Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Technology

Offered by School of Engineering

Short Course / 2 days / TGS-2023025460

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Course Information
Learning Outcomes
Course Schedule
Lesson Plan
Trainer Profile
Entry Requirements
Course Fees

Course Information

Acquire knowledge on the fundamentals of solar photovoltaic (PV) technology and design and installation of standalone and grid-connected PV systems.

Learning Outcomes

What you will learn about the key fundamentals of the solar photovoltaic (PV) technology from this course, including the ability to apply the knowledge to the design and installation of stand-alone and grid-connected PV systems inclusive of design criteria for lightning protection for a PV system.


Course Date: TBC
Application Period: TBC
Duration: 2 days
Time: 9am to 5pm
Delivery Mode: Classroom
Venue: Ngee Polytechnic

This course may be conducted online subject to Covid-19 guidelines.

Ngee Ann Polytechnic reserves the right to reschedule / cancel any programme, modify the fees and amend information without prior notice.

Lesson Plan

Solar Radiation, Solar Cells and Solar Module
  • Solar Radiation (air mass, energy density, sun radiation in Singapore)
  • Types of solar cells
  • Standard Test Condition (STC) & IV curve of solar cell
  • Electrical characteristics of a solar cell
  • Module configuration ( series-parallel of solar cells in a module, effect of shading, hot spot
    heating and use of bypass diode)
  • Module mechanical and electrical structure consideration
Design of Standalone System
  • PV modules
  • Selection of batteries
  • Use of charge controller
  • Choice of inverters
  • Sizing of DC cables
  • Stand-alone system sizing and design
Design of Grid-Connected System
  • Grid-connected system types and advantages
  • System sizing and economics
  • Obtaining interconnection agreement
  • Net metering
  • Sizing of grid-connected system
Design of Lightning Protection System
  • Lightning protection & surge protection
  • Earthing of grid-connected PV system
Local Code Of Practice And Requirements on PV Systems
  • Safety standards and requirements
  • System performance & design parameters
PV Related Power Quality Issues
  • PQ standards & measurements
  • Case studies
Demonstration and Site Measurements of Grid Connected PV System
  • Site: Ngee Ann Solar Technology Centre

Trainer's Profile

Xueyan Li

Xueyan holds two Masters degrees in Electrical Engineering: one in Digital Signal Processing (University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, US) and another one in Power Engineering (University of South Florida, US). She has many years of working experience in the solar PV industry. Before joining polytechnic, she was a principal engineer in the solar company REC.

She now is a lecturer in the School of Engineering, Ngee Ann Polytechnic.

Dr Tey Leong Hua

Dr. Tey is currently the Deputy Director in the School of Engineering, Ngee Ann Polytechnic.

He acted as a co-PI for many research funding worth around $1.6M. He had the entry-level certification for PV installers from the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners and other certificates for basic and advance PV design and installation. He was also a Green Mark Professional (GMP). He has vast experience in many aspects of PV systems. He is also involved in the national solar repository (NSR) initiated by EDB of Singapore.

Mr Chan Chee Hin

Mr. Chan obtained a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering and Master in Building Science from the University of Singapore. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Singapore since 1981 and an EMA Licensed High Voltage Electrical Engineer. He has been working as M & E consultant for many years since graduation. He was a member of the Working Group on Electrical Installation in the preparation of the Singapore Standard Code of Practice for Electrical Installations SS: 638: 2018, and also a member of the Technical Committee on Power Systems and Utilization which is responsible for the preparation of Singapore Standards related to power systems and the utilization.

He is a regular speaker for the mandatory EMA Refresher Course for Licensed Electrical Technicians and Engineers.


Certificate of Performance will be awarded to participants.

Participants registered with professional bodies will be awarded the following:

– 11 PEB PDUs

Entry Requirements

This course is suitable for Mechanical and Electrical technicians, assistant engineers and engineers who are interested to acquire the knowledge of photovoltaic technology and learn how to design PV systems.

Course Fees

Funding period for this course is from 1 Jul 2023 to 30 Sep 2024.

SkillsFuture Credit
All Singaporeans aged 25 and above can use their $500 SkillsFuture Credit from the government to pay for a wide range of approved skills-related courses. Visit the SkillsFuture Credit website to choose from the courses available on the Training Exchange course directory.

Union Training Assistance Programme (UTAP)
NTUC members enjoy 50% unfunded course fee support for up to $250 each year (or up to $500 for NTUC members aged 40 years old and above) when you sign up for courses supported under UTAP (Union Training Assistance Programme). Please visit e2i’s website to find out more.

Enhanced Training Support
For enhanced training support, enter SME in the promo code during course application.

Ngee Ann Polytechnic reserves the right to reschedule / cancel any programme, modify the fees and amend information without prior notice.


(Course fee is payable upon acceptance. It is inclusive of 8% GST and subject to review.)

Please note that the GST rate will be revised to 8% with effect from 1 Jan 2023, as such any payable course fees will be subjected to the new GST rate adjustments in 2023.

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Applicants / Eligibility Fees
Full course fees$432.00
Singaporeans aged below 40 qualified for SkillsFuture Funding*$128.40
Singaporeans aged 40 & above qualified for SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy*$48.40
Singaporeans qualified for Enhanced Training Support for SMEs* $48.40
Singapore Permanent Residents & **LTVP+ qualified for SkillsFuture Funding $129.60
Singapore Permanent Residents & ##LTVP+ qualified for Enhanced Training Support for SMEs $49.60
Others (and Repeat Students)$432.00