Technicians under the program will gain a mix of class-room and hands on lessons in the operation, installation, maintenance and design of Stand-Alone Photovoltaic Energy Systems.

During the classroom lessons, students will review basic electrical concepts and gain an understanding on the operating principles of batteries, solar photovoltaic panels, charge controllers and inverters. The lessons will cover common points of failure of these items and the ways these failures can be mitigated in system design, system usage and through proper system maintenance. Finally, students will be taught how to diagnose faults across these components when providing troubleshooting of failed stand-alone PV systems. The teaching program will be tailored to the Virgin Islands’ (VI) context, with VI sunshine-level data sets and common household energy scenarios used to make the technical information more relevant to the Virgin Islands students. The hands-on component of the training will allow students to assemble a live PV-Stand Alone system. Field-based scenarios will be modelled in the lab environments, activities were setup with different failure types and students will be required to run tests across each of the system components to determine the source of failure. On the more basic level, students will also able to use the classroom knowledge on analyzing the impact of shading, temperature and sunshine levels on the power output of solar panels.