Solar Energy Systems: Configuration, Wiring & Grounding

Learn everything about the Wiring & Configuration options for your Solar Array, explained by the Energy Engineer.

Hello Solar Energy Enthusiast!

What you’ll learn

  • Your PV Solar Array Configuration Options: The changes in voltage, amperage and power output.
  • The Protective Equipment: Direct Current breakers, Fuses and how they work.
  • Wiring and Connectors: PV Combiner Boxes, Single Contact PV Connectors & MC4 connectors.
  • Grounding and it’s Importance: Grounding Rods & PV grounding connections and the o.

Course Content

  • Configuration –> 12 lectures • 43min.
  • Wiring –> 15 lectures • 55min.

Solar Energy Systems: Configuration, Wiring & Grounding


  • No prior knowledge required: You will learn everything you need to know..
  • This course is part of a larger set of courses for Grid Tied Solar Energy Systems: You might be interested in the other sections as well!.

Hello Solar Energy Enthusiast!


My goal is to make sure you will enjoy this course! Since you are reading this, it means you are looking for a reliable source of information related to Grid-Tied Solar Energy Systems: Through this course, I will share with you my extensive knowledge and experience.


And lucky you! Through this course you will get a condensed version of all the fundamentals you need to be aware of. I have included several short multiple choice questions, through which you can self-test whether you have absorbed the knowledge adequately throughout the course. And to spice it up, we will also take numerous virtual excursions to websites of manufacturers of different components of a solar system. Through this approach, we make sure that we bridge the following gaps:

  • We make sure that you get the relevant and unbiased knowledge from an experienced professional
  • You have the possibility to test your knowledge and freely browse through the content of the course as per your preferences
  • We will bridge the gap between theory & real-life examples by reviewing numerous product options which you might come across as you will be shopping for your system components

I am glad you are interested in this course: It will teach you all the relevant knowledge, without any ‘fluff’, and includes several brief multiple-choice questions to test your knowledge.


I have created this course for you, fueled by my academic background in Renewable Energy Engineering and extensive field experience in the design and installation of PV Energy Systems. You are getting a very good deal: I will summarize for you all that I have learned over the years, and all you have to do is push the button and starting soaking up the information. Lucky you!


During this course, we will review and learn about the following topics:

  • Module-to-module configuration options
  • A review of the voltage, amperage and power values
  • Series versus Parallel wiring
  • The differences between cell & module configurations
  • Module versus Photo Voltaic [PV] cell voltages
  • PV array power output and voltages
  • Online solar PV calculator examples
  • Overcast & Partial shading conditions
  • Bypass diodes and wiring options
  • The effect of voltage fluctuations on power output
  • Watthours & Amphours
  • Battery charging calculations & examples
  • The principles of Alternating Current [AC] versus Direct Current [DC]
  • AC frequency and the effective versus peak voltage
  • DC versus AC appliances
  • The American Wire Gauge [AWG] and it’s origins
  • The AWG chart and gauge steps
  • Wire drawing principles: How it’s made
  • The Metric Wire system
  • AWG-to-Metric wire size conversion and vise versa
  • PV single contact solar connectors & MC4 connectors
  • Solar crimping tools and their advantages
  • Solar PV junction boxes
  • Bypass diodes in junction boxes & where to find the specifications
  • The Ingress Protection [IP] rating system
  • Fuses, their operation principles and design ratings
  • Solar PV breakers & Arc Extinguishing Chambers [AEC’s]
  • Instantaneous versus Slow Tripping Current rating
  • The characteristics and components of DC breakers
  • DC Arc’s and how they are being extinguished
  • Examples of DC circuit breaker models
  • PV Solar Combiner Boxes and configuration examples
  • Examples of ‘plug & play’ PV combiner boxes
  • Earth & Grounding: The operating principles
  • Grounding rods and how they protect you and your system
  • The location of grounding holes in your PV modules


The main outline of this course is as follows:


  • Series & Parallel
    • Cell versus Module
    • Series versus Parallel
    • Partial shading
  • Voltage & Current
    • Amphours & Watthours
  • AC & DC


  • Wires & Connectors
    • AWG versus Metric
    • Connectors
    • Junction Boxes
  • Breakers & Fuses
    • Fuses
    • Breakers
    • Combiner Boxes
  • Grounding


Take action now! Educate yourself by staring this course, so that you will be able to make well-informed decisions for your system. TIP: Udemy offers a very generous refund policy in case the course content turns out different than expected.


See you soon!



Jesse Gorter

Renewable an Sustainable Energy Engineer, Master of Engineering

Mechanical Engineer, Energy Technology, Bachelor of Engineering


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