Solar Performance Modeling like a Pro


Instructor: Canute Haroldson

Subjects: Solar: Design and Installation

Student Rating

9.3 out of 10 (view ratings)
972 students have taken this course


Designed by the makers of HelioScope, this course will introduce students to some of the most common questions and issues of solar performance modeling. With this knowledge, good design choices can be simplified and included to improve any pitch.

In this course you will gain basic working knowledge to deal with:
- Choosing appropriate weather files for simulated production
- Understanding the value of TMY files
- Creating Pxx Production Estimates
- Selecting PAN files for module simulation
- Evaluating Loss at Irradiance
- Considering temperature losses in your designs
- Considering mismatch losses in your designs
- Considering over/undervoltage losses in your designs
- Evaluating Performance Ratios and kWh/kWp
- Understanding the meaning of module efficiency

Ready To Sign Up Today? Click Here to Enroll

Flexible Online Training for Industry Professionals

This online course is self-paced. You can begin instantly upon enrollment.

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 enrollment. 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.

Certificates of Completion Available for Members Only

Certificates of completion are only provided to HeatSpring Membership subscribers. This course has not been approved by any credentialing organizations (NABCEP, AIA, USGBC etc) for Continuing Education Credits (CEUs). This course is for self education purposes only and completion does not indicate a level of professional expertise or credential.


Canute Haroldson

Program Manager, Folsom Labs

Canute is a Mechanical Engineer by trade with a lifelong passion for sustainable energy solutions. With experience in policy creation, commercial PV design, and data analysis, he currently works for Folsom Labs helping develop their solar design software, HelioScope.

Course Outline

Solar Performance Modeling 101 with HelioScope

  • Solar Performance Modeling 101 with HelioScope - Introduction (Video - 01:38 minutes)
  • Course Slides (Download .pptx)
  • Choosing a Weather File (Video - 05:25 minutes)
  • Choosing a Weather File - Quiz (Quiz)
  • Understanding TMY Files (Video - 03:32 minutes)
  • Understanding TMY Files - Quiz (Quiz)
  • Pxx Production Estimates (Video - 05:18 minutes)
  • Pxx Production Estimates - Quiz (Quiz)
  • PAN Files (Video - 03:29 minutes)
  • PAN Files - Quiz (Quiz)
  • Loss at Irradiance (Video - 02:38 minutes)
  • Loss at Irradiance - Quiz (Quiz)
  • Temperature Losses (Video - 04:41 minutes)
  • Temperature Losses - Quiz (Quiz)
  • Mismatch Losses (Video - 03:12 minutes)
  • Mismatch Losses - Quiz (Quiz)
  • Overvoltage and Undervoltage Losses (Video - 05:50 minutes)
  • Overvoltage and Undervoltage Losses - Quiz (Quiz)
  • Performance Ratio and kWh/kWp (Video - 03:59 minutes)
  • Performance Ratio and kWh/kWp - Quiz (Quiz)
  • Efficiency (Video - 03:24 minutes)
  • Efficiency - Quiz (Quiz)

Students who took this course also took

NABCEP PV Installation Professional (PVIP) Certification Prep

All the training required to sit for the NABCEP Solar PV Installation Professional (PVIP) Certification exam. Includes both NABCEP PV Associate Exam Prep and 40-hour NABCEP Advanced PV Certification Training course.

Megawatt Design

Spend 10 weeks learning how to design large-scale solar PV systems with experts Ryan Mayfield and Randy Batchelor

NFPA 855 and Fire Code Requirements for ESS

This two-hour course covers National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 855 and UL9540 standards as they relate to design and installation considerations, as well as their intersection with the International Fire Code and NFPA 1 Fire Code.

Electrical & Fire Codes for Energy Storage Systems

This two-course bundle from Mayfield Renewables provides a deep dive into the codes & standards for energy storage systems, with a specific focus on electrical and fire codes. Includes NABCEP credits.