An essential & comprehensive course on solar energy and photovoltaic power, covering solar energy resources, PV technology and grid-connected and stand-alone PV applications & Project Financial Analysis


About The Course

This course will provide a comprehensive discussion of solar energy resources, PV and balance of system technologies, technical standards for PV, grid-connected and stand-alone PV applications and project financial analysis.It will discuss international trends in the deployment of PV and present case studies on the experience to date and future prospects for PV in Australia and Indonesia.

Learning Outcomes

  • Characteristics of solar energy resources
  • PV and balance of system technologies, including PV modules, inverters, batteries, maximum power point trackers, wiring, DC circuit breakers, fuses and lightning protection
  • Technical standards for PV systems
  • Design of grid-connected and stand-alone PV systems
  • International deployment and cost trends for PV systems
  • PV project financial analysis
  • Insights from case studies of the deployment of PV systems in Australia and Indonesia

Who Should Attend

The course is designed for professionals from the electricity industry, PV system designers and government policy makers. Participants should have some technical knowledge of the electricity industry.

Course Faculty - Dr. Hugh Outhred & Dr. Maria Retnanestri

Dr Hugh Outhred

Hugh has 40 years’ experience in
energy industry research, consulting & teaching

Dr. Hugh Outhred

In a 40-year career, Hugh Outhred (PhD) has contributed to research on electric power system analysis and control, the theory of electricity industry restructuring and electricity market design, renewable energy technology, renewable energy integration, energy sector policy and sustainability policy. He has taught more than 120 short courses on electricity industry restructuring and sustainability in many countries since 1989.


His research in competitive electricity industry design includes landmark papers published in 1980 with co-authors at MIT: Homeostatic Utility Control and Quality of Supply Pricing for Electric Power Systems and later papers such as A Theory of Electricity Industry Design for Operation and Investment, Incorporating Network Effects In A Competitive Electricity Industry: An Australian Perspective, and Integrating Non-Storable Renewable Energy into the Australian Electricity Industry (these and his other research papers can be provided on request).


In 1993 and 1994 Hugh co-authored a report on electricity industry restructuring for the California Energy Commission that highlighted the complexity of electricity restructuring in that context.


In 1995 and 1996 he led a project for the Australian National Grid Management Council to undertake electricity-trading experiments according to the proposed National Electricity Market trading rules prior to their formal implementation.


Hugh has been a member of two Australian electricity industry regulatory bodies, the NSW License Compliance Advisory Board and the National Electricity Tribunal throughout their existence from 1997 to 2000 and 1998 to 2006 respectively.


From 2004 to 2007, he was the founding Presiding Director of the Centre for Energy and Environmental Markets at the University of New South Wales.


From 2009 to 2011, he was a Lead Author for the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation, published in 2011.


Hugh has been a Fulbright Senior Fellow at the University of California Berkeley, USA and has held visiting positions at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the USA, the University of Liverpool in Britain and the Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Spain.


He has been a Board member of the Australian Cooperative Research Centre for Renewable Energy and an Associate Director of the Centre for Photovoltaic Devices and Systems at the University of New South Wales.


Hugh is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Energy and a Life Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.

Dr. Maria Retnaestri

MariaRetnanestriDr. Maria Retnanestri is a Visiting Fellow in the School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications at the University of New South Wales.

She holds the degrees of Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (STTNAS Jogjakarta), Master of Engineering Science in Electrical Engineering (UNSW) and PhD in Electrical Engineering (UNSW).

In her PhD research, Maria Retnanestri developed the I3A (Implementation, Accessibility, Availability and Acceptability) Framework to investigate overall sustainability of renewable energy projects, considering their institutional, financial, technological, social and ecological sustainability dimensions. From 2008 to 2011, she then further developed and applied this research to identify ways to overcome barriers to renewable energy for sustainable development in Indonesia with financial support from an Australian Development Research Award.

With that financial support, she conducted more than 20 workshops, seminars, public lectures, field visits and study tours in Indonesia involving various kinds of renewable energy stakeholders in knowledge sharing and capacity building activities.


“A tailor made course on PV for non-professionals. Excellent.Topped up to the required level of knowledge for me.” – Managing Director, Neat Solutions Pvt Ltd

“Concise yet complete brief course to bring professionals up to date with the latest issues and trends with photovoltaic systems.” – Engineer, Public Utilities Board, Singapore

“The course is comprehensive and has increased my knowledge and competency.” – Senior Engineer, Tenaga Nasional Berhad

“This training has opened my eyes to other country’s case studies on solar PV systems.” – Engineer, TNB Energy Services Sdn Bhd

This training course has a limited attendance for up to 20 participants only. Sessions commence at 9am on all days, with short intervals at 10.30am and 3.30pm respectively. Refreshments will be provided in the short intervals. Lunch will be provided at 12:30pm for 1 hour. Sessions will end at 5pm on all days.

Unique Features with powerEDGE Training

• Pre-Course Questionnaire to help us focus on your learning objectives
• Detailed Course & Reference Manual for Continuous Learning and Sharing
• Practical Exercises & Case Examples to better understand the principles
• Limited class size to ensure One-to-One Interactivity
• Assessment at the end of the course to help you develop a Personal Action Plan