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Shading and Solar Surveying Training

Learn hands-on shading assessments and specialised site-surveying for solar energy.

A practical-based 1-day session using the latest desktop online methods and on-site survey tools. The emphasis is on designing for photovoltaic (PV) but is applicable to solar thermal as well. Includes practice with the MCS shading method required for certification under UK subsidy schemes.

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The course will focus on the practical side of design, conducting site assessments and assessing shading risk. The acquired data will be transferred via portable and desktop equipment. We will give you grounding in the theory behind the accessing solar radiation. Online resources for importing digitised terrains will also be considered. Training can be undertaken in mixed-company sessions, at your own offices or online.

Training can be undertaken in mixed-company sessions, at your own offices or online

On this course you will:

*Note: All teaching work is done from ground level.

Our trainers have many years of experience in teaching PV*SOL and PV theory, as well as technical authoring in the renewable energy industry.

In April 2013 the UK's Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) released their Solar PV Guide called 'Guide to the Installation of Photovoltaic (PV) Systems', updating their requirements for solar PV site surveys and shading estimations.

Upcoming Training Sessions:

Course Dates Location
Monday 18th May 2020 Machynlleth (Wales)

By the end of the course you will have undertaken practical examples of conducting assessments and site surveys, allowing you to put your new knowledge into practice.

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