Module 2: GRESBS802 - Solar-Based Systems


Nominal duration: 6 weeks (approx.72 hours total time commitment)


This time commitment includes the structured activities, preparation reading, attendance at each webinar, completing exercises, practical assessments and proctored assessments.

It is also expected that students spend additional time on readings, personal study, independent research and learning, practicing on remote labs and required software and working on any projects and assignments.

This module covers standalone and grid-connected PV systems, as well as the auxiliary equipment associated with PV systems.




Sunlight is one of the most abundant energy resources on our planet. The purpose of the module for the participants to gain an understanding of the theory and practice of PV (photovoltaic) power generation for domestic, RV (recreational vehicle), and marine applications.





Modules that must be delivered and assessed before this module:

  • Module 1: GREFGD801 - Fundamentals and General Distribution/Interconnection Components –

Modules that must be delivered concurrently with this module:

  • N/A 





Assessors should gather a range of evidence that is valid, sufficient, current and authentic. Evidence can be gathered through a variety of ways including direct observation, supervisor's reports, project work, structured assessments, samples and questioning. This will include short answer questions on the knowledge content, the use of remote and virtual labs, and writing tasks to apply the learning to academic tasks.


Assessors must:

  • hold the appropriate assessor competency standards as outlined in regulations; and
  • be able to demonstrate vocational competencies at least to the level being assessed; and
  • be able to demonstrate how they are continuing to develop their VET knowledge and skills as well as maintaining their industry currency and assessor competence.

Questioning techniques should not require language, literacy, and numeracy skills beyond those required in this module. The candidate must have access to all tools, equipment, materials, and documentation required.

The candidate must be permitted to refer to any relevant workplace procedures, product and manufacturing specifications, codes, standards, manuals, and reference materials.

Assessments may be open book assessment and may be completed off campus. Invigilation software will be used for some assessments to ensure authenticity of work completed.

Model answers must be provided for all knowledge-based assessments to ensure reliability of assessment judgements when marking is undertaken by different assessors.




On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

  1. Identify and explain the characteristics of solar irradiation as energy
  2. Identify and explain the construction of PV cells and modules
  3. Identify and explain the auxiliary components used in PV systems
  4. Design a PV system
  5. Identify and explain the attributes of solar thermal systems







Learning outcomes specify what students will be able to do as a result of the learning. Assessment criteria provide the criteria by which achievement of the learning outcomes will be judged.




Identify and explain the characteristics of solar irradiation as energy


Explain the characteristics of solar irradiation as an energy source


Identify sustainable energy system requirements


Explain solar radiation fundamentals

2 Identify and explain the construction of PV cells and modules 2.1 Analyse the behaviour of solar cells  
2.2 Explain contemporary cell design and manufacturing techniques
2.3 Contrast techniques for module fabrication and PV cell interconnection
3 Identify and explain the auxiliary components used in PV systems 3.1 Compare and evaluate the battery types used in PV installations
3.2 Explain the principles of operation and application of battery chargers used in PV installations
3.3 Identify and explain the use of inverters in given PV installations
4 Design a PV system 4.1 Design the electrical part of a PV installation
4.2 Specify and/or design the mechanical components of a PV installation
4.3 Describe the steps involved in practical PV system implementation
4.4 Identify the economics of PV systems
5 Identify and explain the attributes of solar thermal systems 5.1 Appraise the available technologies available for low temperature solar water heating
5.2 Identify and explain the technologies available for high temperature solar water heating
5.3 Compare the technologies used for solar thermal electricity generation



Delivery mode

Online and/or face-to-face


Software/Hardware Used


  • N/A


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