Declining costs and promotional policies implemented by governments and communities have spurred an increase in the deployment of rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. Increased adoption of this technology is of particular relevance in developing countries, where many residents need more accessible, affordable and reliable electricity options. To help foster continued interest in rooftop solar PV and raise awareness and understanding about its installation, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has developed a series of training materials on rooftop solar PV deployment.

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Nine recorded sessions of narrated explanations are supported by illustrative infographics and animations. The introductory video is shown above and the remaining eight sessions can be viewed here.

The series covers:

  • Why solar PV is a reliable option for residential electricity source, including its financial and socio-environmental benefits,
  • Types and components of a solar PV system,
  • Criteria for deploying PV systems,
  • Different setup connections of solar PV systems to meet users’ needs,
  • Aspects to consider when installing rooftop PV system to optimize its output,
  • Ways to quantify energy consumption,
  • Options for financing the system,
  • The steps to install rooftop solar PV that includes working with a contractor.

IRENA also offers a SolarCity Simulator web application designed to help users to assess solar PV potential in their areas and move forward with installations that fit their needs. One of the sessions in this new training series demonstrates how to seamlessly navigate the simulator that now includes the mapping of rooftop solar PV potential in twelve cities worldwide.

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