Understand the “Big Picture” of Solar PV Plant Operations By Enhancing Your Operator Fundamentals!

Join us at the Nor-Cal Controls (Nor-Cal) Training Facility in the Northern California foothills for a deep dive into operator fundamentals as they pertain to Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems. Learn NERC fundamentals and SCADA as they apply to the electrical grid. The training topics and principles covered can be applied to any SCADA system platform (hardware/software).

EPC contractors, asset owners and solar industry professionals can all benefit from this 2-day training course. Graduates will understand the “big picture” as it applies to solar PV plant operations within the utility scale sector.

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Upcoming 2019 Training Dates

Tuesday, November 12th - Wednesday, November 13th 


Nor-Cal Controls, ES Inc.
4790 Golden Foothill Parkway
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

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Day One: Grid/NERC 101

Presented by GridSME

Day One will consist of elementary electrical system knowledge and fundamentals and how they apply to regulatory and compliance authorities within the growing power generation industry. This general knowledge will aid in providing the big picture holistic view critical to those in the industry as it pertains to Operations, Planning and Forecasting in efforts to meet present day regulatory guidelines.

  • Electrical Systems
  • System Operations
  • NERC Functions and
  • NERC Compliance
  • Operations Planning and
  • Forecasting

Day Two: SCADA 101

Presented by Nor-Cal Controls

Day Two encompasses a thorough introductory course regarding the most critical of today’s power generation aspects—the ability to gather data from site devices and use it to make time sensitive decisions to enhance productivity, efficiency and revenue generation. This course will empower the student with an understanding of SCADA systems that will work with any platform, ensuring best practices are adhered to for any utility-grade power generation site.

  • Introduction to SCADA
  • How SCADA Is Used
  • SCADA Architecture
  • SCADA Protocols
  • HMIs and Data Visualization
  • Historian Overview
  • Network Overview
  • SCADA Implementations

The training topics and principles covered can be applied to any SCADA system platform (hardware/software).


  • $1,000 base price per student for the basic 2-day course. Please inquire for pricing for the Advanced SCADA class.
  • Group Discount available: $800 per student for groups of 4 or more.
  • For group pricing, please contact us directly at training@norcalcontrols.net or call Samantha Scott at (916) 836-0800 ext.108.


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Advanced SCADA Training Classes Also Available

Nor-Cal also offers an Advanced SCADA training course for those who would like to enhance their troubleshooting knowledge on any SCADA platform. This course will be individually tailored to meet the needs and desires of the group requesting training. Students will develop the confidence and knowledge necessary to accurately and quickly determine problem areas and put forth solutions to keep plants up and running. It is recommended to have a rudimentary knowledge of SCADA systems or to have taken Nor-Cal’s introductory Solar PV Operations training course prior to engaging with the Advanced SCADA training course.

  • Tag Addition/Configuration
  • Alarm Addition/Configuration
  • Alarm Tracing
  • Device Addition/Configuration
  • Communication Driver Addition/Configuration Communication Troubleshooting (Networking)
  • Graphic Addition/Modifications
  • PLC Logic Troubleshooting
  • PLC Logic Modification
  • RTAC Troubleshooting
  • RTAC Communication Device Addition/Modification
  • RTAC Logic Troubleshooting
  • RTAC Logic Addition/Modification
  • Historical Data Analysis for Troubleshooting
  • Trending for Troubleshooting

Hotel Accommodations

The nearest hotel (1.5 miles from Nor-Cal Controls) is the Holiday Inn Express & Suites.

4360 Town Center Boulevard
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

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Food Provided

Breakfast treats with coffee and a catered lunch with refreshments will be provided on each training day. Please let us know if you have any allergies or dietary restrictions so we can make accommodations.

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