Introduction To Off Grid Power Systems

A practical, hands-on course in designing and building off-grid power systems.

Description: The key concepts for designing and building off-grid power systems. Discussing the value of off-grid systems, sharing knowledge on how to build your own system to power lighting or electronic devices.

For: Anyone with an interest in renewable energy and generating and supplying their own power, building off-grid power systems, automotive or marine power applications.

Benefit: Gain theoretical knowledge and practical experience.

What you will learn:

  • Key concepts in the supply of electricity and basic electrical theory.
  • Key concepts in the design and specification of off-grid power systems.
  • How to size a basic off-grid power system involving PV panels and a battery.
  • Basic specification and selection of components.
  • Assembly of a basic off-grid power system with PV panels and batteries.

Existing knowledge required: Some familiarity with basic electrical theory will aid understanding but is not required.

Trainer: Ben Aylott, Carbon Co-op

Works in the areas of energy systems, he has a masters in Solar Energy Engineering from the European Solar Engineering School and experience in designing and building real world off-grid power systems in a variety of contexts.



Sat 11th November 2017

Sat 3rd Februry 2018

Sat 20th October 2018

Time: 10am-4pm

Venue: URBED, 10a Little Lever Street, Manchester, M1 1HR


  • Member early bird – £40
  • Non-member early bird – £50
  • Member standard – £55
  • Non-member standard – £70

Early bird rates end 4 weeks before course date.


This training is a part of Carbon Co-op’s Home Energy Training Programme, see more here: