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Energy Storage Basics (Webinar)

June 28, 2024

Course Description:

Energy Storage Systems (ESS) are the key to increasing the amount of renewables on the grid. This class will cover the basics of ESS terminology and common ESS battery chemistries, such as lithium-ion and lead-acid. We will introduce you to the many ways that ESSs can pay off, lower utility bills and how this helps the grid. The class will cover different ESS configurations, such as dc-coupling and ac-coupling. We will dive into the basics of relevant codes and standards and how this affects permitting. The future may very well include a lot of 4-wheeled energy storage systems, also known as V2G (vehicle to grid), since most batteries are going into cars.

Taught by Sean White, this class is geared towards anyone buying, selling or installing ESSs and provides attendees with a basic technical level of understanding of ESSs. This class will also provide prerequisite and continuing education credit for NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) certifications.

Instructor Information:

Sean White

Sean White teaches customized solar PV courses for NABCEP credit globally. He is a NABCEP Associate Provider and a NABCEP Registered Continuing Education provider. Sean has authored 8 Solar PV and Energy Storage books and is always working on more. He teaches course for various entities. Sean teaches NEC workshops at SPI and Intersolar. Sean was the 2014 IREC Trainer of the year and the SNEC Online Trainer of the Decade in 2020.


  • Energy Storage Basic Terminology
  • Lithium-Ion vs. Lead-Acid Batteries
  • How Energy Storage Can Lower a Utility Bill
  • How Energy Storage Helps the Grid
  • AC-Coupling and DC-Coupling Storage with Solar PV
  • Other Energy Storage and Why Lithium-Ion Batteries are Winning
  • Comparing Different Systems
  • ESS Codes and Standards, Where to Find the Rules (NEC, IRC, IBC, IFC, UL)
  • Locations for ESS, Walls, Garages, Inside and Outside
  • SolSmart ESS Simplified Permit Process
  • The Future of Energy Storage-Batteries on Wheels (EVs)

Learning Outcomes:

  • Explain many reasons why energy storage is such important infrastructure in helping more renewables become integrated into the energy mix.
  • Discuss how energy storage systems are designed and installed.

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June 28
10:00 am - 12:00 pm PDT
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