Gain first-hand comprehensive discussion of the most relevant topics of
different stages across the value chain of a grid-connected solar PV project


About The Course

This course will provide a first-hand comprehensive discussion of the most relevant topics of different stages across the value chain of a grid-connected solar PV project. Issues like technical design, best practices of installation, energy yield prediction, commissioning, O&M, EPC contract, quality assurance or Technical Due Diligence (TDD) 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 results and commercial or financial interpretations bringing LTA and investors to a common ground allowing an interdisciplinary and  more accurate evaluation of technical outcomes with financial impact.

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 PV projects.

Beginning with introductory aspects, the instructor will lead the participant through the natural course of PV projects including references to real projects in the past keeping a balanced mix between PV theory, hands-on practices, legal, commercial and academic topics. Through this multi-perspective approach the participant will gain a better understanding of the interface between different stakeholders.

  • How to assess an investor from the technical perspective
  • Identifying risks in each project stage
  • How to estimate the yield losses due to shading
  • How to evaluate and validate the accuracy of meteorological data
  • How to estimate the profitability of a PV system
  • How to differentiate between suitable and unsuitable sites for a plant location
  • How to structure and improve an O&M program
  • How to design an optimal PV plant from the technical perspective?
  • How to conduct a TDD
  • How to detect and interpret module failures in the field
  • Best practices to be applied during installation
  • Which guidelines must be applied to properly certify a PV plant
  • How to select an optimal DC/AC ratio of an inverter
  • Witnessing and evaluation of the correctness of commissioning protocols
  • How to identify potential risks of EPC contracts
  • Basics of IV curve tracing, electroluminescence and infrared technology

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 5 days of instruction.

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

Course Faculty - Asier Ukar

Asier Ukar

Senior Consultant

PI-Photovoltaik Institut Berlin AG

Asier Ukar

Asier Ukar is Senior Consultant at the PI-Photovoltaik Institut Berlin AG (PI 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 Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa, 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 at PI Berlin AG, 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. He 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 to international conferences around the world.


Asier Ukar acts internationally as an independent expert witness 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) and “Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit“ (GIZ). Asier Ukar holds a diploma in mechanical engineering from the University Karlsruhe, Germany (TU Karlsruhe) and speaks five languages


“Very educational and timely knowledge sharing. Trainer is very experienced in the PV plants technology design construction and commissioning.” Senior Manager, Single Buyer Department (Technical Advisory), Tenaga Nasional Berhad.


“Simple, amazing and informative!” Construction Dept, Greenheat Corporation (EPC) and O & M.


“Good course to learn about major considerations when involved with PV plants.” Senior Manager, Building & Construction Authority, Singapore

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