GESS IIa: Grid-connected Photovoltaics (PV)

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Our current decade showed an extraordinary downward price development for photovoltaic (PV) technology. As a result, newly installed peak power of PV systems now surpasses all other technologies, both conventional/fossil and renewable. Use this RENAC course to get yourself up to speed on what is currently the most promising energy technology on our planet. You will receive solid theoretical knowledge combined with practical hands-on exercise. Our experienced trainers will get you involved in the training and will facilitate valuable group interaction and discussions.


  • Overview on relevant photovoltaic applications
  • Current global market trends and numbers
  • Main components of grid-connected PV systems
  • Fundamentals in grid-connected PV system sizing
  • Economic assessment of grid-connected projects
  • Grid-connected PV project development


5 days (3.5 days theory, 1 practical, 0.5 field visits)


Dr. Emilienne Tingwey
Project Director Face-to-face Trainings
Tel: +49 (0) 30 526 895 882
Email: tingwey[at]

The training suits those who:

  • Are interested in PV and have no/little prior knowledge
  • Need a comprehensive overview on PV systems and applications
  • Start evaluating/developing their first projects such as contractors, project managers, engineers, electricians, quality inspectors, technical support crew and customer service professionals in the solar energy industry

Qualification Level

No pre-requisites

After the seminar, you will be able to:

  • Assess solar resource and yield
  • Identify PV plant components
  • Design a plant with PVsyst (basic design)
  • Assess technical and economic feasibility
  • Comprehend key stakeholders and project structures
GESS IIa: Grid-connected Photovoltaics (PV)


  • Assessment of knowledge acquisition
  • Qualified trainer with wide experience in the industry
  • Up-to-date theoretical lectures, case study, discussion, partner work
  • State-of-the-art practical training (calculations, hands-on exercises)
  • Use of our self-build practical training rigs, representing each technology
  • Field trips with inspections of power plants, buildings etc.
  • Certificate of attendance
  • 10% discount for early bird registration

Available dates & times

Next Date Location Language Registration deadline Lecturers Price € Early bird € Valid until  
19.08.19 - 23.08.19 Berlin EN 07.07.2019
1.500,00 1.350,00 1.350,00 23.06.2019


Gerhard Rauch, RENAC
Current position:
Gerhard Rauch has been a member of the RENAC since October 2018. As a Project Manager in the Solar Department he is responsible for the realisation of capacity building solar photovoltaic projects around the world. He is currently involved in the “Trainings on Rooftop Photovoltaic Systems in India – TROPHI” which targets various stakeholders critical to the realisation of India’s National Solar Mission. He is also responsible for the RENAC Training Centre, where he, and other trainers, incorporate practical demonstrations and exercises into their seminars about renewable energies and energy efficiency.

Mr. Rauch holds a Masters in Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering, has experience as a project engineer in industrial automation and as a secondary school science teacher in the United Kingdom.
Isabelle Gezer, RENAC
Current position:
Isabelle Gezer joined the Renewables Academy (RENAC) in October 2017. She works as Project Manager within the Solar Energy Department, develops training material and is also involved as lecturer in face-to-face seminars, workshops and online classrooms.

Professional experience:
Ms Gezer has worked for three years for one of Europe’s biggest Solar Asset Management providers. As a technical asset manager for a large Solar PV Portfolio in UK, her daily routine included overseeing the technical performance of the assets, reviewing acceptance test calculations and liaising with EPC Contractors, O&M Providers, grid operators as well as other third parties.

Isabelle Gezer holds a diploma in Environmental Engineering (Technical University of Berlin) and Masters in Solar PV Engineering (University of Jaen, Spain).
Lars Koerner, RENAC
Current position:
Lars Koerner joined Renewables Academy (RENAC) AG in May 2014 as Project Director. He coordinates and conducts training programs at Renewables Academy (RENAC) AG mainly in the field of solar energy systems. Off-grid systems and PV-Diesel-Hybrid mini-grids for rural electrification or industrial applications are his special interest.

Professional experience:
Before joining RENAC Lars gained seven years of experience as project engineer and senior product manager at SolarWorld AG where he also managed several rural electrification projects. His experience in the area of solar energy spans further through his work at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Almeria, Spain and Fraunhofer ISE in Freiburg, Germany. He is an expert in sizing and simulation of solar energy systems and the co-author on off-grid systems in Earthscan’s 3rd edition of “Planning and Installing Photovoltaic Systems”.

Lars holds an engineering diploma in Environmental Engineering / Renewable Energies and is also a state-licensed electrician.


"One of the best trainings that I have attended. The program, the instructors and the atmosphere were great. It was a great experience for me. Thank you."
Bassem Chalak, Lebanon, Grid-connected and Off-grid Photovoltaics, 2015

"The Grid Connected and Off-Grid Solar PV training has enhanced my technical knowledge of solar and tremendously increased my performance as a renewable energy consultant."
Segun Adaju, Nigeria, Grid-connected and Off-grid Photovoltaics, 2015


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