About The Course

This course will provide a first-hand comprehensive discussion of the most relevant topics of the different stages across the value chain of a roof top grid-connected solar PV project. Topics like installation standards, commissioning practices, assessment of rooftop suitability, benefits and challenges of PV development, building integrated PV or the various business models in roof top deployment will be highlighted, focusing specifically on the challenges and best practices in order to ensure a clear understanding of what leads to a good or a poor result.


The content of the course not only focuses on technical aspects, it illustrates also the interface between technical concepts and commercial consequences bringing utilities, developers and system integrators to a common ground. This course contains the knowhow of PV expertise acquired over almost one decade of intensive activities in mature and nascent markets in the Americas, Asia and Europe.

Learning Outcomes

This course will be valuable to participants involved in any of the different stages of the value chain providing a global understanding of the deployment of roof top PV projects.


Beginning with introductory aspects, the instructor will lead the participant through the natural course of PV projects including references to real projects keeping a balanced mix between PV theory, first hand practical lessons, commercial and academic topics. Through this multi-perspective approach, the participant will gain a better understanding of the overall picture of the roof-top PV deployment, in particular:


  • Different approaches for evaluating the suitability of a roof for PV installation
  • Best practices to be applied during installation and commissioning of roof top PV plants
  • Project organigram of a PV project
  • Understanding of the various challenges affecting PV plants in general and in the SE-Asian region
  • Requirements and models of building integrated PV
  • Health and Safety during roof top PV installation
  • Floating solar as an alternative to space scarcity
  • Principles and dimensioning of storage systems for roof-top PV plants
  • Understanding the various business models in roof top PV deployment
  • Basics in regards to the interface between the distribution system operator and the plant owner

Application of some of the above mentioned aspects in real case studies

Who Should Attend

There are no prerequisites to attend this course but a basic knowledge of PV technology and PV systems will help to increase the understanding of the content shared during the 3 days of instruction.


  • Lenders
  • Project developers
  • Investors
  • System integrators
  • Project managers
  • Installers
  • Designers
  • Government policy makers
  • Module manufacturers

Course Faculty - Asier Ukar

Asier Ukar is Senior Technical Manager of the Business Unit PV Systems at the PI-Photovoltaik Institut Berlin AG based in Berlin, Germany. He has 10 years of experience in deployment of roof top and multi-MW grid-connected PV systems with physical presence in Germany, Spain, Italy, Bulgaria, the UK, Czech Republic, Chile, Brazil, Israel, Irland, Turkey, Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Morocco and India, being active in the Asian market since 2010. Asier Ukar has years of experience in the creation of feasibility studies, design of roof top and multi-MW PV plants, installation supervision, commissioning, energy yield assessment, tender process support, contract assessment and comprehensive quality assurance of grid-connected PV plants. The installed capacity of the power plants for which he has acted as a consultant range from 105 kWp to 350MWp.


He is in charge of supervising the technical activities of the Business Unit PV Systems, developing tailor-made design and inspection packages, site-specific inspection concepts acting as on-site specialized supervisor with presence at the key phases of the projects. The Business Unit PV Systems has been actively involved in the design, supervision, operation and refinancing of approximately 3.5 GWp of installed capacity since 2007 in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. Asier Ukar acts as consultant for several banks, lenders, governmental authorities, system integrators and module manufacturers since 2008,and is responsible for the capacity building programs at PI Berlin AG since 2014. Asier Ukar regularly collaborates in scientific publications and is invited as a speaker at international conferences around the world.


Asier Ukar acts internationally as an independent expert in lawsuits and court hearings and he is listed as an international expert in various organizations, including “Asian Development Bank” (ADB), the German “Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt” (PTB), “Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit“ (GIZ) and the organ Deutsche Kommission Elektrotechnik Elektronik Informationstechnik “(DKE), which belongs to the German Institute Standards (DIN) and „Verband der Elektrotechnik, Elektronik und Informationstechnik“ (VDE).


Asier Ukar holds a diploma in mechanical engineering from the University Karlsruhe, Germany (TU Karlsruhe) and speaks five languages.

Testimonial from ASIERS’S other courses

“It is a very good training with knowledgeable trainer useful for related party with solar industry” – PROJECT MANAGER


“Mandatory course for any PV plant player/owner.” – HEAD OF DEPARTMENT


“It was an exceptional course delivered by people who are clearly leaders in the industry” – ENGINEER


“The trainers are knowledgeable and able to deliver clear and in-depth technical details and aspects of every topics discussed during the course. The course is very comprehensive, covering different phases of building a utility scale PV plant.” – DIRECTOR

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