PV420: Utility-Scale PV Systems

$149 – 4 Credit Hours

PV420e is a custom curriculum covering the fundamentals of utility-scale solar projects.  This course provides 2 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) for professional credit.

Topics covered include site selection, basic design, financial justification, and economic analysis.   Learn how decreasing material costs and economies of scale are driving ever-larger solar power projects, and how they’re being integrated into the electric grid.

Supplementary information is provided in the form of technical papers, reports, and interactive links.

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Who is this class for?

We recommend this course for professionals with interest in the field of large-scale photovoltaic power including:

  • Engineers
  • Contractors
  • Project Developers
  • Investors
  • Financial Professionals
  • Everyone else interested in the solar industry

Not sure if this course is right for you? Check with our enrollment advisors at 512-443-5725 or email us at info@imaginesolar.com.



Instruction Topics

  • Terms and Definitions: What is utility-scale solar power?
  • Competing Technologies: Photovoltaics (PV), concentrating PV (CPV) and concentrating solar power (CSP)
  • Technology Trade-offs: Fixed v. tracking, thin-film v. C-Si, energy storage v. peak power plants
  • Markets: Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) and Renewable Energy Credits (RECs)
  • Economics: Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE) and the drive to grid parity


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