One Year Diploma in Photovoltaic Technology


Solar energy technology use is expanding rapidly. The Solar Photovoltaic (PV) sector is the largest and fastest growing renewable energy employer worldwide with an increasing need for experts that can support this growth.

In this one year non formal education* program you will gain the knowledge and skills needed to pursue a career in the solar energy field and become a successful solar energy professional. This is 360 hours project based & practical product/project leading course for a specific job. This is neither a formal 3 years Diploma education offered by polytechnic Education nor as degree course.
* "Non-formal Education means an organized systematic educational activity carried on outside the framework of the formal system to provide selected types of learning to particular sub groups in the population."

The objective of this program is
1. to provide solar product and project development facilities for women, school dropouts and other disadvantaged sections of society through specially designed courses,
2. to offer continuing education programme for working personnel from industries at different levels
3. to meet the requirements of small and medium industries.

This program will teach you what is expected from solar experts, and will prepare you for employment in various capacities including:

  1. Systems design and engineering
  2. Solar systems installation
  3. Device fabrication and characterization
  4. QA and reliability testing
  5. Project management and consultancy as well as (technical) sales

Why should you take this program?

  1. Solar energy will play a crucial role in the supply of future energy on Earth.
  2. Solar energy engineers are already required in many sectors of the energy industry.
  3. This one-year program has an ideal blend of theory and practical elements that give students an optimal start for their solar career.
  4. You will study while in close contact with teachers and researcher. In the courses, you will be trained on real-case projects.
  5. Participants will allow to work in EPC companies and to create a worldwide network for your future career.

What You'll Learn:

  1. Understand the physics of PV cells, all aspects of a working solar cell: performance, efficiency limits and design rules.
  2. Understand commercial design concepts and fabrication processes of various photovoltaic (PV) technologies and applications on real-case projects.
  3. Evaluate components of a PV-system: PV modules, inverters, DC-DC converters, batteries, charge controllers and cables, etc.
  4. Apply techniques for designing a PV-system ranging from a residential rooftop system to a utility scale solar plant.
  5. Understand design concepts of microgrids that include PV-systems.
  6. Assess the economics and ecology of PV-systems and communicate these accordingly.
  7. Apply the knowledge in real life projects together with your EPC partner.


H.S/10+2, Diploma,
Or Experience in Electrical or solar field

Duration: 11 Month (160 hours Theory, 200 hours Hands on Practical) In-house Training & 1 Month Practical at Solar project site (more or less 100 hours)


English, Hindi & Local Language
(Book & Online Examination in English)

Certificate will be Awarded by

Institute of Solar Technology, A Unit of Global Advanced Training & Educational Trust, Regd. under NCT New Delhi, Govt. of India


  1. Theory Class
  2. Lab Practical
  3. Industry experts Real Case Study
  4. Field work at real project site

Admission Process for this course:

  1. Contact for Admission Test
  2. Selected Candidates can take admission on the basic of seat availability


UnitModule Detail
Semester: 1
Duration Six Months
Introduction to Renewable Energy, Its Sources & future Prospects:
  • 1. Global and Indian Energy Scenario and Energy Policy
  • 2. State Energy Policy
  • 3. Classification of Energy Resources
  • 4. Renewable Energy Systems
  • 5. Environmental Impact of Energy Systems
Physic of Photovoltaic System
  • 1. What is Solar Cell/Panel? Detail of Solar Cell - PV modules layers
  • 2. Semiconductors as basic solar cell material, materials and properties
  • 3. Photovoltaic Effect
  • 4. Doping Semiconductors, P-type and N-type formation
  • 5. How a Photovoltaic Cell Works
  • 6. Type of PV cell, Crystalline Cells, Monocrystalline, Polycrystalline, Thin Film, Multi-junction Cells, Efficiencies,
  • 7. Generation Solar Cell - First Generation, Second Generation, Third Generation, Future Generation
  • 8. Perovskite Solar Cell, Dye-Sensitize Solar Cell, Quantum Dot (QD) Solar Cell, Organic/Plastic Solar Cell, Printable Solar Cell, Multiple Exciton Generation , Tandem Solar Cell
  • 9. Technical Specification of Solar PV module
  • 10. Fill Factor, Efficiency, Temperature Coefficients
  • 11. Application of Solar Energy
Indoor and outdoor Lab Practical
Safety for PV System Workers
  • 1. Occupational health
  • 2. Constitutional aspects of Employees' right to health, Occupational health Laws, Employees' State Insurance (ESI)
  • 3. PV Installation Safety, GENERAL SAFETY, Installation Safety, Personal Protective Equipments
  • 4. Safety Level, System Hazards and Recommendations, National Electric Code
  • 5. FirstAid Techniques During PV System Installation
  • Safety Color Coding Lebels and Tape, Marking Physical Hazards, color coding for DC circuits, IEC coding, Fire Extinguishers, Employee Health and Safety Education,
Solar Resources for Photovoltaic System
  • 1. Solar Insolation, Solar Spectrum
  • 2. Average Daily Solar Radiation, PSH, PSI
  • 3. Solar Window, Location - Latitude, Insolation and Latitude
  • 4. Solar Declination angle
  • 5. solar noon, Determine solar noon
  • 6. Factors to be considered in Solar System Design
  • 7. Air Mass, GHI, DIF, DHI, DNI, Solar Maps
  • 8. Module Tilt Angle Scale
  • 9. Measurement of Sunlight Power incident on SPV Module's surface
  • 10. Significance of the Tilt Angle Northern Hemisphere, Southern Hemisphere, Equinox
  • 11. Summary of Solar Angles, Optimum tilt angle, Best Angle for Solar Panels
  • 12. Module Mounting Structure, Intelligent solar tracking system
Site Assessments and Project Planing
  • 1. PV System Site Assessment
  • 2. Solar PV Site Assessment Procedure - Preliminary Solar Site Assessment, Site Access Notes
  • 3. Shading Analysis for Photovoltaic Systems - Objective and Subjective Shade, Static and Dynamic Shade, Whole and Partial Shade
  • 4. Shade and Power: The Multiplier Effect, Damage to Solar Panels
  • 5. Determine true south, Site Analysis, Sun paths, SUN PATHS DIAGRAM, Altitude and azimuth, Site Evaluation
Solar Resources and Indoor and outdoor Lab Practical
Solar PV Balance-of-System
  • 1. Basic Components of a Solar PV System
  • 2. Switch, Disconnector, Principle factors to be considered when selecting the DC switch-disconnector
  • 3. Cable size - DC Voltage & Current in PV Systems, Rated current & voltage
  • 4. D.C. Plug and Socket Connectors - DC Isolator, DC Combiner Box, Junction Boxes, Different Parts of JB, AC isolator, AC Distribution Box
  • 5. String Fuses, Selection of Fuse, Blocking Diodes
  • 6. Earthing System, Earthing of solar plant, Calculation of earth resistance, Grounding System, Surge Protection, Lightning Protection
  • 7. Inverter - Micro, String, Central, Stand Alone, Grid Tie, Pure Sine Wave
  • 8. Measurement/metering of Electrical Power, Charge Controller - PWM, MPPT
  • 9. Mounting Structures - Roof mounted, Ground mounted, Mounting Material, Technical Specifications of mounting structure, Design Specifications, Wind Load Calculation of Mounting Structure, Foundation Selection
  • 10. Networking Cable, Synchronization for Two Power Sources
  • 11. PV Batteries, Battery capacity, Battery connection, Battery Charging Current and Battery Charging Time, Three Stage Battery Charging, Battery Selection and Sizing, What parameters MUST BE monitored? Battery Maintenance Tips, Battery Efficiency
  • 12. Softe copy of Home Task submitted by every student
Solar Product Development - 3 months practical session
  • 1. Street Lights
  • 2. Integrated solar LED street light
  • 3. Solar Lanterns
  • 4. Solar Home light Systems
  • 5. Solar Road Safety light/Traffic signal light
  • 6. Solar Mounting Structure
  • 7. Solar Fencing
  • 8. Solar Garden Light
  • 9. solar toy
  • 10. and more useful solar power products
Semester: 2
Duration Six Months
Rooftop Project Design and Documentation
  • 1. Basic principles of system design
  • 2. Steps to follow to design an efficient PV system
  • 3. Factors to be considered in Solar System Design
  • 4. System Design of Solar PV Systems - Load Analysis, Solar Array Design, Inverter Issues, Battery Sizing, Charge Controller
  • 5. Rooftop Solar Power Plant Calculation with case study - Load Calculate, Inverter Selection, Battery Bank Calculation, PV Array Design, PV Array Design Error Checking
  • 6. PLANT BoS equipment sizing - Minimum Voltage Rating, Minimum Current Rating, Cable Selection and Sizing, Fault Current Protection, String Fuses, Module cables, cable voltage rating, current carrying capacity of the cable, Protection against overcurrent and overvoltage, AC Cables, Cable losses, Cable Tags, Junction Boxes, DC Switches/Disconnects, Circuit Breaker, Data Monitoring
  • 7. Design Documentation, Drawing Sheet, Quotation, PO, Cost price of solar PV power system, Payback Period
  • 8. Case Study on Existing Roofttop project developed by reputated EPC Company
Zero Energy Building Development
On-grid Project Design and Documentation
  • 2. PLANT BoS equipment sizing - Minimum Voltage Rating, Minimum Current Rating, Cable Selection and Sizing, Fault Current Protection, String Fuses, Module cables, cable voltage rating, current carrying capacity of the cable, Protection against overcurrent and overvoltage, AC Cables, Cable losses, Cable Tags, Junction Boxes, DC Switches/Disconnects, Circuit Breaker, Data Monitoring
  • 3. Design Documentation, Drawing Sheet, Energy Yield Prediction, SPECIFIC ENERGY YIELD, CUF, PERFORMANCE RATIO, Ideal Energy, Bill of materials, Quotation, PO, Cost price of solar PV power system, Payback Period
  • 4. Case Study on Existing project developed by reputated EPC Company
Solar System Design Software (Corporate Partner - SolarPro, Japan)
  • 1. Solar Geometry and Resource Assessment
  • 2. Types of losses in solar system & their importance
  • 3. Effect of temperature on solar cells, temperature co-efficients
  • 4. NOCT and its importance
  • 5. Data Sets- Types and usefulness
  • 6. PR- Definition, importance and calculation of PR, Different approaches for PR calculation
  • 7. Selection of modules & inverters for PV System simulation
  • 8. Started Sample Project with Variant, Site, Meteo and Settings
  • 9. Array Types, Orientation, Tilt, POA Insolation, Optimization
  • 10. Grid connected PV System Design and Modeling
  • 11. Grid connected PV System layout and Performance Optimization
  • 12. P50-P90 Presentation
  • 13. Hands-on Grid connected PV System Design and Simulation
Research project Finance
Solar Power Plant Drawing
PV Project Management Part 1
  • 1. What is Project ?
  • 2. Project Management, Project Management Processes
  • 3. Project Cost Management, PV, EV, BCWS, AC, EAC, CPI, ETC, CV, SPI, VAC
  • 4. Project Human Resource Management
  • 5. Project Risk Management
  • 6. Project Procurement Management
Solar market research project
PV Project Management - Part 2
  • 1. Detailed Site Analysis, Basic Engineering
  • 2. Technology Selection
  • 3. Due Diligence Services in PV Projects
  • 4. Yield Projection, PV Performance Projection
  • 5. Implementing MW Solar Power Plants - Action Framework
  • 6. Getting a PPA for a MW Solar Power Plant
  • 7. EPC Selection for a MW Solar Plant
  • 8. Designing and Construction
  • 9. Decision regarding Owner's Engineer and O&M
  • 10. Commissioning of the Plant
Practical Installation, Testing and O&M
Practical at Project Site - One month On-Job Training

Training Fee:

Only for Indian Students
Semester: 1 Registration Fee Rs.9000/
Training Fee: Rs. 3500/ per Month

Semester: 2 Registration Fee Rs.9000/
Training Fee: Rs. 3500/ per Month

Study Materials: Rs.0.00
E-Library Fee: Rs.0.00
Examination & Certification Fee: Rs.0.00

GST @18% Extra on Fee Amount

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