The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) is an education and visitor centre demonstrating practical solutions for sustainability. They cover all aspects of green living: environmental building, eco-sanitation, woodland management, renewable energy, energy efficiency and organic growing.

We were asked to run a weekend workshop covering all aspects of solar photovoltaics (PV). The weekend was split into two days:

Day 1 covered solar resource, solar PV technology and grid-connected systems. Day 2 covered off-grid systems and economics.

This course was open to the general public and so the attendees (eleven in total) had a wide range of backgrounds. We tried to ensure that this was interesting for all levels, starting with the basic concepts and building on that. We covered a huge amount of information. We kept a practical element in the workshop and on day 2 reinforced the learning with a DIY practical, building their own solar PV powered off-grid system to power different loads, such as phone charging and lighting.

We have run a number of courses at CAT, including their City and Guild course for domestic solar PV installation, the AEES MSc solar photovoltaic module along with the Introduction to PV course.

Please contact us if you would like Re-Innovation to help with your project or provide a training course.

Client: Centre for Alternative Technology

Date: January, 2017