Course Summary
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40 hours
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Credit Recommendation & Competencies
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Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 solar photovoltaics systems


The course objective is to prepare students for the completion of the Photovoltaics Advanced Bundle. This bundle is a combination of the following courses Photovoltaics 1 and Photovoltaics 2. Photovoltaics 1 covers all aspects of PV system installations, with an emphasis on requirements of the National Electrical Code. Additional topics include principles of solar radiation, site surveys and planning, components and systems, electrical and mechanical integration, permitting utility interconnection, and operations and maintenance. Photovoltaics 2 explains in detail how the system operates and the maintenance needed in order for the system to operate properly. Students will also learn more about the batteries and charge controllers used in photovoltaic systems and will determine what size system is needed to be installed for the size of the job being completed.

Learning Outcomes:

  • identify the proper size of a photovoltaic (PV) system according to the job
  • list key factors involved with operating and maintaining PV systems
  • identify some of the batteries and charge controllers used in PV systems
  • identify the different permits and inspections needed while installing a PV system
  • analyze the economic advantages of using a PV system
  • identify photovoltaic systems and the components that correspond with them
  • understand the fundamentals of photovoltaic devices and solar radiation
  • explain different photovoltaic modules and arrays.
  • analyze the relationship between the sun and the earth

General Topics:

  • Introduction to photovoltaic systems
  • Fundamentals of solar radiation
  • Solar radiation data and measurements
  • Site surveys and planning
  • Photovoltaic systems and components
  • Fundamentals of photovoltaic devices
  • Photovoltaic modules and arrays
  • Inverters
  • Electrical integration I
  • Utility interconnection
  • Sun-earth relationships
  • Batteries
  • Charge controllers
  • System sizing
  • Mechanical integration
  • Electrical integration II
  • Permitting and inspection
  • Commissioning, maintenance, and troubleshooting
  • Economic analysis
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Classroom Exercise
  • Computer Based Training
  • Discussion
  • Laboratory
  • Learner Presentations
  • Lectures
  • Practical Exercises

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations
  • Other
  • Performance Rubrics (Checklists)
  • Presentations
  • Quizzes
  • Classroom Participation

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials