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


Solar PV Training in New Zealand

How to use a Solar Pathfinder for analyse a sites shading losses
How to use a Solar Pathfinder for analyse a sites shading losses

One day solar PV workshops in New Zealand

Australian Solar Council Vice President Glen Morris will deliver the training, moderate the discussion and answer your questions on many aspects of NZS 5033 (PV Arrays) and practical applications of this standard.

Glen will demonstrate some practical site assessment activities and ways to maximize the performance of a solar PV system under a range of conditions.

Location and dates:


Tuesday 2 July – Auckland

Wednesday 3 July – Wellington

Thursday 4 July – Christchurch

Contact Rebecca George for bookings:
Phone: 021 2893 893

Easy Warm

Friday 5 July – Pukekohe

Contact Barbara Elliston for bookings:
Freecall: 0508 76 93 76

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

Professional Development Workshops

Steve Ingrouille and Brian England at Solar2013

If you missed the Australian Solar Council’s great two day professional development stream at the recent Solar2013 Conference in Melbourne last May – then don’t fret. The Solar Council has bundled together the best of the best and Glen Morris is going to be touring them around nine towns and cities in Australia.

Locations and dates are:

Tuesday 18th June

Wednesday 19th June

Thursday 20th June

Tuesday 30th July

Wednesday 31th July

Coffs Harbour
Monday 23rd Sept

Monday 30th Sept

WA Regional
Saturday 5th Oct

Monday 14th October

Friday 18th Oct

Saturday 12th October


Keep and eye out on the Australian Solar Council’s website for registration and location details in the next few days.