Utility Scale Commercial & Industrial Solar and Storage 201

Online

Approved for 36 Hours of NABCEP Advanced PV Training

Instructors: Christopher LaForge, Chris Brown

Subjects: Solar: Batteries and Storage, Solar: NABCEP

Length: 6 weeks

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Description

This course will allow participants to gain practical and theoretical knowledge about utility scale commercial and industrial solar and storage systems with a focus on real-world applications and current working examples of the various technologies.

This is the second of two courses in the Utility Scale Commercial & Industrial Solar and Storage Series. We recommend taking the "Utility Scale Commercial & Industrial Solar and Storage 101" course first, but it's not required.

Learning Objectives - Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

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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 Building or Fire Code, 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 Certification 36 36 6 30 32 2
PV Associate Credential 0 12 0 0 0 0
PV Design Specialist Certification 24 36 6 18 32 2
PV C&M Specialist Certification 0 36 6 10 32 2
PV Technical Sales Certification 36 36 0 30 32 0
PV Installer Specialist Certification 24 36 6 18 32 2

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Instructors

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...[more]

Chris Brown

Director of Business Development , Aypa Power

Chris Brown is passionate about the renewable energy and enthusiastic about sustainable solutions through technology and innovation. After completing his undergraduate education at the University of Massachusetts, Chris entered technical sales of renewable energy products 2006 with a focus on off grid renewable energy projects around the world. Several years later,...[more]

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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
  • Instructor Introduction and Key Concepts Review (Video - 09:16 minutes)
  • Orientation to: UTILITY SCALE COMMERCIAL & INDUSTRIAL SOLAR AND STORAGE 201 (Video - 15:40 minutes) Preview
  • Set up email notifications and your student profile (Text)
  • Introduce yourself on the discussion board (Text)
Week 1 - Week 1

  • Aggregation - The Key to opening up Residential BTM Storage for Grid services (Video - 16:56 minutes)
  • Austin Shines introduction (Resource)
  • Austin Shines overview (Resource)
  • Regulatory Issues and Residential Behind The Meter(BTM) Systems (Video - 19:49 minutes)
  • Reading And Reference: NREL and USAID Report on BTM Regulatory Design (Download .pdf)
  • Colleague Interview: Dan Glaser (Video - 35:42 minutes)
  • California BTM Examples (Video - 09:19 minutes)
  • Additional Behind the Meter Case Studies (Resource)
  • Biggest US Battery Build-Out Ever (Download .pdf)
  • Batteries in Solar Installations Becoming the New Norm (Download .pdf)
  • Solar-plus-storage is a ‘zero-emissions threat’ to gas-burning power plants in the US (Download .pdf)
  • Microgrids Changing Landscapes (Video - 07:39 minutes)
  • St. Thomas Microgrid (Download .pdf)
  • Review the announcement from the CA PUC (Download .pdf)
  • PG&E Remote Grid Option (Download .pdf)
  • Week 1 wrap-up and Week 2 Overview (Video - 15:30 minutes)
  • Quiz for Week 1 (Quiz)
Week 2 - Utility Scale In Front of Meter Projects

  • In Front of the Meter case studies - introduction (Video - 03:57 minutes)
  • Metering Configurations (Download .pdf)
  • Average Electricity Prices in Hawaii (Download .pdf)
  • Hawaii Solar plus Storage projects (Download .pdf)
  • Hawaiian Electric eyes 460 MW solar, 3 GWh storage to help meet renewables goals (Download .pdf)
  • NV Energy Solar plus Storage Project (Download .pdf)
  • Colorado Solar plus Storage project (Download .pdf)
  • MA SMART Program In Front of Meter Example Market (Video - 16:55 minutes)
  • Massachusetts launches solar incentive (Download .pdf)
  • SMART program overview (Download .pdf)
  • MA SMART Solar website (Resource)
  • SMART program expansion (Download .pdf)
  • Cluster Study updates (Download .pdf)
  • Land use restrictions (Download .pdf)
  • ESA comments on SMART program changes (Download .pdf)
  • New York In Front of Meter Programs (Video - 23:53 minutes)
  • New York Retail Energy Storage Incentive Program (Download .pdf)
  • New York Energy Storage Value Stream Reference Guide (Download .pdf)
  • Summary of Value of Distributed Energy Resources (Download .pdf)
  • Summary of Updated Value Stack Order (Download .pdf)
  • Bulk Energy Storage Incentive Program (Download .pdf)
  • Replace NYC peakers with renewables+storage? Plant owners say they're working on it (Download .pdf)
  • California In Front of Meter Value Streams (Video - 18:29 minutes)
  • What is Resource Adequacy (Download .pdf)
  • CAPUC RA Website (Resource)
  • Resource Adequacy Overview from Gridworks (Download .pdf)
  • California braces for rolling outages as heatwave continues (Download .pdf)
  • California’s Shift From Natural Gas to Solar Is Playing a Role in Rolling Blackouts (Download .pdf)
  • California Doomed to Frequent Blackout Risk by Battery Shortage (Download .pdf)
  • LS Power Energizes World's Biggest Battery, Just in Time for California's Heat Wave (Download .pdf)
  • Consumers Are Playing a Big Role in Keeping the Lights On in California This Week (Download .pdf)
  • California Needs 1GW of New Long Duration Energy Storage by 2026 (Download .pdf)
  • California Could Need 55GW of Long-Duration Storage to Meet Its 2045 Carbon-Free Grid Goal (Download .pdf)
  • California will need up to 55GW of long-duration energy storage by 2045 (Download .pdf)
  • Long Duration Energy Storage (Download .pdf)
  • The First Major Long-Duration Storage Procurement Has Arrived (Download .pdf)
  • California utility SCE’s latest battery storage contracts to take company beyond 2GW mark (Download .pdf)
  • Utility IFM Midwest Developments - Summary (Video - 16:04 minutes)
  • Week 2 wrap-up Week 3 Overview (Video - 16:30 minutes)
  • Week 2 Quiz (Quiz)
Week 3 - Week Three

Assignments and Resources for week 3

  • Development Pre-planning (Video - 15:44 minutes)
  • Project Development (Video - 48:27 minutes)
  • Solar plus Storage Costs (Video - 10:05 minutes)
  • A Behind the Scenes Take on Lithium-ion Battery Prices (Download .pdf)
  • Battery prices have fallen 88 percent over the last decade (Download .pdf)
  • Envision Energy Says EV Battery Cell Costs Will Fall Below $50_kWh By 2025 (Download .pdf)
  • Falling US solar-plus-storage prices start to level as batteries supersize (Download .pdf)
  • Renewable Energy Costs Take Another Tumble, Making Fossil Fuels Look More Expensive Than Ever (Download .pdf)
  • Think Distributed Solar-Plus-Storage Isn’t Cost-Effective? Think Again (Download .pdf)
  • Project Finance (Video - 37:29 minutes)
  • Financing the Energy Transition (Resource)
  • Climate Crisis Will Reshape Finance (Download .pdf)
  • Levelized Cost of Solar Plus Storage (Download .pdf)
  • Colleague Interview: Kay Aikin (Video - 42:01 minutes)
  • Week 3 wrap-up Week 4 Overview (Video - 16:14 minutes)
  • Week 3 Quiz (Quiz)
Week 4 - Week Four

Assignments and Resources for week 4

  • Programs and Policies (Video - 09:37 minutes)
  • Policy News and Updates (Video - 12:57 minutes)
  • The DOE Global Energy Storage Database (Resource)
  • Massachusetts Energy Storage Policy Summary (Resource)
  • New York Energy Storage Policy Summary (Resource)
  • California Energy Storage Policy Summary (Resource)
  • An emerging push for time-of-use rates sparks new debates about customer and grid impacts (Download .pdf)
  • Congress Passes Spending Bill With Solar, Wind Tax Credit Extensions and Energy R&D Package (Download .pdf)
  • The battle for control of virtual power plants is just beginning (Download .pdf)
  • ‘Game-Changer’ FERC Order Opens Up Wholesale Grid Markets to Distributed Energy Resources (Download .pdf)
  • Design and Specification Overview and update for UTILITY SCALE COMMERCIAL & INDUSTRIAL SOLAR AND STORAGE - 201 (Video - 29:10 minutes)
  • FERC Allows Energy Storage to Play in Nationwide Wholesale Markets (Download .pdf)
  • President Biden Names Richard Glick as FERC Chair (Download .pdf)
  • 4 Big Challenges Facing FERC’s Plan to Open Up Power Markets to Distributed Energy (Download .pdf)
  • Warranties, Liquidated Damages and Performance Guarantees (Video - 08:33 minutes)
  • Review this Flyer on NREL's new software solution for configuring inverters quickly (Download .pdf)
  • Review this article on Autogrid's battery fleet management and aggregation... (Download .pdf)
  • Review this article from SolarWorld on: 2020 Top Solar Software and Monitoring Products (Resource)
  • Review this article on: Siting, Permitting & Land Use for Utility-Scale Solar from SEIA (Resource)
  • Software and Project Modeling Tools (Video - 15:27 minutes)
  • PVWatts Website (Resource)
  • PVSyst (Resource)
  • Aurora (Resource)
  • Helioscope (Resource)
  • Energy Toolbase (Resource)
  • What's in your software? (Download .pdf)
  • Enjoy this brief Overview on Permitting, Code and Regulation (Video - 17:06 minutes)
  • Review the contents of the 2018 International Fire Code chapter 12 (Resource)
  • Examine the contents of the New York Battery Energy Storage System Guidebook. (Download .pdf)
  • Enjoy this Webinar on FERC Order 2222 (Resource)
  • Colleague Interview: Gene Bertsche (Video - 35:53 minutes)
  • Week 4 Wrap up - Week 5 Overview (Video - 09:56 minutes)
  • Week 4 Quiz (Quiz)
Week 5 - Week Five

Assignments and Resources for week 5

  • Our Presentation on Commissioning and Security (Video - 38:22 minutes)
  • Safety considerations During ESS Commissioning (Download .pdf)
  • Protocol for Measuring the Performance of Energy Storage Systems (Download .pdf)
  • Colleague interview: David Del Vecchio - Commissioning Large Scale PV Systems safety. (Video - 01:20:02 hours)
  • Department of Energy Prohibition Order for Bulk-Power System Security (Download .pdf)
  • Utility ransomware attacks becoming more sophisticated (Download .pdf)
  • Colleague interview: Steve Tessler - Forcepoint (Video - 40:05 minutes)
  • Fire Safety for UTILITY SCALE COMMERCIAL & INDUSTRIAL SOLAR AND STORAGE SYSTEMS (Video - 20:39 minutes)
  • APS Details Cause of Battery Fire and Explosion, Proposes Safety Fixes (Download .pdf)
  • Battery Energy Storage System Incidents and Safety: A Technical Analysis by UL (Download .pdf)
  • How the Energy Storage Industry Responded to the Arizona Battery Fire (Download .pdf)
  • With new safety measures in place, APS looks to reengage with BESS (Download .pdf)
  • UL Webinar - "Risk Mitigation Strategies for Large Scale Energy Storage System Projects" (Resource)
  • UL Webinar - "Energy Storage Systems: What You Need to Know about UL 9540 and 9540A" (Resource)
  • Operation and Maintenance for – UTILITY SCALE COMMERCIAL & INDUSTRIAL SOLAR AND STORAGE 201 (Video - 33:01 minutes)
  • Best Practices for PV and Energy Storage Operation and Maintenance (Download .pdf)
  • Week 5 Wrap-up and Week 6 Overview (Video - 17:08 minutes)
  • Week 5 Quiz (Quiz)
Week 6 - Week 6

Assignments and Resources for week 6

  • Capstone Project Introduction (Video - 07:58 minutes)
  • Future Concepts (Video - 30:47 minutes)
  • Future Concepts - Christopher LaForge (Video - 06:30 minutes)
  • New Energy Infrastructure in the Age of Energy Transition (Resource)
  • Inside Google’s Bid to Get Granular on Renewable Energy Credits (Download .pdf)
  • BP bets on energy trading to fund strategy shift after bumper year (Download .pdf)
  • Breakthrough Batteries (Download .pdf)
  • Investors are supporting Vanadium Redox Flow Technology (Resource)
  • Carmakers want to ditch battery packs, use auto bodies for energy storage (Download .pdf)
  • This 100-Foot Catamaran Just Crossed the Atlantic Using Only Hydrogen Fuel and Solar Power (Download .pdf)
  • Energy Observer (Resource)
  • A New Battery Chemistry Will Lead the Stationary Energy Storage Market by 2030 (Download .pdf)
  • Cold storage: Organic proton batteries show disposal, solar pairing advantages in advance to market (Download .pdf)
  • EnerVenue - Metal-Hydrogen battery (Resource)
  • Tech innovation on the path to 2050 (Download .pdf)
  • Emrod claims it has Commercially Viable Long-Range Wireless Transmission Technology (Resource)
  • To batteries and beyond (Download .pdf)
  • The final Colleague Interview (Video - 51:40 minutes)
  • Week 6 Review and Course Wrap-up (Video - 13:46 minutes)
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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