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Comprehensive Solar Plus Storage


Instructor: Wes Kennedy

Subjects: Solar: Batteries and Storage, Solar: Design and Installation, Solar: NABCEP, Solar: Megawatt Design

Length: 9 weeks

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8.6 out of 10 (view ratings)
231 students have taken this course

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Gain a comprehensive technical understanding of residential, commercial and utility-scale solar-plus-storage systems, as well as expert insight on policy, financial models, and emerging markets and opportunities.

An expert in energy storage, instructor Wes Kennedy has been a key team member on some of the world’s most cutting edge solar-plus-storage projects.

This course covers everything from an overview of all types of energy storage technologies, to different battery chemistry pro and con, to applications of solar plus storage at the residential, commercial and industrial level, both on and off grid. Then we spend some time on regulations, codes and policies, then financial models. The course wraps up with a capstone project whereby students prepare a complete proposal for one of the applications in the Solar plus Storage space.

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Get Ahead of the Curve On Solar Plus Storage Systems

Instructor Wes Kennedy’s experience with battery systems dates back to 1996. Since then he’s helped design and develop innovative projects using advanced energy storage and power conditioning equipment. He is pulling in additional high-level expertise to make this the best training of its kind.

NABCEP Advanced Continuing Education Credits

This course is approved for 30 NABCEP advanced credits, which means they count toward sitting for the NABCEP PV Installation Professional certification exam. It's also approved for 15 credits toward recertification.

Updated In 2019 to Keep Pace With the Industry

This course has recently been updated by Wes to include changes for the 2017 NEC and updated product sections for all three project types. It also now includes a new section on Microgrids.

Flexible Online Training for Industry Professionals

You can begin this online course instantly upon enrollment. Get access to all of the course materials as soon as you enroll. The instructor-led session will begin on the scheduled start date. During the session dates the instructor will be in the course answering questions on the discussion board. After the instructor-led session ends, you'll continue to have access to all of the course materials for a full year and can complete the course at your own pace.

Access Information and Build Your Training Library

After enrolling, the course materials will remain in your account and be accessible 12 months (1 year) after the session end date. Access can be extended beyond 1 year with a monthly membership. Rewatch videos and review assignments as many times as you want. View updates the instructor makes to the course as the industry advances. Return to your course anytime with online access from anywhere in the world.

Earn A Certificate of Completion

When you complete this course you are eligible for a certificate of completion from HeatSpring. You can download your certificate as soon as you have completed all of the course requirements. Students can easily share their verified certificates on their LinkedIn profiles using our LinkedIn integration.

Earn Continuing Education Credits

Approved for: NABCEP Advanced Credit Hours, NABCEP NEC, NABCEP JTA, NABCEP RE Elective, NABCEP PV Associate Renewal.

Approved NABCEP CEU Hours by Credential and Category

NABCEP Credential Advanced Hours for Exam Recertification CEU Hours NEC JTA RE Elective Building or Fire Code
PV Installation Professional (PVIP) Certification 30 30 3 12 6 0
PV Associate (PVA) Credential 0 12 0 0 0 0
PV Design Specialist (PVDS) Certification 24 30 3 12 6 0
PV Installer Specialist (PVIS) Certification 24 30 3 12 6 0
PV Technical Sales (PVTS) Certification 30 30 0 12 6 0
PV Commissioning & Maintenance Specialist (PVCMS) Certification 24 30 3 12 6 0

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If I could pick one person in the world to teach a class on solar-plus-storage, Wes Kennedy would be the one.

- Ryan Mayfield, Principal, Mayfield Renewables

Very good overview of the current state of storage technology and economics.

- Bill Stewart, SolarCraft

I appreciated the approach Wes took with a holistic view of advanced solar + storage. He took wide-ranging and toothy topics and made them accessible with humour and analogy. He was effective in tying together the common storage components from the smallest off-grid cabin to utility-scale grid support.

- Sam Mason, Sustainable Energy Developments

A very worthwhile class for anyone interested in a comprehensive perspective of the exciting and rapidly evolving solar + storage market in the US. Wes has a firm grasp on the large variety of information on this subject matter and a great communication style for online learning. I really enjoyed this class.

- Stephen Kane

Wes covers a variety of current, historical and potential future storage applications. Wes's background and experience is very valuable and apparent in the videos. In addition, love the discussion board - listening to other students for real world feedback on products, applications and experience.

- Joe Callahan, founder, energisimple

Heatspring is a huge resource for the energy storage business. Wes Kennedy is spot on with his resources.

- Amanda Potter Founder/ Owner, Adirondack Battery & Solar, LLC

Enjoyed this HeatSpring course. A good way to go to improve knowledge for busy professionals.

- Joe Frani Project Manager, San Diego Gas & Electric

Heatspring's [Comprehensive] Solar and Storage on-line was a great way for me to gather a tremendous amount of information about battery storage. We learned about equipment, design, NEC code, utility and finances. It gave me just the boost I needed to support my understanding of utility battery storage moving forward.

- Mark Gillespie President, TMI Electrical Contractors

This course is a very good launching point for getting started in the solar plus storage industry. The instructor's experience provides a good foundation and broad perspective of the field. This course covers residential, commercial and industrial applications, helping the student refine where they want to specialize in their future work.

- Tom Durston Owner, Solar Alternatives Design

Storage technologies are broadening the market for cost-effective PV applications and the [Comprehensive] Solar + Storage course provides and excellent overview of currently available technologies and what will be needed in the future. A very professional and timely presentation supplemented with valuable course materials.

- Charles George General Manager

This course will quickly advance your knowledge on all the important industry aspects of technical, markets, policy and financial analysis.

- Gerald Robinson Program Manager , Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

This is a fantastic course for the inexperience, and experienced Solar+Storage career professional. There is always more to learn and this course will touch base on every subject and make you a well-rounded individual in this excellent "green-collared" field.

- Kyle Selepouchin Associate, Cadmus Group

Of all the solar storage courses online and in class this Heatspring course was definitely the most professional and involved of all of them. I'm happy I made the decision to choose this course. Thank you.

- William Lee Project Manager, Alpha Energy

I found the course very interesting, informative and thought provoking in understanding the next steps moving on from renewable integration and the challenges that higher levels of renewable penetration offer. The course is filled with good sources of reference and examples. I would certainly recommend it to those engineers who influence decision making in designs and managing energy demand with alternative options other than just a grid connection.

- Graham Richards Technical Sales Manager, Open Energi

This course provides a great overview of the new and expanding energy storage market that is growing due to technological and regulatory advances. A great way to focus your business model into our future.

- Steven Martineau Owner, All Realms Energy

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Wes Kennedy

Principal, WeSolar plus

Wes has foused his career on design and application engineering in the microgrid deployment sector, currently with Blue Planet Energy. He managed sales engineering with Fronius inverters and was the senior application engineer for SMA America’s Hybrid Energy Solutions group. In this position, project scope ranged from residential PV with battery backup to MW-scale...[more]


Course Outline

Welcome - Orientation Materials

This course is self-paced, so you don’t need to be logged in at any specific time. You can complete the material whenever is convenient and work ahead or catch up if you fall behind. The course discussion board is a great place to interact with other students and ask questions. Expect to dedicate a minimum of 5 hours per week to the course. The instructor-led session runs for the posted dates and you will receive weekly emails to keep you on pace. Course materials will remain in your account with minimum guaranteed access for 12 months (1 year) after the session ends. Please review the orientation materials and introduce yourself on the discussion board.

  • Introduction to HeatSpring (Video - 01:25 minutes) Preview
  • Important Information About This Course - New Updated Materials (Text)
  • INTRODUCTION TO THE COURSE : WATCH FIRST (Video - 04:50 minutes) Preview
  • Set up email notifications and your student profile (Text)
  • Introduce yourself on the discussion board (Text)
Week 1 - Introduction and Advanced Energy Storage Technologies

The first module introduces you to the course and outlines the weekly topics to be covered. Kennedy will present a general case for energy storage, cover some basics such as power, energy and battery capacity ratings, and then dive right in to advanced storage technologies with a focus on electro-chemical batteries. We’ll wrap up the first week with a discussion of electrical grid types, including microgrids, and related energy storage opportunities.

  • Week One Part 1 (Video - 36:54 minutes)
  • Week one Part 2 (Video - 29:25 minutes) Preview
  • Battery technology overview, history and looking ahead (Resource)
  • Bill Gates on the Climate Crisis (Resource)
  • Week 1 Slides in PDF (Download .pdf)
Week 2 - State-of-the-Art Stand-Alone Storage Systems OFF GRID

In this module we’ll look at contemporary applications and equipment for stand-alone off-grid projects. This market is experiencing tremendous growth globally. Wes will present technical information for the design and deployment of systems ranging from advanced off-grid residences to remote, stand-alone commercial-scale resorts and industrial facilities.

  • Off Grid, Week 2 Part 1 (Video - 22:40 minutes)
  • Off Grid, Week 2 Part 2 (Video - 29:20 minutes)
  • Off Grid, Week 2 Part 3 (Video - 26:51 minutes)
  • Off Grid, Week 2 Part 4 (Video - 31:01 minutes)
  • Week 2 Part 5 (Video - 30:41 minutes)
  • Week 2 part 6 (Video - 26:07 minutes)
  • Load Profile Spreadsheet (Download .xls)
  • Week 2 Slides PDF (Download .pdf)
Week 3 - The Residential Grid-Connected Market

The third module’s focus is modern grid-connected residential applications. We’ll cover technology, design parameters, example markets and financial drivers, as well as a technical case study. We’ll take a forward-looking approach to applications including grid-tie with battery backup, self-consumption schemes and system aggregation for grid support.

  • Residential Storage buyers guide 2020 (Resource)
  • Grid Connected Residential storage Week 3 Part 1 (Video - 40:21 minutes)
  • Grid Connected Residential storage week 3 part 2 (Video - 27:41 minutes)
  • Week 3 slides PDF (Download .pdf)
Week 4 - The Commercial and Industrial Grid-Connected Markets

In the fourth week, we’ll dive into grid-connected commercial and institutional storage markets. Topics include benefit stacking, peak shaving, frequency regulation and financial arbitrage. We’ll also explore the status of codes and standards related to energy storage such as NEC requirements, fire codes and UL certification. We’ll wrap up the week with a case study that includes market position, finances, and equipment and design variables for an example commercial-scale energy storage system.

  • Week 4 Part 1 Commercial and Industrial Grid Tie (Video - 28:49 minutes) Preview
  • Week4 Part 2 Commercial and Industrial Grid Connected (Video - 32:42 minutes)
  • Week4 Part 3 Commercial and Industrial Grid Connected (Video - 25:04 minutes)
  • Week 4 Part 4 Commercial Grid Tie (Video - 28:14 minutes)
  • Week 4 Slides PDF (Download .pdf)
Week 5 - The Utility-Scale Energy Storage Market

This week we'll discuss the new wave of applications and technologies for utility-scale energy storage systems. Topics include ramp rate control, peak shifting and ancillary services. We'll finish with a case study that outlines the financial drivers and design parameters for an example utility-scale storage system.

  • Week 5 part 1 Utility scale (Video - 50:06 minutes)
  • Utility Scale Week 5 part 2 (Video - 36:57 minutes)
  • Utility Scale week 5 part 3 (Video - 54:54 minutes)
  • Week 5 Slides PDF (Download .pdf)
Week 6 - Energy Storage Management Systems and a review of Codes and Standards

This module has a technology focus on Energy Storage Management Controls. We then do a detailed overview of NEC Article 706, and look at the nested hierarchy of codes and standards pertaining to Energy Storage Systems.

  • Week 6 Part 1 (Video - 39:37 minutes) Preview
  • Week 6 Part 2 (Video - 28:15 minutes)
  • week 6 Part 3 (Video - 18:59 minutes)
  • week 6 part 4 (Video - 34:14 minutes)
  • Week 6 part 5 (Video - 17:30 minutes)
  • Week 6 Slides PDF (Download .pdf)
Week 7 - All About Finances

Innovative financial models drove the rapid growth of grid-connected PV systems. Most experts agree that the mainstreaming of energy storage will follow a similar developmental path. This module explores the various financial models emerging to drive the storage market forward. You’ll learn where financially attractive solar-plus-storage projects are happening today as well as up-and-coming markets.

  • Week 7, part 1 (Video - 42:23 minutes)
  • Week 7 Part 2 (Video - 30:49 minutes)
  • Week 7 part 3 (Video - 34:09 minutes)
  • Week 7 Part 4 (Video - 19:04 minutes)
  • Week 7 Slides PDF (Download .pdf)
Week 8 - The Policy Puzzle

What policies are in place that are helping, or hurting, the solar-plus-storage marketplace? What’s on the horizon? In week 8, you’ll get a handle on local, state and national programs impacting the energy storage market and policy obstacles that need to be removed.

  • Week 8 Article to read (Resource)
  • Week 8 part 1 (Video - 02:04 minutes)
  • Week 8, part 2 (Video - 26:23 minutes)
  • week 8 part 3 (Video - 16:40 minutes)
  • week 8 part 4 (Video - 23:38 minutes)
  • Carbon Pricing Video (Resource)
  • Week 8 Slides PDF (Download .pdf)
Week 9 - Key Takeaways and Capstone Project: Designing a Solar + Storage System

We’ll review the important takeaways from the course and prepare you for the capstone project. For your capstone project, you’ll select a viable energy storage market and application and put what you’ve learned to work. You’ll design a solar-plus-storage system, specify the power conditioning and control equipment, and create a financial overview for the project.

  • Key Concepts and the Capstone Project (Video - 49:14 minutes)
  • Capstone Project (Submit File)
  • Week 9 Slides PDF (Download .pdf)
After The Course - Feedback and Additional Resources

No matter how great this course is, we know it's just one part of a bigger journey. In this module we'll start thinking about what comes next. You'll provide feedback on the course and learn about additional resources. Don't forget that you'll have access to the course materials for 12 months after the session ends. Feel free to come back as much as you like to continue learning, and please stay in touch. After your year of access expires you can optionally extend access with a HeatSpring Membership.

  • 1 Year of Access to Course Materials (Text)
  • Feedback: 2-minute Exit Survey (Survey)
  • Consider Joining as a HeatSpring Member (Resource)
  • Certificate of Completion: Request a Certificate (Certificate)

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