Off-grid and hybrid solar training

Students in class

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Glen Morris will be running an eight day (over three weeks) stand-alone power system course at Swinburne University.

This course delivers the five units (K123A, K125A, K128A, K134A, K139A) required by the Clean Energy Council for electricians or electrical/electronics engineers to gain “SPS” endorsement of their accreditation.


12-14, 19-21, 27-28 March 2014

To enrol contact Swinburne University


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For those that don’t need CEC accreditation but wish to learn more about battery/inverter systems connected to the grid (commonly referred to has “hybrid”), Glen will be running a series of “PV with On-Site Storage” courses under the auspices of the Australian Solar Council.



2-4 February (includes extra practical day)


25-26 March (theory only)


3-4 April (theory only)

To register please visit the Australian Solar Council



Stand Alone Solar PV Training at Moora Moora Coop

Solar Stand Alone Short Course (Swinburne University of Technology)

Images from Glen Morris’s stand alone power systems course at Moora Moora Community Coop (Healesville, Victoria). This is the practical component (3 days) of the nine day course. Students are required to complete a range of tasks including: checking flooded and VRLA batteries, downloading performance history from inverters and charge controllers, and installing PV modules, inverters, batteries, isolators and d.c. cabling.

Installing a PV powered solar water heating system (aka "Hot PV")
Installing a PV powered solar water heating system (aka “Hot PV”)
Connecting PV panel mounting rails
Connecting PV panel mounting rails
SPS Moora Moora July-6
“Hot PV” system being installed. Bottom row of PV heats water only.
Checking cell voltages on battery bank
Checking cell voltages on battery bank
SPS Moora Moora July-15
Downloading performance history from Flexmax 60/80 charge controllers
Water ram at Coop spring
Water ram in action. Uses falling water to pump water.
SPS Moora Moora July-25
Walking up from visiting the water ram

Mounting inverter

Fitting SP Pro inverter to renovated house.

Connecting battery leads

Installing the battery voltage sensing cables. The SP Pro inverter uses three sense wires so that it can monitor the actual battery voltage when high currents are flowing in the battery leads and to measure the voltage of each half of the battery bank so that it can check for a weak cell in the bank.

Heat shrinking cables

Heat shrinking the battery cables

fitting out the stand alone power room

Installing the AERL charge controller


View from Mount Toolebewong (Moora Moora Coop)


Drawing stand alone system wiring diagrams


Buddhist prayer flags


Home garden


Microhydro supply line


Assessing an old stand alone power system (SPS)


Old SPS system (24V array)


Cleaning the tops of batteries


Checking some flooded batteries with hydrometer


Eight year old battery enclosure – still going strong


Ground mount system


Downloading the history from inverter


Analysing the data


Retrieving charge controller history manually


Checking for hot cells or hot spots on existing array


Tea time in the kitchen


Susanna, our chef, preparing lunch


Another delicious lunch


30 year old PV modules on “test” shed


Wombat Hollow Cluster


1.75kW PV system on shed attached to house

SPS Moora 27 June

Microhydro “Streamengine” 2kW turgo turbine

SPS Moora 27 June-4

Microhydro inverter and controller

SPS Moora 27 June-9

Selectronic SP Pro 241 being programmed on site

SPS Moora 27 June-17

Class visit to Selectronic’s factory in Chirnside Park

SPS Moora 27 June-22

Ivan Carter of Selectronic giving the students some tips on setting up an a.c. coupled system

SPS Moora 27 June-23

Selectronic’s most common installer fault – not sufficiently tightening the main battery cables


Off-grid SPS Training Course

Enrol in Swinburne University of Technology’s Stand-alone Power System Short Course

Swinburne students with off-grid equipment

Nine day course consisting of:

Six days held at the Wantirna Campus in Melbourne

See Swinburne’s Short Courses website for details

Three day off-grid practicals at Moora Moora Community Coop (Healesville/Mount Toolebewong)

NB. An equivalent amount of online learning and assessment is to be completed in the student’s own time.

Enquiries please call Sonja on (03) 9726 1616
or send an email to

Enrol in Sydney SPS Course

To enrol in Swinburne’s SPS Short Course to be held:

Ausgrid Training Facility Silverwater (Sydney)

Tuesday 4 to Friday 7 June

Tuesday 11 to Wednesday 12 June

Moora Moora Community Coop (Healesville/Mount Toolebewong)

Tuesday 25 to Thursday 27 June

Please download Part A and B of the enrolment form and send to:

Vishal Khanna

Centre for Engineering, Technology and Trades
Electrical and Renewable Energy
Swinburne University of Technology – TAFE Division
Wantirna Campus | 369 Stud Road, Wantirna 3152
Phone: (03) 9210 1987

2013 TAFE Enrol Form Part A

2013 TAFE Enrol Form Part B

To confirm your place please call Vishal first. Numbers are strictly limited.

Solar Training

Swinburne student checking that status of the SP Pro/Kaco a.c. coupled system
Swinburne student checking that status of the SP Pro/Kaco a.c. coupled system
Students configuring a battery on grid system
Students configuring a battery on grid system


Swinburne students with off-grid equipment
Swinburne students with off-grid equipment
thermal imaging camera on PV panels
Using a IR camera to look for hot spots and failed diodes on a PV module
aerl dc charge controller
Installing the AERL Coolmax Maximiser d.c. charge controller
Swinburne solar grid class
Some of my solar grid-connect students in front of a Sanyo HIT pole mount array


cleaning pv modules
By cleaning the thin layer of dust off these modules their output went up 10%
safe working at heights 1
Safety always comes first – good planing and documentation of all hazardous work activities is imperative
Skystream installation at Swinburne's Wantirna Campus
Tightening the hub bolts on the Skystream 3.7 turbine
UPS system 1
SP Pro and Outback FM60 installed as part of a grid-connected system with battery backup
Solar students at Hawthorn Campus 2
Swinburne grid-connect students on the roof of Hawthorn Campus
Solar students at Hawthorn Campus 1
Swinburne grid-connect installation at Hawthorn Campus
Pole mounted PV
Pole mounted Sanyo HIT modules at Swinburne’s Wantirna Campus
Morton Island SPS
Example of a high quality stand-alone power system – installed by PowerSafe of Brisbane

Solar training at Swinburne University of Technology. Glen Morris is running a range of grid-connect and stand-alone short course at Swinburne’s Wantirna Campus. See here for more information.

Students can complete learning tasks and assessments here.