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CEF131 - Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Project Feasibility Analysis Course

This Solar PV Project Feasibility Analysis self paced course (previously RS130a) is based on a case-study learning approach and expands on the curriculum initially developed by the RETScreen
division of Natural Resources Canada. The training material for the
course includes multimedia presentations on Solar PV technologies, RETScreen (clean energy project analysis software) and RETScreen Engineering & Cases electronic textbook, as well as various other related resources.

The course covers solar PV for:

  • Residences
  • Businesses
  • Industries
  • Off-grid applications
  • Grid-connected applications
  • Water pumping
  • Developing countries

Course content:

  • Overview of solar PV systems
  • Components of solar PV systems
  • Off-grid systems
  • On-grid systems
  • Water pumping systems
  • Solar resource assessment & optimization
  • Solar-load correlation
  • Solar PV system and project costs
  • Solar PV project feasibility tools, methods, and elements
  • Self directed exercises on performing RETScreen solar project analysis
  • Self directed assignment on planning and conducting of a solar PV project feasibility analysis based on a case study

What you will learn:

By the end of the course, successful participants will have acquired the
essential knowledge to perform a feasibility analysis that will enable
stakeholders to decided whether or not to proceed with a potential
renewable energy project. Specifically, successful participants will
have learned:

  • Technologies of solar PV systems, various types of solar PV projects, the equipment and processes
    involved, in what context they are most interesting and appropriate
  • How to identify economically viable potential solar PV projects
  • How to perform full-scale project feasibility analysis for solar PV projects
  • How to use RETScreen to evaluate the quantitative technical and economic factors of solar PV projects
  • The complete method to calculate the payback, return on investment, and other financial ratios for solar PV projects

There is no facilitator feedback or team work involved in this self-paced
course. Knowledge is evaluated via three multiple choice exams.
Differences between the self-paced and certificate version of a course
are detailed here.