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Design and Installation
Batteries and Storage

Understanding Residential and Commercial Energy Storage - Self Study

Christopher LaForge • Last updated 02/2021

4.5/5 (view ratings)
913 students
1 module
1:08 hours
4 assignments

Course description

Learn the elements of energy storage for residential and commercial clients with this introductory overview of the field, led by expert Chris LaForge.

There is a lot of buzz around utilizing renewable energy technologies and going "off the grid." But, which energy storage systems work best? When are they appropriate to use? Is integrating energy storage the right choice?

You'll access an in-depth lecture, and develop a "Load Profile" using Chris' Excel spread sheet tool. This tool will help students practice defining the client load for an off-grid application or for the critical loads of a grid-tied system with storage.

Participants will gain understanding of:

-Current battery types
-System configurations
-Leading product lines
-Design elements and issues ... and more!

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Learning Objectives

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

  • Understand basic battery concepts
  • Compare and contrast competing battery chemistries
  • Choose between product lines
  • Critically review new battery offerings

Full course outline

Module 1 - Energy Storage and Renewable Energy—Is the Technology Right for You or your Business?

  • Watch the Lecture (01:08:51 hours)
  • Consumption Worksheet exercise. (.xls)


Christopher LaForge

Certified Master Trainer (IREC), NABCEP Certified Photovoltaic Professional - Emeritus , Great Northern Solar

Christopher LaForge is the CEO of Great Northern Solar and a NABCEP certified photovoltaic installer-emeritus. He has been designing, specifying, and installing systems since 1988. He has been an instructor with the MREA since 1993 teaching Advanced Photovoltaic design and installation and is an ISPQ Affiliated Master Trainer. In 2016 he was named IREC's Master Trainer... Learn more


191 reviews

913 students have taken this course

by Asante Daniel 09/20/2023

One of the most remarkable aspects of this course was its ability to distill complex concepts into accessible and actionable information. The instructors displayed a profound understanding of the subject matter and a genuine passion for teaching. Their ability to explain intricate technical details in a clear and engaging manner made the learning experience both enjoyable and enlightening.

by Goutam R 05/07/2023

by TIM RIGGS 01/23/2023


by Anderson Deleon, Qcells 10/17/2022


by Victor Esan 06/07/2022

It has help me understand storage and how to develop storage template for people

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