The large scale solar industry is growing at an incredibly rapid rate, and it’s one of the most dynamic and exciting sectors to be a part of right now.

However – even with all the growth, the fundamental skills are still extremely important. The ability to rapidly comprehend construction drawings stands as a critical skill for any professional – whether they’re in the field, the office, or a mix of both. These detailed blueprints are more than mere technical documents; they are the lifeblood of any successful solar project. They offer a comprehensive visual representation of the project’s scope, detailing the placement of solar panels, inverters, transformers, and other critical electrical components… along with holding critical information that the installation teams need for a high quality build.

My most recent course – Understanding Construction Drawings in Utility Scale Solar, is broken up into the following three sections:

Basics of Solar PV

The journey into understanding construction drawings begins with a foundational grasp of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. Recognizing the components and their functions within a solar array is crucial. Construction drawings in the utility-scale solar sector are intricate, reflecting not just the layout but also the interconnections and dependencies of various elements. As such, a solid grounding in solar PV basics is not just recommended; it’s essential.

The Basics of Construction Drawings

For those new to the field or looking to deepen their expertise, the second module of the course delves into the basics of construction drawings. This section is designed to demystify the symbols, scales, and notations commonly used. Understanding these elements is vital for accurately interpreting the plans and ensuring that the physical construction aligns with the intended design.

The Details of Construction Drawings

The final segment of the course takes a deep dive into the nuances of construction drawings – specific to the large scale solar industry. This module is tailored for those who are ready to engage with more complex aspects, such as interpreting sectional views, understanding electrical schematics, and recognizing the significance of revisions and updates to the drawings. Mastery of these details is not just about technical proficiency; it’s about foreseeing challenges, optimizing resources, and ensuring efficiency on-site. We also dive deep on drawing sheets that are specific to the large scale solar industry.

In utility-scale solar projects, the stakes are high, and the margins for error are slim. Construction drawings are the roadmap to a successful project, guiding every phase from planning to execution. This course, with its structured approach to understanding these crucial documents, is an invaluable resource for professionals seeking to excel in the solar industry. Whether you’re a site engineer, project manager, or aspiring leader in this field, mastering construction drawings is a step you cannot afford to skip… and we look forward to seeing you in this highly rated and well reviewed course!