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PV 101.11 Basic Photovoltaics

Course Description

This four-week course uses a combination of lecture and classroom activities to teach the basics of solar electric systems. Participants will learn how photovoltaic (PV) systems work, diagram the four PV system types, describe and identify components, understand the best application and limitations of each system type, define the solar window, make energy efficiency recommendations, estimate system loads, and understand the basics of PV site assessment.

Course Instructor

Tracy Hall

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Define photovoltaics
  • Explain how photovoltaic systems work
  • Diagram the four system types
  • Describe and identify components of a photovoltaic system
  • Identify the best application and limitations of each system type
  • Define the solar window
  • Use Ohm's Law
  • Read an electric utility bill
  • Estimate electrical loads
  • Make energy efficiency recommendations
  • Identify PV mounting types
  • Explain the basics of a PV site assessment
  • Calculate system costs
  • Describe financial incentives for PV

Prerequisites

None

Continuing Education Units

  • 8.0 continuing education credits for NABCEP PV Installer Certification
  • 6.5 learning units for American Institute of Architects (AIA) - HSW/SD
  • 8.0 credit hours for WI Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification
  • 7.5 credit hours for WI Commercial Electrical Inspector Certification
  • 7.5 credit hours for WI Journeyman and Master Electrician Certification
  • 7.5 credit hours for WI UDC - Electrical Inspector Certification

Required Materials

  • Pencil, pen and paper
  • Calculator

Suggested Materials

Meeting Details

This course will meet once a week for four weeks on Tuesdays, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

October 9th, 2012 6:00 PM   through   October 30th, 2012 8:00 PM
6701 Delaware St
Merrillville Community Schools
Merrillville, IN 46410
United States

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Non MREA Member Price $ 110.00
MREA Member Price $ 90.00

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