Energy Storage
Batteries and Storage
Solar + Storage

Comprehensive Solar Plus Storage

Wes Kennedy • Last updated 04/2022

4.3/5 (view ratings)
244 students
9 modules
15:45 hours
55 assignments

Course description

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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Learning Objectives

Participants in this course will upon completion of this course, be able to:

  • Contemporary applications and equipment for stand-alone off-grid projects
  • Modern grid-connected residential applications
  • Grid-connected commercial and institutional storage markets
  • Applications and technologies for utility-scale energy storage systems
  • Power converters used in modern energy storage systems
  • Financial models emerging to drive the storage market forward
  • Local, state and national policies and programs impacting the energy storage market
  • What is real vs simply marketing hype
  • Microgrid Applications

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Continuing Education Units

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

Approved NABCEP CEU Hours
NABCEP Credential Advanced Hours for Exam Recertification CEU Hours NEC JTA RE Elective Building or Fire Code
30 30 3 12 6 0
0 12 0 0 0 0
24 30 3 12 6 0
24 30 3 12 6 0
30 30 0 12 6 0
24 30 3 12 6 0
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Full 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 get started immediately after you enroll and the course materials will remain in your account with minimum guaranteed access for 12 months (1 year) after enrollment.

  • Important Information About This Course - New Updated Materials
  • INTRODUCTION TO THE COURSE : WATCH FIRST (04:50 minutes) Preview
  • Set up email notifications and your student profile
  • Introduce yourself on the discussion board
Module 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 (36:54 minutes)
  • Week one Part 2 (29:25 minutes) Preview
  • Battery technology overview, history and looking ahead
  • Bill Gates on the Climate Crisis
  • Week 1 Slides in PDF (.pdf)
Module 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 (22:40 minutes)
  • Off Grid, Week 2 Part 2 (29:20 minutes)
  • Off Grid, Week 2 Part 3 (26:51 minutes)
  • Off Grid, Week 2 Part 4 (31:01 minutes)
  • Week 2 Part 5 (30:41 minutes)
  • Week 2 part 6 (26:07 minutes)
  • Load Profile Spreadsheet (.xls)
  • Week 2 Slides PDF (.pdf)
Module 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
  • Grid Connected Residential storage Week 3 Part 1 (40:21 minutes)
  • Grid Connected Residential storage week 3 part 2 (27:41 minutes)
  • Week 3 slides PDF (.pdf)
Module 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 (28:49 minutes) Preview
  • Week4 Part 2 Commercial and Industrial Grid Connected (32:42 minutes)
  • Week4 Part 3 Commercial and Industrial Grid Connected (25:04 minutes)
  • Week 4 Part 4 Commercial Grid Tie (28:14 minutes)
  • Week 4 Slides PDF (.pdf)
Module 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 (50:06 minutes)
  • Utility Scale Week 5 part 2 (36:57 minutes)
  • Utility Scale week 5 part 3 (54:54 minutes)
  • Week 5 Slides PDF (.pdf)
Module 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 (39:37 minutes) Preview
  • Week 6 Part 2 (28:15 minutes)
  • week 6 Part 3 (18:59 minutes)
  • week 6 part 4 (34:14 minutes)
  • Week 6 part 5 (17:30 minutes)
  • Week 6 Slides PDF (.pdf)
Module 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 (42:23 minutes)
  • Week 7 Part 2 (30:49 minutes)
  • Week 7 part 3 (34:09 minutes)
  • Week 7 Part 4 (19:04 minutes)
  • Week 7 Slides PDF (.pdf)
Module 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
  • Week 8 part 1 (02:04 minutes)
  • Week 8, part 2 (26:23 minutes)
  • week 8 part 3 (16:40 minutes)
  • week 8 part 4 (23:38 minutes)
  • Carbon Pricing Video
  • Week 8 Slides PDF (.pdf)
Module 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 (49:14 minutes)
  • Capstone Project
  • Week 9 Slides PDF (.pdf)
Conclusion - Feedback and Additional Resources

This is our last module but you still have access to the all of course materials for 12 months (1 year), so keep working and you'll be able to complete the course at your own pace. After your year of access expires you can optionally extend access with a HeatSpring Membership. Enjoy the course and keep in touch!

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


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... Learn more


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244 students have taken this course

by Nick Matthes, Project Manager, MREA 03/07/2023

The name says it well, this was very comprehensive! There was a lot of useful information, and it was all shared in a very accessible, understandable manner. I learned a lot and enjoyed the depth of the information presented. Highly recommended!

by Sierakowski Mateusz 02/04/2021

The course was up to date, extensive and it was a pleasure to listen to Wes sharing his experince on solar plus storage topics

by Godlewski Wojciech 02/03/2021

As a master's degree student in the field of energy storage and a bachelor of energy engineering, I highly recommend this course to people that want to start their career in the Energy Storage field. It is a great bridge between theoretical concepts provided by universities and practical knowledge possessed only by the industry experts.

by Stuart Kriendler, Managing Director, BE Solar (Bermuda Engineering Co. Ltd.) 05/08/2020

Wes Kennedy and Heatspring are doing a phenomenal job and providing the knowledge needed to stay abreast of the important trends and economic and technical aspects of the solar and storage industry, well done, very thorough.

by Bob Solger, Managing Partner, Solar Design Studio 04/21/2019

It is worth the investment of time and money.

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You can begin this online course instantly upon enrollment. This 9 module course is delivered entirely online. This course is self-paced and you can set your own schedule to complete the materials. You can begin the lecture videos and other course materials as soon as you enroll. During your year of access the instructor will be in the course answering questions on the discussion board. After successfully completing the course, you will be able to generate a certificate of completion.

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