Green Building Pre-Apprenticeship Program/Solar PV Installation and Design Principles

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Modules: Introduction - Green Building - Energy - Retrofits and Energy Efficiency - Water Efficiency - Solar Hot Water - Photovoltaic


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[edit] Objectives

By the end of the Solar PV Installation and Design Principles module, students will understand:

  1. PV module, solar and electricity basics
  2. PV markets and applications
  3. PV safety, sizing, system design, maintenance, analysis and trouble shooting
  4. what it is really like on the job site

[edit] Goals

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The following are some of the main goals for the Solar PV Installation and Design Principles module.

[edit] Concepts

By the end of the Solar PV Installation and Design Principles module, students will understand the following concepts (among others):

  • Max power versus daily energy
  • Series versus parallel configuration
  • Cells, modules and arrays
  • Solar window and shading effects
  • Grid intertie
  • Solar rebates, credits and feed in tariffs

[edit] Vocabulary and units

By the end of the Solar PV Installation and Design Principles module, students will be able to confidently use the following vocabulary and/or units (among others):

  • PV, cell, module, array, DC, AC, Maximum Power Point, Open Circuit, Short Circuit, Grid intertie, Stand alone, Inverter, Charge controller, Disconnect, Nominal, Insolation, Full sun
  • kWh/(m2*day), W/m2, Voc, Isc, Imp, Vmp, Amps, Volts

[edit] Calculations

By the end of the Solar PV Installation and Design Principles module, students will be able to do the following calculations (among others):

  • Instantaneous power
  • Daily and Yearly energy

[edit] How to

By the end of the Solar PV Installation and Design Principles module, students will be comfortable doing the following (among others):

  • Use photovoltaic test equipment
  • Use volt and amp meters
  • Properly size system
  • Install panels & all equipment to grid intertie

[edit] Field trips

By the end of the Solar PV Installation and Design Principles module, students will be have gone on the following field trips (possibly among others):

  • Residential PV installation
  • University PV installation or testing station (e.g. HEIF music building PV system or Sci-D at HSU)
  • Commercial installation (e.g. Kokatat)