Training Manual for Engineers on Solar PV System


Training Manual for Engineers on Solar PV System

The Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (AEPC) was founded in 1996 as an apex government body to promote the use of renewable energy technologies to meet the energy needs of Nepal's rural areas. Following the successful completion of the first phase of the Energy Sector Assistance Programme (ESAP), AEPC launched the second phase of the programme in March 2007, with support from the governments of Denmark and Norway. Solar energy assistance is one of the program's various components.

Training Manual for Engineers on Solar PV System

ESAP has been carrying out various trainings for capacity building of partner organisations in order to promote PV technology among the rural population who do not have access to electricity. A manual has been developed with the help of experts and others concerned as a training tool for Solar Design Engineers.


This volume of the Training Manual for Engineers on Solar PV Systems contains technical details needed for the feasibility study, design, and implementation of institutional Solar Photovoltaic systems. The manual contains sufficient information and guidelines for use in training for engineers working in solar PV or interested in working in the sector.

The authors' team of PV expert Prof. Dr. Dinesh Kumar Sharma and energy expert Engineer Shree Raja Shakya worked hard to prepare this manual. I'd like to thank them for their efforts in this endeavour.

Contents in Training Manual for Engineers on Solar PV System


1. Skill Standards of CTEVT, Skill Testing/ Certification procedures 1

2. Features and requirements for Skill Standard tests and certification

procedures for solar photovoltaic Design Engineer and Technicians 3

3. History of development of solar photovoltaic technology in Nepal 5

4. Basics of Electrical Engineering 11

5. Fundamentals of solar photovoltaic technology 27

6. Components of a solar photovoltaic system 57

7. Solar home system (SHS) design and installation 95

8. Repair and maintenance of components of solar photovoltaic systems 125

9. Design aspects of large solar photovoltaic systems

(non-pumping applications) 149

10. Design aspects of water pumping systems 189

11. Socio – techno Economic Feasibility Study 221



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