The importance of compliance with technical standards when developing solar PV and other renewable energy systems

This course provides an overview of the compliance and good practice requirements of solar PV systems, and why these are important in a sector experiencing exponential growth.

It provides a holistic outline of the technical standards required to design and install solar PV systems. These include both UK (BS) and international IEC standards, as well as other regulations. It outlines how they are interlinked and feed back to the HSE ESQCR regulations, which is a fundamental statutory regulation.

The course is aimed at all stakeholders including asset owners, lenders, insurers, operators, and installation organisations. It highlights the interconnectivity of the standards and regulations that apply to solar PV systems and the complexity of ensuring compliance with all necessary requirements. It also considers the potential consequences of non-compliance from a range of perspectives.


The course outlines the standards and requirements relating to compliant systems and their importance

  • HSE requirements
  • Grid compliance requirements
  • The UK & international certification bodies
  • Insurance requirements
  • Design requirements
  • Maintenance requirements
  • Contractual requirements
  • Ethical requirements e.g. modern slavery
  • Other requirements

It reviews the current situation within the sector and considers potential gaps and areas where awareness needs to be raised or improvements can be made.

Who would benefit from attending this course?

The course is designed to raise awareness of both the importance and complexity of compliance issues within the sector. The practical insights provided by the course will be of benefit to all stakeholders in the sector including:

  • Owners
  • Lenders
  • Insurers
  • Installers
  • Certifying bodies
  • O&M providers
  • Purchasers


James Hoare is an Engineering Council registered Chartered Engineer (Electrical, Energy & Energy Management) with 35 years’ experience in utility power systems engineering, of which the last 30 have been in renewable energy systems.

James was involved with the grid connection of the UK’s first commercial wind farm at Delabole in 1991, and has been extensively involved with solar PV, since 2000, including off grid, domestic, public sector, commercial and large-scale projects. This knowledge covers feasibility, design, project management, O&M and verification and validation.

James sits on a number of renewable energy technical advisory panels and is an associate for the BRE National Solar Centre. James holds additional technical expertise in Heat Pumps, Solar Thermal and Energy Management.

James is an IET President’s List recommended Expert Witness for PV and HV systems.

Teaching method

This is a half-day online course with training materials included.

This course can also be customised or provided in-house, via classroom delivery, for individual companies to meet specific requirements and learning objectives.

If you would like to discuss the possibility of arranging an in-house or customised course, please contact Ben Robinson at or (+44) (0)7869 30743


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