1. Introduction to SUNDA
Purpose: To prime course participants with an overview of SUNDA and the resources developed through this project, including the SUNDA 1 MW reference design.
Understand the purpose, objectives and what participants are expected to know and do upon completing this course
Identify the available SUNDA resources and how to effectively utilize them for local project implementation, including the SUNDA design templates, the three-volume SUNDA utility manuals, toolkits, and procurement provisions
List the key specifications and attributes of the SUNDA 1 MW reference design
2. Solar Radiation Resource
Purpose: To cover the basics of solar radiation resources and terminology.
Identify the sources for solar energy data
Define solar radiation terminology and units of measurement
Examine the effects of array orientation on solar energy received and energy production for the SUNDA 1 MW reference design
3. Site Surveys & Planning
Purpose: To address land acquisition and site prep considerations.
Determine suitable array locations and land area required based on array ratings or desired energy production
Acquire land and secure permits
Assess soil conditions, grading requirements and drainage
Identify point of interconnection with distribution system
Identify security plans for construction and operations
Identify potential safety hazards and how to mitigate the hazards in accordance with OSHA standards
4. System Components
Purpose: To cover the fundamentals of PV systems and identify the major components for the SUNDA 1 MW reference design.
Identify the major components in a PV system, and associated balance-of-system components
Describe the basic types of PV systems, their purpose and applications, including stand-alone, utility-interactive and multimode systems
Identify the major components used for the SUNDA 1 MW reference design
5. PV Modules & Arrays
Purpose: To cover the technical basics of PV modules and specifications for SUNDA’s 1 MW reference design.
Identify basic types of silicon solar cells and their characteristics
Identify the construction and features of typical PV modules
Define the current-voltage (I-V) characteristic for a PV device and the key operating parameters
Understand how sunlight and temperature affect output
Describe the specifications of the PV modules used for the SUNDA 1 MW reference design
Determine the electrical ratings for the individual strings, output circuits (subarrays), and inverter input circuits for the SUNDA 1 MW design
6. Power Conditioning Equipment
Purpose: To go over the power conditioning equipment and the variety of inverters offered, including the Schneider series used in the SUNDA 1 MW design template.
Identify the various types of power conditioning equipment used in PV systems
Describe the various types of inverters used in PV systems and their functions and characteristics
Examine the specifications and features for the central inverters used for the SUNDA 1 MW reference design
7. System Design
Purpose: To cover system design basics as well as SUNDA’s 1 MW reference design package.
Identify the key elements of PV system design
Review and discuss the key elements of the SUNDA 1 MW reference design package
Identify popular PV system design tools and software
8. Mechanical Integration
Purpose: To cover mechanical design considerations and requirements for the Schletter FS racking system used for the SUNDA 1 MW reference design.
List key considerations for the mechanical design and layout of PV arrays
Identify various types of PV array mounting systems and their features
Identify the mechanical design features and layouts for the SUNDA 1 MW reference design
Identify the key features and installation requirements for the Schletter FS racking system used for the SUNDA 1 MW reference design
Understand the basic principles for determining design wind loads on rack-mounted PV arrays
9. Electrical Integration
Purpose: To cover key articles from the National Electrical code and electrical integration basics.
Identify the key articles and sections of the National Electrical Code applicable to PV systems
Define key terms and circuits for interactive systems
Calculate the maximum voltages and currents required for sizing conductors and overcurrent protection devices.
Identify the requirements for disconnecting means in PV systems
Discuss special wiring methods permitted in PV systems
Describe the requirements for grounding and bonding PV systems
10. Utility Interconnection
Purpose: To address interconnection requirements and standards.
Identify the codes and standards applicable to PV system interconnections
Describe the basic requirements and status of IEEE 1547
Describe the basic requirements for load-side and supply-side interconnections
Discuss the interconnection details for the SUNDA 1 MW reference design
Purpose: To outline the necessary steps and components for commissioning, system documentation and owner/operator training.
Identify the applicable standards and key steps in the commissioning process
Identify various commissioning tests, procedures and equipment
List the key elements of a final system documentation package
List the major areas to be covered for user/operator training
12. Operations & Maintenance
Purpose: To cover the basics of PV system operations and maintenance.
Develop project specific maintenance plans, schedules and responsibilities
List the basic maintenance considerations for PV systems, including periodic visual inspections, electrical verification testing, and routine balance of plant maintenance
Understand the basic requirements for plant operations, and how monitoring systems are used to verify performance and identify issues requiring unscheduled maintenance