PV system installation methods.
  • Analysing building load details.
  • Design and sizing of PV system components.
  • Jobsite Analysis.
  • PV System installation health and safety.
  • NEC laws and legislations.
  • 1–day hands-on rooftop solar installation.

Course Schedule

Course Offering

Day Time Duration Contact Hours Cost Lecturer
Monday, Wednesday, Saturday 06:00 pm to 09:00 pm 5 Classes 17 hours $2,500.00 Mr. Avinash Sagam

*SPECIAL OFFER: Online classes are on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6pm to 9pm and Practical class on Saturday from 9am to 2pm Final Classes

Session - Monday, Wednesday, Saturday (06:00 pm to 09:00 pm)

Session Start Date End Date
Cycle 1 - Online Mon / Wed - 6pm-9pm, Sat 9am-2pm Monday, March 27, 2023 Saturday, April 15, 2023
Cycle 2 - Online Mon / Wed - 6pm-9pm, Sat 9am-2pm Monday, August 28, 2023 Saturday, September 9, 2023
Cycle 3 - Online Mon / Wed - 6pm-9pm, Sat 9am-2pm Monday, October 30, 2023 Saturday, November 18, 2023


Exams and Assessments

The course combines a number of teaching techniques including lectures, class discussions, group work assignments, role playing, and a home assignment that will utilize many of the principles learned.

On Completion - Students will receive a certificate of completion.

Student Support


Team Members of The Solar Power Installers Association of Trinidad and Tobago

Mr. Errol Abinas

Errol has over twenty (20) years of practical experience in the field of electrical installation, both in domestic and commercial applications. He is an electrical contractor, and also a license wireman certified by the Ministry of Public Utilities, and a member of the Trinidad and Tobago Electrician's Association (TTEA). He is the holder of a Diploma in Electrical Installation from City and Guilds, a Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety from Cipriani Labour College, a Certificate in training from Arthur Lok Jack's Graduate School of Business. He possesses a sound working knowledge of the electrical wiring codes, T&TEC wiring for light and power, and the government's electrical inspectorate handbooks

Mr. Rama Mathura

Mr. Mathura brings a wealth of experience from very diverse backgrounds. He has been a Health and Safety practioner for the last eight (8) years following his twelve (12) years in Oil and Gas in the area of process operations. He has also devoted ten (10) years of his life as an educator mainly in the area of Business Management and Health and Safety. He was instrumental in the development of the vocational programmes at CTS College and continues to be an ardent supporter of skills development. He holds a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA),a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration (BABA) with technical diplomas in Electronics and Electrical Engineering (EEET) and Process Plant Operations (PPO). More recently, he has acquired certification as a Life Coach and continues to work with students at the College to optimize their educational potential.

Programme management

The programme management team is responsible for the management of the course. If you would like further information or would like clarification on this programme please contact:

Mr. Matthew Christian
Programme Manager
Phone: (868) 720-2939

E-mail: certifications@ctscollege.com

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