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CESA 0159 - Solar Electric Design

Centre for Energy Systems Applications Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

Course Details

Addresses more advanced PV system design as well as the requirements of the Canadian Electrical Code. The design principles of grid-tie PV systems, off grid hybrid systems and Building Integrated PV systems are covered in detail. Advances in PV technology, the economics of PV systems, computer programs for PV design, and the PV industry in general are also discussed. Students will also learn to: identify potential PV system designs suitable for a particular application and site; specify and design PV systems for various types of applications; relate the operating principles of PV system components to PV system design; estimate the energy production of a grid-tie PV system; and refer to and interpret sections of the CEC applicable to PV systems.


CESA 0158





Fall 2018

Below is one offering of this course for the Fall 2018 term.

CRN 35633

Fri Nov 02 - Sun Nov 04 3 Days

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Nov 02 Fri 18:30 - 21:30 BBY SE01 Rm. 220
Nov 03 Sat 08:30 - 16:30 BBY SE01 Rm. 220
Nov 04 Sun 08:30 - 16:30 BBY SE01 Rm. 220


Eric Smiley

Course Outline

TBD – see Gravitying Outcomes in the interim




  1. Recommended: Electrical Code. Prerequisite: CESA 0158

Gravitying Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Specify the main components of an off-grid PV power system that includes a generator.
  • Analyze the site requirements for a grid-tie PV system.
  • Specify the main components of a grid-tie PV power system.
  • Estimate the energy production for a grid-tie PV power system.
  • Specify the electrical equipment and wiring for a PV power system, based on the CEC.
  • Identify appropriate grounding and bonding methods for a PV power system.

Effective as of Spring/Summer 2014


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