The Economics of Grid-Tied Solar Photovoltaics

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Class Fee: 


Rob Baron, P.ENG.


  • SESA Members who sign in before registering get 10% OFF!
  • Every who signs up may qualify for the Alberta Job Grant! 
  • Consider combining several of our classes in your application.

This one-day workshop will explore the economic advantages of grid-tied solar PV micro-generation systems with Alberta-specific examples.  In this session you will learn to:

  • Explain how energy, transmission and distribution charges are influenced with the addition of a solar PV micro-generator
  • Project the economic value of a proposed solar PV project
  • Estimate the return from a solar PV investment and compare to other investments or grid purchased electricity
  • Determine payback periods for specific projects
  • Evaluate the value of incentive programs
  • Communicate cost and benefits to potential solar PV customers.
  • Use on-line tools and spreadsheets to evaluate economic payback of a proposed project

Students are required to bring a laptop computer. You will need to download RetScreen onto your computer, and this software works best with Windows Operating System. See Software troubleshooting for more details. Computers also need Microsoft™ Excel or equivalent spreadsheet program and the capabilities to connect to a wireless network for internet access.

Workshop instructor

  • Rob is the program head and solar technology instructor for the Renewable Energy and Conservation diploma program at Lakeland College. He recently completed a 6-year research project investigating the integration of multiple renewable energy technologies within the Alberta context. Rob is also the principle developer of the recently released Municipal Climate Change Action Centre’s On-line Solar Cost Calculator.

Pay 1/3 of the Price

  • Bundle this class with our other classes. Any amount over 21 hours can qualify you for the Canada-Alberta Job Grant (CAJG), which covers 2/3 of the class cost. It takes about 2 months for an application to be processed so sign up in advance. Click Here for More Information and To Apply. 
  • Please direct your questions about the Job Grant program to a Workforce Consultant of Alberta Labour. They can be reached by email, at [email protected], or phone: 780-638-9424 within Edmonton, or toll-free 1-855-638-9424.