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Location Humboldt County, California

Objectives[edit | edit source]

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

  1. How to do a solar site assessment
  2. How a solar hot water system operates
  3. How to describe and use some of the tools of the trade
  4. How to solder copper fitting and plumbing components

Goals[edit | edit source]

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

Concepts[edit | edit source]

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

  • Drain back
  • Heat transfer in solar thermal systems
  • Closed versus open loops

Vocabulary and units[edit | edit source]

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

  • Closed loop, Closed loop glycol, Open loop, Thermosiphon, passive, active, direct, indirect
  • BTU/(panel*day), Therms consumed, feet of head

Calculations[edit | edit source]

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

  • BTU (needed)

How to[edit | edit source]

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

  • Size a system
  • Solder
  • Wire pump and control
  • Mount and check sensors
  • Mount collectors on roof
  • Use a solar path finder and do solar site assessment

Field trips[edit | edit source]

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

  • BCAT
  • Residential Solar hot water
  • Solar Trainer – CR Main Campus
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Part of Northern California Green Building Pre-Apprenticeship Program
Type Location
Keywords solar hot water, solar energy, thermal energy
Authors Lonny Grafman
Published 2011
License CC-BY-SA-4.0
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