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Fall Quarter: DER Communication Installation Considerations

November 2, 2021 | 12:00 am - November 20, 2021 | 12:00 am PDT

Date: Fall Quarter, Starting November 2, 2021

Course Number: ECE-40312

Credits: 1.00 unit(s)

Related Certificate Programs:

Communications Software Development for DER

For questions related to this course visit sunspeccyberguardians.org or contact membership@sunspec.org.

About the Course:

With the passage of IEEE 1547-2018 as of 2021, nearly all Distributed Energy Resources, including solar PV, energy storage systems, and natural gas/diesel generators, will be required to communicate with utilities and system operators using communication protocols specified by the IEEE 1547 standard. While the application of data communication networks in this field is not new, the inclusion of data communication features in definition of a Distributed Energy Resource (DER) system makes data communication essential to the viability of the system. Accordingly, DER system installation companies are required to have personnel who know how to apply these technologies in secure and reliable manner.

This course will provide individuals wishing to become network technicians in the energy business with the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to install, configure, and operate DER networks on rooftop, commercial, and utility-scale energy generation systems.

Course Highlights:

  • Theory of operation
  • System design considerations
  • Role of IEEE 1547 – 2018
  • Smart inverter function and their applications
  • Relationship between electrical functions and communication functions
  • Working with Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJ)
  • Role of proprietary communication protocols
  • Network security considerations
  • Installation and scheduling considerations
  • Commissioning and default settings
  • Coordination with operations team
  • Necessary certifications and regulatory requirements
  • Additional resources
  • Products and available solutions

Course Learning Outcomes:

  • Explain the theory of operation
  • Include necessary guidelines during system design
  • Understand the role of IEEE 1547 – 2018
  • Apply smart inverter functions
  • Explain the relationship between electrical functions and communication functions
  • Work with Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJ)
  • Understand proprietary communication protocols
  • Incorporate network security
  • Schedule and time installations
  • Commission and set default settings
  • Coordinate with operations team
  • Identify necessary certifications and regulatory requirements
  • Select appropriate products and solutions


    November 2, 2021 | 12:00 am PDT
    November 20, 2021 | 12:00 am PDT
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