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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


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

Goals

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

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

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

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/Yearly energy

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

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)