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  Solar Photovoltaic Systems Design, Installation, and Troubleshooting - Energy 143 

Adjunct Professor: Steve Geiger
Phone: 916-484-8354
Email: geigers@arc.losrios.edu

Prerequisite: ENERGY 141, Electrical & Mechanical Applications for Solar Installers and ENERGY 142, NABCEP Entry Level Test Review with grades of “C” or better
Hours: 54 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
Course Description: This advanced course in solar photovoltaic (PV) energy offers the opportunity for hands-on experience designing, installing, and troubleshooting grid-tie and stand alone PV systems. Topics include hardware and software tools used in the solar PV industry, blueprint reading, calculating component size and capacity, and personal safety. Additionally, it covers calculating PV panel string sizing when working with grid tie inverters and battery sizing when designing stand alone PV systems. National Electrical Code (NEC) and fire code wire sizing, fusing, and other safety instructions and procedures are reviewed. Field trips are required. This course may be taken two times for credit using different hardware. 10 Hour Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) training provided. Students must pay the OSHA required fee in order to obtain the OSHA safety card.

ARC Energy Website: http://www.arc.losrios.edu/Programs_of_Study/Technical_Education/Energy.htm

ARC Energy Classes - Catalog: http://web.arc.losrios.edu/catalog/Energy.pdf

For This Class:

Course Syllabus PDF


Assignments List

Wire Sizing Quiz
Voltage Drop Quiz
Wire Sizing Example Word Problem

Class LAB Projects:

Create-A-Lab Student Project

Inventory List
Ground Trac - Ground Mount System

Study Guides:

How to Take Multiple Choice Tests


PV Modules PDF
Inverters PDF
Mounts & Rails PDF

Safety: PDF

Safety - Lethal Shock
Safe Meter Usage
OSHA Electrical Safety
OSHA Fall Safety
OSHA Green Job Hazards
OSHA PPE Assessment
OSHA PPE Guide for Small Business
Hard Hat Classes

Career Lesson:

Taking NotesPDF
10 Steps - Note Taking PDF
Resume Resources PDF
Solar Job Resources PDF
Sample Installer Resume
Cover Letter Info
Cover Letter Template
E-Portfolio PDF
Portfolio Sites
Sample Interview Questions PDF
Sample Interview Questions to Ask PDF
Doing an Informational Interview
True Colors - What is your Personality Profile? PDF
True Colors Personality Test (Link)
DISC Profile Info (Link)
Local Industry Articles
Green Job Websites

Other Helpful Info:

Solar Industry Related Links PDF
PV Magazines, Trade Show Search PDF
PV Industry News Sources (World & Local)
Cal Fire Solar PV Installation Guideline (Link to PDF)
Basic Tools for Installers PDF
Sample Three Line Drawing - Enphase PDF
NEC 2008 - 690 PDF
NEC 2008 Tables 310.16 - 17 PDF
NEC 2008 Chp 9 - Tables 8-9 PDF
Celsius to Fahrenheit Conversion Chart PDF
Square Root of 3 PDF
3 Phase Delta and WYE PDF
Orientation & Pitch Excerpt from - A GUIDE TO PV SYSTEM DESIGN AND INSTALLATION by the CEC PDF

Other Helpful Website Links:

Brooks Solar
Jim Dunlop Solar
Grid Alternatives

  Class Lecture Notes: PDF

Class 1
Site Assessment
Wire Sizing 1
     Wire Sizing 1 - Example Problem
Wire Sizing 2
Voltage Drop
Intro to 3 Phase
Midterm Review
3 Phase Review
Final Review

Class Presentations:

Common Breaker Sizes
Common Fuse Sizes
NEC 240.6 Fuse and Breaker Sizes
Conduit Bending Basics

Transformer Chart

Battery/Off-Grid Articles: PDF

Top 10 Battery Blunders - Home Power Magazine
Battery Box Basics - Home Power Magazine
PV Done Right - Grid Tie, Battery Backup, and System Monitoring - Home Power Magazine
Flooded Lead Acid Battery Maintenance - Home Power Magazine


Design Spreadsheet (Link)
Great PV Drawing Resource: Brooks Engineering (Link)
Solar Quotation Software
How To Do PV Design
Sample Jurisdiction Submission Requirements - City of Roseville PDF

Article 1 - String Sizing Tools and Choosing an Inverter PDF
Article 2 - String Sizing - Ask the Experts PDF

Other Articles:

PV Grounding - John Wiles - Home Power - CC103 (Link)



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